Job title: Project Manager Awards
Reports to: Senior Awards Manager
Direct Reports: Awards Executive
Hours: 0930-1730 (Standard office hours)
Location: London hybrid working available
Salary: £30 - £35 depending on experience, detailed benefits on our careers page
We offer flexible working to be discussed at the interview and based on the needs of the business.
The Awards Project Manager is responsible for managing the delivery and project management of D&AD juries and supporting the development and management of the Awards. This includes recruiting and managing awards juries, managing judge and community engagements, driving research, analysis and development of designated categories, contributing to the annual awards review, supporting the operations team and ensuring the highest quality of entries are submitted into the awards.
Dimension of Role:
The Awards Project Manager is required to curate and manage approx. 40 juries for the D&AD Awards in a year-round cycle; identifying and managing communication with over 400 low/mid/senior industry stakeholders, in accordance with targets and requirements that they have identified and feedback from the wider team.
They are required to have, or be keen to develop, a good knowledge of industry luminaries, influencers and others who would lend the right expertise to judging in order to propose suitable Judge recommendations for approval by management.
Confidence in a front-facing role and the ability to build and expand on their existing network will be essential in maintaining a diverse and expert calibre of Judges.
Conducting effective research and analysis will be critical in understanding both Judge and category effectiveness, in making recommendations for future cycles and creating an effective Judge Strategy for approval by management.
Having the confidence to steer the creation of Juries and the ability to anticipate and overcome challenges will be essential to ensure the judging product moves at a timely pace, as will the ability to multitask and support fellow team members during busy months leading up to judging (March-May) and launch (October-November).
The role requires external outreach to the industry with regards Judge recommendations, invitations and category development. This can take the form of emails, phone calls including zoom or similar platforms, face to face meetings, hosting round tables or focus group style events. Frequency will be dependent on the time of year with almost daily communications co-ordinated from September through June.
Internal communications with the Awards team on a weekly basis will be required. This includes meeting with project leads, the wider Awards team and direct reports. You will also need to attend a monthly All Staffer with the wider business. Internal communications take place over email, Zoom, G-Chat or telephone, and/or in person.
Research & Development:
Manage the annual review and development of designated categories
Manage the collation of category feedback and recommendations
Conduct and collate competitor research where relevant
Identify and report on category trends to inform planning
Identify and make recommendations for improvements to entry and awards processes (e.g. formats, systems)
Research, develop and implement the value exchange for Judges
Develop connections with organisations worldwide to help drive jury nominations and inform jury selection
Conduct and collate research to support community, jury and social events where required
Recruitment & Management of Juries:
Create the Judge selection strategy document to inform Jury recruitment, ensuring it aligns with organisation-wide targets
Brief the wider team on Judge requirements, to be collated and placed into Juries
Build juries in accordance with the Judge selection strategy
Undertake industry research to inform Judge selection
Collaborate with the wider team to ensure judging schedules are agreed and communicated to relevant parties
Work with the Senior team to devise and coordinate an events and engagement plan
Oversee the booking for judges accommodation
Oversee travel reimbursements for Judges and guests
Oversee the collation and display of Judge profiles
Manage creation of internal Judge documents to be shared with Jury/Master Hosts
Manage Judges on site during events where required
Manage the coordination and communication with all juries for the first round of independent online judging, ensuring instructions and deadlines are communicated and issues are raised and resolved.
Outreach & Partners:
Oversee the promotion of the Awards on social media amongst our Judges
Represent D&AD at external events where necessary
Identify and manage outreach with potential Judge networks or organisations that can support Judge selection
Attend events and network to identify current industry ‘movers & shakers’ to include in Judge selection
Organise and execute local events with the D&AD community/juries where required
Analytics & Reporting:
Create regular reports and analysis of queries, using this to make any changes to the process to improve efficiencies during the cycle.
Internal and external reporting and analysis on diversity monitoring of awards Judges across all programmes
Prepare and present reports, presentations, correspondence and any other documents as requested by management
Manage and implement the year-round Judge communication plan
Ensure an excellent standard of year-round communications to Judges and entrants
Manage the training of additional team members (temporary and permanent)
Manage the preparation and communication of Judge guides and other collateral, ensuring Judges have and understand all relevant information pertaining to judging events
Ad hoc communications regarding community/jury events may be required
Support recruitment of sessional staff to ensure there is enough resource to cover project needs when required
Support with the management of sessional staff during the awards production entry project when required
Support operations in the accurate cataloguing, storage, processing and warehousing of all awards entries in your category area ensuring these are ready for judging and presented to a high standard when required
Support in the management of virtual and live judging in a Master Host role when required
Support the wider team on ad-hoc tasks when required
Project management experience
Product development experience
Excellent research and analytical skills
Excellent customer service skills
Excellent process management
Excellent organisational skills
Good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels
Good database and systems skills
Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
Ability to work to own initiative and as part of a team
Strong communication skills
Strong writing ability including good use of grammar, punctuation etc
Strong networking skills
Flexible approach to workload
Self-motivating and works well under pressure
Knowledge of and experience in the advertising and design industry
Meticulous attention to detail
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