A lot goes into managing a creative team. We spoke to Valeria Zvinawashe to find out what it’s like to be a project manager here at RSAWEB.
1) How long have you been a project manager?
I have been a project manager for 2 years at RSAWEB.
2) In layman’s terms, what is it that you do?
I’m actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Marketing team. I’m responsible for planning, briefing, tracking and ensuring completion of all projects in the Marketing team. Essentially, my job is to ensure that project objectives are met on time and within budget and meet or exceed customers` expectations.
3) What does your average day entail?
I start off by briefing the team on the status and progress of all projects. I’ll then make sure that tasks are allocated equally among my team members and that our project management system is up to date. I also make sure that the creative team has all the information and resources they need to complete their tasks timeously, this involves a lot of meetings with internal clients, especially when getting briefs for new projects or campaigns. On top of that, I also deal with suppliers for all of our marketing collateral.
4) What is it like working at RSAWEB?
It’s awesome. I’m part of a great team, great offices with a view and I`m exposed to an environment that promotes continuous learning, innovation and development. I have gained invaluable professional experience and technical skills.
5) What is your favourite part of your job?
When I succeed in fast-tracking the completion of some projects ahead of time. It doesn`t come easy though. It requires resilience, and maybe just a little aggression!
6) What is the most stressful aspect of your job?
Managing simultaneous projects with tight deadlines can be a challenge! The Project Manager is responsible and accountable for the success or failure of a project. The pressure can be too much at times and I’m expected to please everyone. It can also be frustrating to have to chase for feedback from clients which has a huge impact on the timeous completion of a project.
7) Most memorable moment?
When I organised our participation at AfricaCom, one of the biggest conferences in Africa! It was a very challenging task and my skills were put to test. The end result was amazing as we achieved our goals in terms of brand awareness, relationship building and acquiring viable leads.
8) What advice would you give to a project manager on day one?
Learning from your mistakes will make you a better project manager. The experience will teach you to listen and engage, solve problems, use your emotional intelligence and to look at the bigger picture.