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Senior Project Manager

At Smashing Ideas, we make things that matter. We’re a team of creative pioneers partnering with Global 500 companies to create groundbreaking digital products and services (think mobile apps, AR/VR, websites, internet-of-things, etc.). We take complex challenges and use a combination of business strategy, user experience design, and technical aptitude to craft cutting-edge solutions that transform the lives of end-users. Our team is comprised of fun, curious, and brilliantly eccentric individuals collaborating in an environment that nurtures creativity and exploration. Put simply, we solve hard problems and make some really cool things. 

As a Senior Project Manager at Smashing Ideas, you play an integral role in leading talented and diverse teams through the product development lifecycle. You are an empathetic leader, guiding your collaborators through the creative process as you build something new and transformational.

What You'll Do:

  • Lead, support, and motivate internal and external teams of developers, QA engineers, designers, strategists, and producers.
  • Based on budget, capacity and skillset, create and manage staff plans and schedules for each project.
  • Plan, track, and assure quality through all project phases.
  • Analyze existing processes and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Create client-facing reports and documentation related to production operations.
  • Conduct daily stand-ups in order to review project activity, providing current status information and addressing issues or barriers that may prevent a smooth workflow.
  • Provide direction on business decisions and in the execution of projects.
  • Effectively manage internal team, client and stakeholder expectations throughout projects
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risks, and create contingency plans.
  • Review and approve deliverables prepared by team before posting for client.
  • Oversee and coordinate all project documentation, including project briefs, functional specifications, bug reports, and knowledge transfer to project stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with others, identify, vet and hire contractors and outside partners necessary for project execution.
  • Support business development initiatives in the scoping, estimating, and pitching of new project opportunities.
  • Mentor and guide producers and associate producers.

Who You Are:

  • Critical Thinker: You’re able to evaluate feedback and ideas from clients and team members, consider all implications and risks, and determine the best next steps and recommendations that will benefit your projects.
  • Communicator: You know how to develop and communicate an idea to clients, how to exchange ideas with technical and creative types and how to keep your teams motivated and informed.
  • Negotiator: You’re comfortable discussing project scope, schedules and budgets with clients and vendors, as well as working out project details with internal teams.
  • Problem Solver: You can anticipate most issues before they occur, and you can find solutions quickly and effectively.
  • Collaborator: You build and nurture positive working relationships with clients, partners, and internal teams.​ 

Does This Sound Like You?

  • Minimum of five years experience leading teams and collaborating on large-scale, complex digital projects within an agency environment.
  • Minimum of two years working directly with clients.
  • Passion for working and leading in a fast-paced, high-volume production environment.
  • High level of ownership, enthusiasm, and a collaborative, professional temperament.
  • Proven supervisory, mentoring, and talent development skills.
  • Ability to be attentive and responsive to client concerns.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task within time and technical constraints.
  • Ability to establish effective collaborative working relationships across different functional areas.
  • Strong working knowledge of current web and mobile technologies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies.
  • Experience with MS Project.
  • Experience with Atlassian, JIRA, and Confluence.
  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced training or certification required.
  • Scrum Master or Product Owner Certification preferred.
  • Experience working with and building remote teams a plus.

*This is an onsite role in our Seattle, WA office; no relocation assistance is available for this position.

**This is an onsite position in our beautiful Seattle, WA office. This is not a Telecommute/Remote Work position.**

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