European Planning Manager

Posted on November 23, 2021
Ref: 1077

Role: Planner

Location: West Midlands, West Midlands

Type: Permanent

Specialism: Agency

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Rebecca Fogarty

Call: 01789 201468

email Rebecca


European Planning Manager (12 Month FTC) - Birmingham / London - Salary DOE

Blueskies are looking to recruit a European Planning Manager (12 month FTC) for a multinational brand and design agency based in their Birmingham or London office.  This pivotal role within the Operations team enables the studios to work as one agency across multiple locations tracking financial performance, managing resources against revenue, ensuring the studios work efficiently and safely, and align with the wider business HR policies and processes.

In close partnership with Client Services and Design Directorate, this person will own and manage the agency workflow and will also manage local freelance resources.


We are looking for someone with....

  • Exceptional people skills and positivity
  • A strong ability to organize yourself and those around you
  • Capable of being the calm in the storm, working across competing requirements to reach a solution
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • MS Office, strong Excel skills


Ideally you will have....

  • 6-8 years’ experience in Brand, Packaging, Creative or Advertising agencies in Studio Management roles
  • An understanding of agency P&L (especially Direct, Indirect and Freelance costs)
  • Experience managing Freelance and Agency staff
  • Experience working with teams across multiple locations


The Role Requirements....

  • Create a strong network across Operations and Studio management, building an awareness of colleague talent and location capabilities
  • Partner with Client Services Teams to understand the client requirements
  • Create robust resource plans, working seamlessly with Design Directors and Creative Directors to ensure we have the right talent deployed to deliver the clients needs
  • Understand the revenue pipeline to ensure efficiently maximize the use of their own resources before considering external resources.
  • Build a network of freelance talent that gives the agency short term scalability
  • Secure freelance resource where we need additional scale or need to plug skill set gaps to deliver the client needs. Co-ordinate equipment and IT access for freelancers.
  • Co-ordinate with line managers to balance the impact of holiday and mitigate the impact of absence against our delivery plans
  • Track freelance spend, ensuring timely invoice submission and purchase orders are raised


This role is based is hybrid working in either Birmingham or London. To be considered please send you CV to or call for a more detailed conversation on 01789 293893  

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