A day in the life of an emotive. Project Manager

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Oliver Morrissey joined emotive. in the summer of 2017 as a Senior Account Executive before moving to the Project Management team in April this year. He has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Royal Holloway, University of London, and joined emotive. with over a year’s experience in healthcare public relations.

What are you responsible for?
My team, led by our Project Director, Cécile, is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of projects. Our role is to make sure that we have enough resource both in the office and externally to fulfil the project requirements and that everyone in the office has what they need to do their job to the best of their ability. We then coordinate projects and the teams involved, making sure they’re delivered successfully and on time.

Talk me through your typical day.
The first thing I do when I get into the office is check our internal resourcing tool, to see what needs to get done that day and the priority of each project. I then check in with each team to make sure they’re clear on what needs to be done, and there’s nothing holding them up from starting their day. The rest of my day is usually made up of internal project meetings and talking to suppliers, or supporting the client services team in managing the project.

Project management is extremely varied and I co-operate with pretty much everyone in the office on a daily basis. I work with client services to pull together budgets and proposals for new business. As a project begins, I work closely with the whole team to build a full timeline, which I’ll work to during strategy and content development, creative design and technical development and finally, delivery, ensuring the internal collaboration of all teams throughout. I also do a fair amount of quality assurance testing, content population and reviews of work throughout the day.

On top of that, I am part of the Social Club committee so I am involved in organising social events for the team, which includes things like our Christmas party, monthly breakfasts and charity events, such as the Colour Run we did in July. It’s great having so much variety in my role and being given the time to make sure everyone is regularly rewarded for all the hard work they put in!

Describe a favourite project you’ve worked on.
We worked on a project to develop an online learning platform teaching physicians techniques for using certain medical products. We worked very closely with the client to create the brand completely from scratch, including developing the brand identity and the full marketing plan. I enjoyed the freedom to get really creative with my ideas and seeing them come to fruition.

What do you love most about your job at emotive.?
Being a project manager means I get to work with all the different teams at emotive. It makes the role constantly variable and interesting as the teams work very differently and everyone has their own unique take on a project. Even though each team has their own objectives and tasks, it is always satisfying to see how everyone comes together to produce something special for the client.

What three words would you use to describe your job?
Collaborative, holistic, technical

Who has been the most influential person in your life to date?
My Dad. He came from very little and still works extremely hard every day to give me everything I have.

What has been the most fun since you’ve had during your time at emotive.?
We held a very British themed street party to celebrate this year’s Royal Wedding, including our very own “emotive. Great British Bake Off’. The judges were hilarious and we all got to try lots of delicious cakes made by different members of the team – it was a great success and makes all the work we do on the Social Club worthwhile.

What is your favourite sandwich?
Hands down, Chicken and Sweetcorn Mayo.

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