Programme Director

PANORAMICA

Digitas is The Connected Marketing Agency, relentlessly committed to help brands better connect with people through our brand principles - Truth. Connection. Wonder.

 

Our team is deliberately diversified — with experts in data, strategy, creative, media, and tech working seamlessly across capabilities and continents to achieve ambitious outcomes through ideas that excite, provoke and inspire. We are endlessly curious and fully transparent, always examining real human behaviour to create authentic connections — between brands and consumers, clients and partners, and ideas and outcomes.

 

Digitas operates in over 25 countries across six continents and is part of Publicis Media, one of four solution hubs within Publicis Groupe, which is present in over 100 countries and employs nearly 80,000 professionals.

 

Department Summary

Delivery Management takes projects from planning to delivery - on time, on budget, and on brief. Delivery Management is everyone’s go to place for the project. Clients and internal team members rely on you for everything they need to know about a project: what to expect, what to do next, and where they need to be.

Role Summary

 

The Programme Director is responsible for setting strategic direction for the portfolio team, defining and implementing standards and processes, managing project management resources across a broad portfolio of accounts, and successfully implementing recovery for project crisis situations. You will have a proven ability to successfully deliver the largest projects/programmes (30+ team members, £3m+ revenue). You have strong consulting skills and you build strong relationships with all parts of both the agency and client organisation.  You analyse problems and then define viable approaches in line with relevant industry standards and best practices.

Being a good Programme Director requires a diverse mix of skills and experience. To be effective you need to be more than just organised and a good communicator. You’ll need to be able to prioritise, keep calm and focused, be able to delegate, not assume too much, be approachable, and have a passion for Digital. You’ll want to know how things work and you are always on the look-out for new tools, services and ways of doing things. And all of this while maintaining your sense of humour!

 

Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio project team, demonstrating leadership skills, addressing delivery and performance issues and undertaking tasks to build team morale
  • Define responsibilities, set direction and allocate projects within the portfolio project team
  • Seek to maximise revenue and margin across multiple accounts and projects
  • Ensure company and financial processes are adhered to
  • Manage multiple work streams and levels of colleagues
  • Conduct timely, fair and accurate project reviews for direct reports, using the standard templates
  • Explain Digitas’s business focus, targets and guidelines, and provide clarity about the implications of these for your team and the individuals within it
  • Draw on client experiences and external trends to advise others on how to best meet our clients’ current and future needs
  • Demonstrate understanding of key business drivers for potential clients
  • Understand how Digitas services can add value, tailoring business strategies and solutions accordingly
  • Proactively recognise and develop new business opportunities

 

Skills & Experience

Essential

  • Extensive experience managing large (£3m+ revenue) web/digital programmes for blue-chip clients (marketing, creative, technology)
  • Experience developing project plan and approaches using PRINCE2 and/or Agile project methodologies
  • Management of a team of project managers including line management and mentoring
  • Evidence of successful management of project teams of 30 or more people
  • Managing relationships with senior level staff at large corporations - comfortable working with senior management including C-Suite
  • Proven negotiation skills especially around project scope and finances
  • Experience of crisis management situations with positive results
  • Proven consultancy ability including running meetings and facilitating workshops with senior stakeholders
  • Ability to articulate Project Management methodology – processes, practices, controls, team management, project delivery phases
  • Ability to turn requirements into a viable project approach and plan and marshal resources required to deliver
  • Identify and tackle poor performance or inappropriate behaviour
  • Ability to put administrative structure and organisation in place on new or existing projects
  • Ability to motivate others and provide a positive project environment
  • Ability to manage third parties and external resources including offshore team members

Desirable

  • A degree demonstrating analytical capability is preferred
  • PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner and/or Scrum Alliance accreditation preferred
  • Functional specialism in a project role, such as Software Engineering, Business Analysis, Information Architecture
  • Deep knowledge in one or more industry sector (e.g. Financial Services, Automotive, FMCG, etc.)

Please note that DigitasLBi is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

 

 

 

About Digitas 

Digitas is The Connected Marketing Agency, committed to helping brands better connect with people through Truth. Connection. Wonder. With diverse expertise in data, strategy, creative, media and tech, we work across capabilities and continents to make better connections and achieve ambitious outcomes through ideas that excite, provoke and inspire. Curious and fully transparent, we are always examining real human behavior to create authentic connections—between brands and consumers, clients and partners, and ideas and outcomes. Digitas has 3,300 employees across 12 countries and 24 offices, with an extended network via Publicis Media of over 23,500 employees present in more than 100 countries worldwide. To connect with Digitas or learn more, visit www.digitas.com.