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Associate Director, Resource Manager (Technology)

Project Management & Delivery
Kansas City, MO
Req ID: 10527


Position at VMLY&R

Who we are:

At VML, we are a beacon of innovation and growth in an ever-evolving world. Our heritage is built upon a century of combined expertise, where creativity meets technology, and diverse perspectives ignite inspiration. With the merger of VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson, we have forged a new path as a growth partner that is part creative agency, part consultancy, and part technology powerhouse.

Our global family now encompasses over 30,000 employees across 150+ offices in 64 markets, each contributing to a culture that values connection, belonging, and the power of differences. Our expertise spans the entire customer journey, offering deep insights in communications, commerce, consultancy, CRM, CX, data, production, and technology. We deliver end-to-end solutions that result in revolutionary work.

Where you shine

  • Leads and develops relationships with talent at all levels and works as trusted partner to leadership, making staffing recommendations based on skills and career aspirations, not just availability
  • Determines the right strategy to optimize talent and partners with core teams to make that a reality.
  • Proactively forecasts and maintains knowledge of projects across the team, building strong relationships with Client engagement,Delivery and Campaign Program Management.
  • Has a pulse on the overall health and happiness of the book of business, ensuring any talent concerns are escalated to leadership through the appropriate channels
  • Alerts leads of any potential concerns or issues in meeting key client deliverables due to resourcing and makes recommendations to resolve
  • Leads weekly resourcing meetings, to ensure all roles, and specifically creative and experience talent are not under or over-utilized and works to resolve any conflicts
  • When internal options have been exhausted, identifies needs for freelance talent, and recruits the best in the industry to support short-term needs
  • Partners with operations to review monthly utilization reports and share insights and action plan with leadership
  • Works with the Talent team to on-board new hires and freelancers
  • Works with delivery and project management leads to ensure internal resourcing platform (RAFT) is up to date
  • Continuously strategizes new ideas for process improvements and better ways to foster a connected and inclusive agency culture.
  • Identifies opportunities to improve the resourcing and agency processes.Proposes solutions and partners with Resource Management leaders to implement.
  • Collaborates with leaders to improve resourcing tools, reports and other data sources used to help with the optimization of talent.
  • Is a ninja when it comes to balancing the talent requirements, availability, and the financial considerations that make up casting the right talent.

As part of the WPP Group, VMLY&R offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business.

Who you are and what you bring

  • 7+ years of resource management in advertising/marketing industry
  • Firm grasp of the creative process within an agency environment and a love of creating order in the chaos
  • Deep understanding of the functional skills and responsibilities of the roles they will manage
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to motivate and influence across all levels of seniority
  • Comfortable working in an environment of constant change and doing so with a positive attitude
  • Proactive and confident in prioritizing competing demands in a fast-paced environment

The base salary for this position at the time of this posting may range from $75,000 to $180,000 . Individual compensation varies based on job related factors, including location, business needs, level of responsibility, experience, and qualifications. We offer a competitive benefits package, click here for more details.

At VML, we are committed to fostering an all-inclusive work environment that is both rewarding and career-forward. Our Inclusion, Equity & Belonging initiatives, alongside the VML Foundation, reflect our dedication to giving back and making a positive impact in our communities and beyond. Our people are the heartbeat of our organization—creators, doers, innovators, makers, and thinkers—who drive not just marketing, but meaningful experiences that resonate in every action and interaction.

VML is a WPP . For more information, please visit our website, and follow VML on our social channels via Instagram, LinkedIn, and X

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