Portland, United States

Project Manager

At AKQA, we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering impressive returns for our clients.

At AKQA, Project Managers manage complex, end-to-end, full life-cycle client projects from inception and requirements definition through to planning and delivery.  Project Managers are client-facing members of the team and are required to have effective communication and management across all internal disciplines.  They are able to balance specific client demands with project realities and reliably close the loop on all open issues in a timely manner.  They think issues through before acting and know when to escalate.  Project Managers display an enthusiasm for creating pioneering ideas, excited by the challenge of moving in new (and potentially more difficult) directions.

Partnership is the basis of our practice; we understand the context and culture that our clients operate in and use creativity to solve challenges and deliver results. From strategy to art and copy to technology, our teams across a range of disciplines work with world-class organizations that want to shape the future.



  • Responsible for the successful delivery of projects up to $500,000, with high-quality deliverables, on time and to budget
  • Tailoring and communicating an appropriate project structure by methodology or project phase 
  • Setting up, structuring and delivering a diverse range of projects – brand/marketing, innovation-based, strategic, localized, etc.
  • Work with leads to collaboratively and accurately estimate an agreed scope of work according to the most appropriate model (e.g. fixed fee, retainer, etc.), starting from occasionally semi-defined briefs
  • Track and report financial status of a project against current estimate
  • Track and manage Estimate at Complete (EAC) to highlight potential overruns before they occur
  • Escalate and resolve financial issues as they happen
  • Manage multiple suppliers, partners and client(s) to ensure best outcome for both the client and AKQA. Keep stakeholders informed of project progress at all times and manage expectations proactively
  • Elicit and document accurate requirements internally or from clients at outset of project
  • Define and agree the scope of work internally and with clients and ensure projects are delivered within this agreed scope 
  • Act as day-to-day point of contact for internal teams and client counterparts, clearly communicating priorities, assignments and roles & responsibilities
  • Proactively identifies, manages and mitigates risk on a project



  • 3-5 years’ experience of delivering full life-cycle projects in an integrated agency environment while implementing innovative, interactive and consumer-focused solutions
  • Experience of managing complex, full life-cycle projects in excess of $200,000
  • Demonstrated hybrid experience managing small to mid-size site/app development project as well as brand campaigns
  • Strong communication and organizational skills


This position is associated with the AKQA Portland studio, and must be performed from the West Coast.

AKQA is an Equal Opportunities Employer, we believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment. Your race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or veteran status have no bearing on our hiring decisions. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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Project Manager — Portland


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