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Program Manager

Program manager

We are seeking a highly talented, detailed orientated, and creative problem solver to join our team as a program manager. This is an exceptional opportunity to be a core member of our Production practice responsible for leading complex, multi-disciplinary projects from conception to completion.

Program Managers are the essential gatekeepers of west’s partner engagements. Your biggest impact is in helping prioritize and drive the strategic project roadmap, budgets, and resourcing of the team. Your skills are critical to our business because you manage risk, expectations, and outcomes.

A day in the life might include…

  • Working closely with our Strategy & Creative teams to define work, including: research, identity development, prototyping, product launches, and in market campaign production

  • Working directly with founders to communicate progress, blockers and efficacy

  • Wrangling tasks, schedules, and budgets to meet priorities

  • Evaluating project and resource risk points and bringing solutions to the team

  • Forecasting project pipeline and resource needs across the portfolio

  • Leveraging internal team members and external partners in media and creative production

  • Creating and improving project management processes, tools and systems

  • Fostering a network of creative freelancers (designers, writers, content producers, etc.)

  • Manage 3rd party partners from brief to execution ensuring strategic consistency + execution

About You

We’re looking for people whose interests, experiences, and ambitions don’t easily fit a typical job description. Your work history should include some combination of helping develop new markets, finding new customers and profit pools, and launching products and services that have never existed before. Among your many skills is a propensity for synthesizing information, driving results, and managing resources in a matrix organization. You are a production and operational strategist. Today you may be a producer, program manager, or a project manager. You should be comfortable managing cross-disciplinary teams that include founders, engineers, strategists, designers, and storytellers. More than anything else, you’re driven by the opportunity to learn at a pace you never imagined and contribute to work that really matters.

Some stuff you’re good at, and the extraordinary;

  • Dual super powers of anticipation and forecasting

  • Curious blend of hyper vigilance and calm

  • Maker and doer willing to engage in both tactical and strategic work

  • Prioritizer capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously, while adhering to deadlines

  • Exceptional relationship builder with well honed problem solving skills

  • Mission controller who gets things done

  • Fluent with creative production and design thinking 

  • An eye for detail, a force of quality, and always professional

  • Aligned and re-aligning to strategic direction

  • Well connected to external production communities

Culture

We are located in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio and are a proud member of this bourgeoning ecosystem that includes an eclectic mix of brewers and bakers, non-profits and venture firms, movie studios and start-ups. Futurists to the core, we are makers and doers who share a fundamental belief that ongoing advances in science and technology are essential to improving life on the planet. We come from many different places and points of view, but are united by one simple question….what if?

Perks

  • Work with hugely ambitious companies and teams that are changing the way we live

  • Visionary, smart, and collaborative coworkers in a fun office environment

  • Competitive compensation and benefits, with equity opportunities  

  • Beautiful office setting in historic building with stunning bay views

  • Office kitchen with daily lunches provided

Benefits

  • Full medical/dental/vision package

  • 401 (k) plan, phone reimbursement, paid company holidays

  • Unlimited vacation policy; work hard and take time when you need it

 

If inventing the future and fast-tracking human ingenuity are your thing, we’d love to hear from you.

 

It is west’s policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. west does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national orientation, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law. west also makes all reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees.