Senior Project Manager


Job Number: 010853

Posted: February 19, 2019

Primary Location: Canada-Ontario-Toronto


The Weber Shandwick Toronto office is seeking a Senior Project Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that the principles of continuous improvement are utilized throughout the program development and delivery, and that project teams use flexible project planning designed to support the creative and executional process.

This position serves as the primary contact for internal team members, discipline leads, and outside vendors. S/he is responsible for the optimization of team staffing structure, ensuring the right skill sets are applied to the work to serve the business requirements, deliverable quality, and partners with the account lead to manage the financial health of the account.

Primary Responsibilities

Financial Acumen
  • Client-facing lead on all financial management issues; responsible for client and internal budget reporting in partnership with agency account lead and finance lead
  • Professionally manages client engagements with a focus on balancing quality, cost and schedule while managing client expectations
  • Partners with agency account and finance lead to help facilitate accurate and realistic forecasts; actively manages any forecast mitigation as needed
  • Routinely monitors financial performance of accounts to maximize revenue recognition and profit margin, collaborating with agency finance lead on account
  • Responsible for the development, review or oversight of all estimates, job creation, fees, budget tracking, invoices and establishes team process for effective financial management of the account
  • Primary agency contact for clients and client procurement relative to financial management of the account (SOW development; monitoring and tracking deliverables and budgets; change management and reporting). Partners closely with agency account leads and finance lead
  • Creates or reviews all statement of work documentation for the team; accountable for top-down and bottom-up budgets to ensure scopes accurately reflect required work effort
  • Identifies needs on business for delivery support and appropriately aligns resources against those needs
  • Supervises and mentors assigned delivery managers, project managers or producers
  • Partners with agency account lead to manage team on-boarding processes
  • Supports in educating the team on roles and responsibilities, process and templates
  • Partners with appropriate leads to identify and manage resource needs
  • Helps to support client new-business opportunities
  • Demonstrates strong, professional work ethic
  • Accountable for contract management (client, vendor, and inter-company issues)
Performance Standards
  • Well-versed in budget and resource management
  • Considered an expert in digital work and understands other mediums well enough to develop project plans, scopes of work, and budgets
  • Provides a breadth of process and business skills as well as hands-on experience that fosters credibility and drives thought leadership
  • Uses excellent interpersonal and listening skills

Core Requirements

  • Expert skills in scoping, pricing, and scheduling projects from both a bottoms up and top down approach
  • Ideal candidate should have familiarity with different types of programs and deliverables, such as strategic planning, creative ideation, video, social and editorial content, digital, event based programs, and vendor management
  • Ability to assess existing processes and identify opportunities to increase efficiency


  • 6-8 years of professional project management experience, preferably in marketing, public relations, management consulting or an advertising agency setting 
  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with internal team members across multiple disciplines and levels 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills 
  • A self-starter and possesses the ability to thrive in ambiguity and fast paced working environment 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Project, Excel, and PowerPoint 

About Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 78 cities with a network extending to 129 cities around the world. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work. Weber Shandwick was the only public relations agency included on the Advertising Age Agency A-list in 2014 and 2015 and the only PR firm designated an A-List Agency Standout in 2017 and 2018. Weber Shandwick was honored as PRWeek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and The Holmes Report’s Global Digital Agency of the Year in 2016. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, employee engagement, social impact, financial communications and crisis management, using proprietary social, digital and analytics methodologies. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). For more information, visit

Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.