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Nelson Schmidt Inc. PROJECT MANAGER in Milwaukee, Wisconsin



We Deliver Customers.® Nelson Schmidt Inc. is an independent full-service marketing agency located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As one of the Top 200 Marketing Agencies of 2019 according to Chief Marketer, Nelson Schmidt serves U.S. and international clients within select considered purchase industries. Nelson Schmidt is a member of MAGNET, the Marketing & Advertising Global Network, ANA and PRSA. For more information visit .


You’re a highly collaborative and flexible self-starter that coordinates individuals and teams in creating and delivering multichannel projects and campaigns across multiple accounts. You will be responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and executing projects from beginning to end. This includes developing and managing detailed estimates and schedules throughout the duration of the project. You will employ a broad and flexible toolkit of techniques, resolving complex, interdependent activities into tasks and sub-tasks that are documented, monitored, and controlled. You are the hub that all other aspects of a project revolve around, helping to ensure the agency delivers the highest quality work to our clients on time and on budget. This position requires experience across all types of agency deliverables, including but not limited to print, banner ads, email, website, and app development.


 Budget Manager:

  • Coordinate, create and manage detailed and accurate estimates and SOWs across all agency project types.

  • Continuously monitor quoted vs. actual reports to proactively intervene before a project goes out of scope.

  • Establish accurate agency budget benchmarks by project type for speed and ease of ballpark estimating.

    Detailed Scheduler:

  • Create and manage detailed and accurate timelines for all project types and team members.

  • Monitor workflow, resourcing, and project status daily to ensure the work stays on time and on budget.

    Streamline Workflow:

  • Use and embrace software like Teams and Advantage but don’t let it dictate the constantly evolving process of how work moves through a fast-paced agency environment.

  • Collaborate hands-on and proactively with all project team members to ensure work is flowing through the system without bottlenecks.

  • Seamlessly move across the multiple technology platforms different clients prefer, including but not limited to Trello, KanBan, Basecamp, Workfront, etc.

    Process Development:

  • Own and continuously improve the multiple processes of the agency, helping teams to learn and follow RACIs.

  • Be rigid in project accountability but flexible in how the work gets done, adjusting the agency’s process to the specific needs of each client when necessary.

    Document Manager:

  • Own and run weekly status updates with the account planning and management, public relations, and media teams.

  • Set up structure for and ensure all aspects of the project are kept in the proper cloud and/or server-based systems.


  • Accurately scope and efficiently manage highly complex website and app development projects.

  • Understand and implement different development methodologies (waterfall, agile, scrum, etc.) depending on the needs of each digital project.

  • Use workflow technology like Teams KanBan to greater depth to manage individual tasks with designers and developers.

  • Work across multiple CMS platforms with an in-depth knowledge of WordPress.

  • Identify, coordinate, and manage outside digital design and development partners when necessary.

    Interpersonal Effectiveness:

  • Demonstrate patience in dealing with difficult personalities. Recognize colleagues' differences and respond to their different needs and expectations.


  • 2+ years experience in project management in an advertising agency or fast-paced client environment preferred.

  • Knowledge of managing all project types, from traditional to experiential to digital.


  • Four-year university or equivalent degree in related area of study preferred, but proven experience and talent trump education.

  • PMP, agile, scrum master certifications preferred, but on-the-job experience is most important.


    Excellent salary and benefits including health, dental, life, and disability insurance, 401K plans, and paid vacation including Christmas to New Year’s off.  Free downtown parking. Free coffee and food at our agency-owned cafe.  Flexible combination of in-office/remote work policy.

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