Project Manager, Digital AbelsonTaylor AbelsonTaylor 8 reviews

A Project Manager I (PMI) typically works on a single brand leading the internal team to ensure projects are executed at the highest quality level, on time, and within budget. The PMI manages a multitude of projects that are generally straightforward in approach, and may include print brochures, ISI updates, journal ads, convention efforts, banner ads, or emails, under direct or general supervision. The PMI is integral in understanding the financial health of the business by consistently updating financial trackers, financial dashboards, monthly reports, and overseeing the invoicing process.

Quality/Creative Excellence

  • Leverages critical thinking skills to ensure creative excellence by proactively bringing recommendations and solutions for project contingencies when faced with budget or timeline constraints.
  • Detects potential risks by identifying work breakdowns and scope changes and proactively works to mitigate these risks
  • Works closely with their Account Management counterparts to assess client needs and deliverables and ensuring project expectations are met
  • Identifies appropriate agency resources and staff needed for project-related meetings throughout the lifecycle of the project to ensure all key milestones are being met and appropriate staff is being engaged at the various steps in the job

Building/Managing Project Plans (Timeline & Estimate)

  • With guidance from SPM/Assoc Director, secures all information necessary to develop job start form documentation including project timelines, necessary contingency plans, and estimates, collaborating with all functional departments to ensure internal alignment, and to compile outside vendor costs
  • Works with their Account Management counterparts to run all project initiation and job start meetings
  • Oversees Project Coordinator on routing and approval process. Works with PC to initiate the process in Workfront Proof
  • Manages project budgets and timelines; ensures projects stay within budget and on time by monitoring scope progress/changes, identifying work breakdowns, ensuring appropriate resources are being used, flagging issues to the S/PM and proactively estimating for project changes
  • Attends client MRL reviews (client dependent) to assess implications to budget and timing based on scope of feedback
  • Develops client status reports, leads client status meetings and provides updates and recaps on project details for internal and external meetings in a professional manner, engaging Account Management counterparts as appropriate
  • Oversees Project Close Out Process and with their supervisor, leads project close-out meetings communicating any necessary action items and provides insights and recommendations for future project optimization and process improvements
  • Demonstrates ability to be competent in agency software system (Workamajig) and digital routing software system (Workfront Proof). In-depth training will be provided for both systems
  • Demonstrates ability to be competent in client software systems, as needed (e.g. submission software systems such as Veeva or Zinc and/or financial management software system

Financial Knowledge – Brand/Client Level

  • Understands the financial health of the business by consistently updating financial trackers, financial dashboards, monthly reports, and overseeing the invoicing process
  • Generates required financial reporting and tracking as required for the project and/or overall business. Includes both internal-facing and client-facing reports
  • Ensures timely and accurate billing for clients
  • Contributes to annual SOW development


  • Leads all internal project-related meetings and drives decisions and actionable output by leveraging collaboration, negotiation, and critical thinking
  • Understands how and when to engage senior level PM team members to assist in conflict resolution and contingency planning
  • Demonstrates the ability to proactively identify additional team needs through active listening, observation and communication
  • Accepts responsibility for tracking and adhering to AbelsonTaylor’s PTO and all Human Resource policies
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with emphasis in advertising/marketing and/or communications
  • Preferably, at least 1-2 years of agency or client-related pharma experience that provides an understanding of advertising, marketing, media, creative, production, public relations, research, agency finance, etc. It is imperative that this individual have a complete understanding of the principles of marketing and communications planning
  • High levels of verbal and written communication skills are essential for success as are exhibiting credibility, honesty, and reliability
  • Approachability, accountability, and attention to detail are important traits needed to thrive in the fast-paced culture of pharmaceutical advertising
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Flexibility to lead diverse and dynamic project needs
  • Periodic travel may be required (client dependent)
Since our beginning in 1981, AbelsonTaylor has remained singularly focused on brands that help people live healthier lives. We don’t design for sneakers, or beer, or cars. We are 100% focused on and passionate about health and wellness.

The goal is simple; create an environment where very different people with unique skill sets and diverse personalities work together toward a common goal. When the products you sell are ideas, strategies and relationships, your most important assets are your people, your people, and your people.

And we are Passionate about our People. It says so right in our Values, along with Cherish Creativity, Fearlessly Independent, Always Curious, and Teamwork. All of which support our Vision: Be the most sought after Health and Wellness agency

So how do we get there? AT has Core Competencies which define expectations of all employees:

Communicates Effectively
Conveys one’s thoughts written or verbally in an articulate, confident, and compelling manner that positively influences others to take action

Teamwork and Collaboration
The ability to relate to others, work cooperatively and collaboratively while acting in ways that support the success of the overall team, and drawing out the positive potential of differences

Takes personal responsibility for meeting commitments and ensures that results are achieved including that expectations are clear, priorities established, focus maintained and tough decisions addressed

Customer Focus
The orientation to keep in close touch with the needs and perspective of internal and external customers and the deep awareness of how these actions serve them while supporting the strategic Vison and Values

Continuous Improvement
The ongoing effort to learn from ones’ own experience and from others – not only to improve oneself but to do what is necessary to help the organization make significant positive changes in its results and overall performance

Creativity and Innovation
The bright, intelligent, and agile ability to approach concepts and complexity comfortably and has a creative and innovative curiosity about our business and industry

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