Crain Communications Inc. Project Manager (TEMP) in Detroit, Michigan

Crain Communications is seeking a temporary Project Manager to plan, execute and finalize programs, projects and initiatives. The incumbent should be able to identify opportunities for improvement and make constructive suggestions for change. This requires that they strictly manage their time as well as provide direction and management in order lead diverse project teams to quick decisions. This individual will be tasked with satisfying technical and customer requirements while meeting budget and timeframe commitments and should possess the ability conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities.

The temprorary Project Manager role receives minimal direct guidance and supervision, and may require supervision of other employees. The individual in this role should be able to cultivate strong relationships with internal customer base, vendors, and other project team members while motivating the team to work together in the most effective manner.


  • Define project scope, goals and deliverables that support business strategy in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders

  • Develop full-scale project plans and associated communication documents

  • Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders

  • Identify and manage project dependencies and critical path

  • Plan, schedule and track project milestones and deliverables using appropriate tools

  • Develop and deliver status reports, proposals, scope documentation and presentations

  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential risk, and devise contingency plans

  • Define project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle

  • Create, maintain and grow strategic relationships with internal stakeholders and vendors

  • Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members and vendors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work

  • Provide project management for large scale corporate level transformation projects

  • Formulate and present solutions and ideas for change to senior management with little direction

  • Occasional travel may be required

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • BS or BA degree in computer science, publishing, business administration or related field, or equivalent experience

  • 3+ years Project Management experience

  • Experience managing projects for Media/Publishing companies

  • Experience managing multiple complex corporate level projects

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite

  • Experience presenting proposals and project status to executive management

  • Strong knowledge of Smartsheet or similar project tracking and planning tool

  • Able to resolve project related issues independently

  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

  • Very strong communication skills

  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills

  • Strong time management skills

  • Ability to travel as needed


  • Experience in Publishing, Marketing or Online Strategy is preferred

  • Proficient in development tools, such as Confluence, Jira

  • PMP Certification is recommended

Brand Overview

Crain Communications has been at the forefront of the publishing industry for more than a century. Combining information with innovation, Crain delivers the story you can’t get anywhere else. As a privately held company, we maintain a personal responsibility for elevating our work to be the best it can be. Every editor, reporter and correspondent at Crain shares the responsibility of ensuring the editorial independence and importance of our work. With an Audience First focus and uncompromising integrity, we strive to make a real impact for the individuals and industries we serve. While other media companies report the news, Crain gives it meaning. We add context to content, infuse information with insights, and initiate connections as well as conversations.

Crain Communications offers a competitive salary, a generous benefits package, profit sharing, and a friendly work environment. This is a great time to join our organization -- a profitable, well established publishing leader.

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