Group Program Director

  • Term: Permanent
  • Discipline:
  • Location: London, UK
  • Salary: £100,000
  • Job Reference: R/045672

My client are an experience design agency with a relentless focus on the customer. The way a customer experiences a brand has a profound impact on perception, purchase behaviour and loyalty. That’s why their work begins and ends with their clients’ customers. They listen to them. Validate with them. They even include them in their design process. By creating customer experiences that are simple, valuable, entertaining, and convenient, they deliver measurable results for some of the world’s most admired brands.

They are now nearly 1000 people with over 10 offices worldwide across 4 continents. They love diverse points of view, open minds, and people who are passionate, driven, and real. And they love all things digital, too.

The Group Program Director plays a critical role in the success of projects, client work portfolios, and the overall organization. He / She works at both the macro and micro level to manage large portfolios as well as support the development and management of scope, schedules, and budgets for our most important clients.

The Group Program Director is the glue that holds together our multi-disciplinary teams, creating a collaborative atmosphere for their clients and/or offices, solving complex project management and staffing challenges, and ensures the delivery of extraordinary work. He / She interfaces with senior level clients and executives as well as assists the VP, Project Management in the development of global process, documents and tools. He / She is interested, invested and passionate about the industry, the clients we service, and the work produced.

Demonstrates flexibility, accountability, passion, empathy, confidence, leadership, understanding the audience, problem solving, is highly collaborative and can see the forest through the trees


” Acts as a primary point of contact, serving as the lead in communicating client needs to the team and team needs to the client.

” Understands your client’s short- and long-term goals, understand their competition and what they are doing.

” Understands and communicates client business needs to the internal team and to third-party vendors

” Ability to inform clients how to best work and what drives project success.

” Diplomatic leader and facilitator with the ability to build relationships and consensus with team members, clients and executives.

” Works with the team to identify Ask+ opportunities within the project or opportunistically within the account

” Improves customer satisfaction through deepening and or improving existing relationship.

” Takes accountability for ensuring the overall business and portfolio runs effectively.

” Attacks each problem with a calm, rational and logical approach. He/she knows how to get stuff done, is able to rely on their own experiences, tools and partners to find solutions to issues that arise.

” Drives negotiation and acceptance of changes within the portfolio and are able to effectively manage and support teams through change.

” Highly organized and has ability to absorb and communicate a large amount of information and keep track of a number of moving pieces.

” Has a clear vision of the big picture and is able to filter through the noise, understanding what level of detail is important to communicate, keeping their finger on the pulse of the account, understanding priorities, risks and issues without knowing every detail of every project in the portfolio.

” Ability to handle a wide variety of sensitive issues effectively and confidentially.

” Understands and champions company goals and objectives and makes them relevant to the teams.

” Drives on-going process improvements both on an account and discipline level.

” Works to drive evolution of industry best practices into project delivery discipline.

” May support the planning and management of large complex projects as required.

” Forecasts, tracks and manages portfolio budgets and revenue, POs and invoices.

” Identifies, analyzes, prioritizes, mitigates and communicates portfolio risks.

” Ability to work with a team and create a positive environment that leads to award-winning work and makes others want to join your group.

” May participate in hiring process as required.

” Builds and sustains internal executive working relationships.

” Applies expert knowledge of project delivery best practices, project financials, planning, forecasting and resourcing in order to manage project teams and business issues.

” Provides leadership to project teams through all phases of the project lifecycle, providing coaching, and motivation.

” Establishes clear expectations on how the team will work together to accomplish the team objectives.

” Acts as an effective communicator with the ability to build a story to articulate the right pieces of information in order to communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

” Understands how all the pieces fit together, the risks and impacts of small changes on the overall account.

” Works with Discipline Leads to define appropriate resources required to meet portfolio needs.

” Confident change manager able to lead change processes at client, employee and project level that is also conversant with current trends, tools and techniques.

” Key driver in project review process including project plan reviews, SOW reviews, change and risk management reviews, etc.

” Integrates strong strategy and business development skills with project management capabilities to grow the portfolio of client business and create a long-term relationship with the clients.

” Creates and owns account road map development that will allow for solid resources and revenue management, looking at all projects being tied into the larger account picture.

” Acts as a career manager and provide project delivery business guidance, mentoring and on the job training.

” Drives continual process and people management evolution in support of the effective delivery of solutions.

” Ability to recognize how team members are doing, understand and account for many different points of view, and provide support for the team.

” Contributes at a senior level to the client pitch process by integrating strategy and business development skills with project management capabilities.

” Acts as a mentor and leader to the Project Delivery team, ensuring they have the coaching, mentoring, resources, and training needed to produce high quality results and further develop their skills.

” Grows and recruit for the Project Delivery discipline.

” Is a thought leader in Project Delivery.


” Post-secondary education is preferred, or equivalent experience.

” 9-12 years experience managing a variety of digital project types; site builds, ecommerce, marketing campaigns, microsites, maintenance.

” Experience leading teams.

” Mastery of managing and controlling project scope, schedule, budget and resource management / reporting and change management, project roadmap development and revenue forecasting.

” Mastery of Project Management principles, methods and techniques.

” Mastery of leading conversations with clients, around scope, schedule, and budget as well as roadmaps, objectives, and strategies.

” Ability to tactically organize and structure activities, paying particular attention to detail.

” Mastered in leadership, problem-solving and decision-making skills to facilitate effective task and resource management.

” Mastery of communication, presentation, leadership, facilitation and negotiation skills.

” A solutions oriented leader with refined decision-making skills and the ability to lead by example.

” Ability to stay focused on the driving goals even in high-pressure situations.

” Ownership and accountability of clients’ business needs and ability to drive to solutions.

” Mastery of office productivity tools such as Excel, Word, MS Project, Visio, and PowerPoint.

” Mastery of collaboration and issue tracking tools such as Box, Jira, Confluence.

” Global platform experience required

” Automotive experience a plus

If this has spiked your interest, I’d be really keen to catch up and discuss further, so please drop me a line over to [email protected]

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