Creative Project Manager

Green Thumb
Chicago, IL

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Job Description

The Role: Schedule-maker / logistics rationalizer / production whip-cracker—the Creative Project Manager is an integral part of the team that gets projects out the door on time.

The Creative Project Manager is a hands-on role that works throughout the entire process of getting our project deliverables completed on-time. They are enthusiastic, hyper-organized, rational thinkers who thrive in calendars, spreadsheets, and accountability. They are well-versed in all forms of creative production—from packaging to collateral to retail assets, social media, merch, and beyond. This process involves everything from creating & maintaining production timelines, interfacing with vendors, managing budgets, allocating production design resources and production logistics, all the way through to final delivery of assets to project owners. As a critical member of the Creative team, they will work closely with the Senior Creative Project Manager, Production Designers, Graphic Designers, Senior Creative Director, and Senior Design Manager.

**Responsibilities

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  • Develop & manage production timelines and priorities for brand packaging and multi-asset projects based upon Brand-imposed deadlines, ensuring production logistics are aligned with various stages of review and approvals.
  • Align workloads and priorities with Production Designers.
  • Advise Brand teams based upon spec & schedule development while communicating with vendors to ensure budget, timeline, & quality expectations are met; recommending new vendor resources as needed
  • Raise awareness of project issues with timelines, budgets & specs and collaborate with team members to resolve
  • Monitor and maintain project updates and status in monday.com
  • Facilitate check-ins with Brand teams for production-related status updates and priority shifts
  • Collaborate with Senior Creative Project Manager to monitor team’s production capacity
  • Assist in freelancer management for invoice payment, cost-tracking, and on-boarding
  • Cultivate relationships with cross-functional teams (Procurement, Brand, IT, HR/People, Finance, Compliance)
  • Assist with on-boarding of new design team members
  • Contribute to continuous improvement of design team processes and provide best practice recommendations
  • Actively participates in the creative process by asking questions, voicing opinions, and effectively collaborating with stakeholders to determine project’s production-related demands
  • Manage multiple projects at once amidst consistently shifting priorities and various stakeholders

**Qualifications

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  • Bachelor’s degree, Minimum of 3+ years of experience in creative production and vendor management, either within an advertising or design agency, or an internal creative marketing team
  • Exceptional project management & organizational skills; ability to prioritize & manage the execution of multiple projects across multiple brands
  • Strong attention to detail & accuracy with a willingness to adapt to existing workflows, while also contributing suggestions for improvements
  • Expertise in project management and all Microsoft software.
  • Experience producing for consumer goods, retail, and regulated industries preferred
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, innovative and able to work independently or among teams with keen judgement, common sense and resourcefulness
  • Excellent interpersonal communication (written & verbal) and time-management skills
  • Performs independently within a team environment under minimal daily supervision, receiving guidance from manager/supervisor about the work that needs to be completed
  • Possesses a high level of critical thinking, continuously open to constructive, developmental feedback
  • Interacts regularly with the Senior Director, Creative, Senior Design Manager, Brand teams, Creative Team and other cross-functional teams as needed for completion of assigned projects

**Additional Requirements

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  • Ability to work collaboratively with multi-functional core teams and strong personalities
  • Adapts and thrives in a demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Extremely strong attention to detail but comfort with ambiguity
  • Operates with a high level of professionalism and integrity, including dealing with confidential information
  • Must understand and comply with the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of Green Thumb
  • Must have a solid understanding and/or come to master Cannabis compliance rules and regulations set forth by each State
  • Must pass any and all required background checks
  • Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry