The Sparks Creative Operations team is a dedicated department within Sparks Marketing Group charged with executing outstanding design within experiential environments and campaigns. We have immediate openings to add to our team in the position of Creative Program Manager. In this role, you will drive production and provide technical expertise to the creative, account and production teams through every phase of project development, including concept development, experience design, design development, fabrication, quality assurance, installation, and project completion.
Distill and generate design direction from RFPs and client / internal team meetings, creating actionable creative briefs that satisfy account objectives and balance creative goals, timelines, and budgets.
Manage project workflow on a day-to-day basis - prioritize tasks, identify/anticipate blockers, and drive completion of deadlines.
Communicate project status updates to the rest of the team.
Identify and improve upon internal workflows and processes, documenting established processes along the way.
Work with Creative Resourcing to ensure efficient use of design resources.
Work with and direct creative teams, both internal and outsourced, to translate established brand experience objectives into real-life builds/experiences. (Understanding of both 3d and 2d design processes and experience with experiential activations a must.)
Establish and manage creative resource budget and production schedules, coordinating with account teams, creative teams, and clients to ensure that all parties stay on track and on budget.
Coordinate design and production teams with sensitivity to fitting the right fabrication techniques and solutions to the right project.
Research, advise and specify cutting-edge, project- and budget-appropriate solutions.
Manage client assets, reformatting and organizing as needed, and routing them to the required parties.
Able to serve as primary client contact for both creative concept and account management matters (dependent on program).
Work under tight time constraints on multiple projects in a high-growth environment.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience
5+ years experience in a creative agency setting (Agency experience managing cross-functional teams is a plus)
Solid knowledge of design-based technologies and trends
Proficiency with Google Suite (Bonus: Adobe CS, SketchUp, StudioMax familiarity), Slack, Quip.
Experience working with small to medium-sized teams
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills - you will bridge communications between the design, accounts, and production teams; much of your job will be translating “design-speak” to “production-speak” and vice-versa
Superb organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail - you never let anything slip through the cracks
Ability to cultivate trust and collaboration with clients and team members
Ability to be patient and focused under tight deadlines
Ability to guide teams to create great work
Design, event, or technical production background a plus
A get-it-done attitude
A strong sense of urgency combined with a no-panic disposition
A sense of humor - work should be fun!
Strong attention to detail, a positive attitude, and a team player
Ability to operate within a fast-paced environment
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
WHO – A highly experienced team of idea-churnin’, brand-buildin’ coffee-chuggin’ strategists, marketers, producers, techies, and creative geniuses so charismatic you’ll want to introduce us to your mom.
WHAT – Whether you’re a start-up or a household name, we create big ideas that deliver value across a multitude of live brand interactions through insight, innovation and lots and lots of imagination
HOW – Big enough to deliver, small enough to adapt. It’s our agility that consistently enables us to accomplish great things while providing our clients with killer creativity, flexibility, and value.
Think you’ve got what it takes to hang with us?
We’ve built our reputation on creating awesome experiences for our clients, but equally important is the experience we create for our people. Yes, we work hard. But we also make it a point to have fun. And we find our people work that much harder when work doesn’t feel so much like, well, work. If you share our mindset, we should chat.
We’ve always got our eyes peeled for smart, hungry people who think that what we do isn’t so much a job as it is a way of life. And while any company can supply stuff like benefits (and, of course we do too!) our greatest benefit comes from the amazing people you’ll interact with daily, who will challenge and push you to think harder, be more creative and love what you do.
Sparks provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.