At AKQA, we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering impressive returns for our clients.
As an AKQA Project Director, you will be responsible for the overall direction and management of projects, ensuring consistency with corporate strategy, consistency of process across projects and client satisfaction.
Work with both Client Services and Project Management to structure projects from the outset.
Provide qualified guidance / consultation to Client Services and Project Management inform and demonstrate best practice, etc.
Ensure satisfactory liaison with AKQA clients and other teams at project level.
Lead project delivery and be responsible for delivering projects on time, within budget and to quality.
Monitor project costs and timeframes against budgets and milestones, proactively managing exceptions to ensure delivery to quality and plan.
Work with Project Managers to identify, manage and mitigate project risks and issues, ensuring effective mitigation and risk strategies are fed back to the Delivery team.
Forecast resource requirements across teams and assist Resource Management and HR to plan proactively.
Take an active role in new business pitches where appropriate.
Support Head of Project Management in the recruitment, mentoring and retention of staff.
Deliver projects with high-quality project deliverables, meet deadlines and work within estimations.
Communicate project health to relevant internal / external stakeholders to an agreed schedule using agreed tools and templates.
Skills and Experience
Demonstrate experience of managing a multi-disciplinary delivery function within an environment implementing innovative, interactive and consumer-focused solutions.
Experience of delivery of distributed development projects across multiple geographies advantageous.
Experience of adapting a delivery process to that required by a client.
Detailed knowledge of Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Lean, XP, etc.
Detailed knowledge of waterfall approaches such as Prince2, DSDM or PMI.
Possess knowledge and confidence to debate with clients regarding merits / drawbacks of projects / workstreams being delivered.
Strong organisation skills responsive to colleagues for overall efficiency and effectiveness.
Build strong relationships with peers and external staff, able to achieve results despite potentially difficult circumstances.
Make sound commercial / financial decisions, quickly understand problems, propose solutions and manage customer situations.
Work well under pressure with an objective-focused and positive approach; comfortable working independently, self-motivated.
Strong customer service ethos committed to quality with the will to constantly drive improvements. Committed to high standards of excellence and integrity.
Possess good business acumen and sound judgment. Be entrepreneurial, with a collaborative, supportive and team-based approach.
Eager to provide insight to and receive feedback.
An accomplished communicator who gains the confidence of the business; credible and experienced at operating at all levels.
Negotiates well, listens actively and makes compelling points. Able to build strong relationships with peers and business counterparts.