Senior Project Manager at The Economist Magazine, London, £Freelance Rate

  • Contract Spy
  • London, UK
  • Sep 09, 2020

Contract Description



The Economist is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to Apple TV/OTT apps and VR Experiences. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world. With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis and opinion on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current affairs publications.


We are seeking an interim Senior Project Manager to join The Economist Group’s Project Management Office. The role will help to shape and scope a number of new Product initiatives into projects that will need to be supported by underlying business cases and project plans. These projects will have an impact across a number of business and technology stakeholders and planning needs to consider significant business change.


How you will contribute:


  • Plan end to end projects to take products from a Concept phase to a Live offering, considering Technology, Editorial, Marketing and Customer Services activities.
  • Facilitate the creation of detailed cost and benefit models to support the business case
  • Assess key risks, issues and dependencies across multiple projects
  • Proactively monitor progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action
  • Executing on the PMO-defined governance framework including facilitation of key Project forums e.g. Executive Steering Committees
  • Ensure effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the project
  • Manage project budgets alongside finance partners, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the project progresses
  • Manage communications with a range of stakeholders including at an executive level
  • Report the progress of the project at regular intervals


The ideal skills for this role include:


  • Significant experience of successfully managing and delivering complex business facing projects within a global B2C or B2B business
  • Previous experience of working within a Consulting firm is ideal
  • Excellent analytical skills and comfortable working with large financial data sets
  • Experience within the Publishing industry would be beneficial
  • Strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to influence at all level across various businesses
  • Excellent knowledge and application of project management methodology and techniques
  • Adopt pragmatic ways of working across multiple methodologies (Agile, Waterfall, Hybrid)
  • Exceptional leadership, time management, facilitation, and organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures
  • Able to assess complex challenges, apply a logical framework and present a compelling case for change
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent coaching / mentoring skills
  • A highly collaborative work style and the ability to work in a team environment
  • Able to manage competing priorities
  • Advanced MS Office/Google Suite skills
  • Adaptable and comfortable working in areas of significant ambiguity
  • Experience of being able to challenge and influence decisions
  • Pragmatic and flexible, with a willingness to take on different roles and responsibilities in order to successfully deliver a project