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Project Manager

London, United Kingdom
Req ID: 495


Project Manager

Company: VMLY&R Commerce

Location: Sea Containers, London

Reporting to: Creative Services Director

We Are VMLY&R Commerce

VMLY&R Commerce is WPP’s newest end-to-end Creative Commerce Company. Built on the commerce expertise of Geometry and scaled through VMLY&R’s connected brand promise, we help modern brands grow by unifying marketing strategies around commerce.

We believe the space of commerce holds the most untapped creative potential to grow brands and people. Living Commerce TM is our proprietary approach and platform that guides how we work. By understanding how, when and why people buy, we deliver the most engaging and culturally relevant creative commerce experiences across Retail, Experience, Design and Innovation. We do this as part of a network of 11,000 specialists across 80 countries, everywhere life intersects with commerce—this is end-to-end.


The Role

We manage the process of work as it moves through the building and own the delivery and production of that work.

VMLY&R Commerce produces a large volume of communications that involve a wide variety of disciplines, production partners and inter-agency groups.

The delivery of great creative work from VMLY&R Commerce is entwined with the success of our team of Project Managers; therefore it is key that we strive to be the best we can be, with the passion and drive of our Project Managers being the engine room for our success as a department.

As a Project Manager you role is tasked to align all depts throughout the process to deliver on time and on budget.


  • Working with our Client Services team lead the project team and defining what needs to be done and when.
  • Along with Client Services manage briefings for creatives and project teams.
  • Being the expert on feasibility or knowing who to go to if you are not.
  • Estimating all aspects of a project and creation of SOW as required.
  • Along with Client Services agree and lead a process and way of working that delivers against the SOW.
  • Booking resource and attending weekly resource meetings to ensure that your workload and requirements are covered.
  • Creating and owning creative development and production timelines and schedules.
  • Managing of internal project budgets.
  • Along with Client Services organising creative reviews and clarifying outcomes and actions.
  • Track timeline and milestones.
  • Knowledge and ability to produce assets in relation to one or more specialties/ channels.

As a Project Manager..

  • You pride yourself on delivering the best possible creative solutions, whilst diplomatically balancing the practical constraints we are often challenged with.
  • You hold responsibility for your projects and will be supported along the way by your Dept Head and other Project Managers.
  • You can be client facing if required and will be happy producing all types of work.
  • You are the consistent and proactive link between all our internal Depts, the VMLY&R Network and our external partners.
  • You help manage the creative development process, working closely with CD’s and Client Services
  • You manage the production process.
  • You create the timelines in which great work can be delivered, and can communicate any issues along the way
  • You work with 3rd party partners to enable great work to be delivered and suggest new suppliers if you think there is a need to bring on board.
  • You can review campaign ideas and scope feasibility during the creative development phase. highlighting issue early.
  • You ensure everyone delivers on time and on budget.
  • You will hold financial responsibility for your jobs.
  • You are available for other Project Managers in the department to support them when an occasion arises.
  • You will strive to increase efficiency, through smarter ways of working across the client portfolio wherever possible.


To fulfill this role you need to be a talented Project Manager with a breadth of experience across integrated production, client services and creative development.

You will have a commitment to excellence in all areas of the creative and production process and whilst you may be more experienced in some areas than others, you have a channel neutral approach to making stuff happen, and you have a desire to be the best at what you do. Your natural empathy enables you to maneuver through some sticky situations with a calm and considered approach. Communication is key.

You will work closely with your Client Services partners, creative directors and creative teams supporting and leading them in their approach to asset creation.  You will be creatively aware, driving delivery excellence across the agency and the brands you are associated with. You will ensure that the highest standards of process, management, creativity and craft are always upheld.

Creative Production Core Behaviours

  • Everything starts with an idea. We do everything we can to make it happen.
  • Always be ambitious to make things better.
  • Always be proactive.
  • Always look for and present a solution, even if you have to say no to a request.
  • Support the agency and our clients with provocative ideas and smart solutions.
  • Own the creative development and production process.

What's in it for you?

Aside from a generous annual leave allowance and pension allowances, you will have access to a whole host of other benefits and activities such as:

  • Life Assurance
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • BUPA
  • Flexible hybrid-working schedule
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Well-being Programme
  • Employee Assistance Support
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Eye Care and Glasses Vouchers
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • WPP Discounts

You will also have a clear long-term career development plan and access to our learning and development activities and online learning platforms.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.



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