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Synthesis is currently seeking a Consulting Project Manager.
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<h1>Consulting Project Manager</h1>

Synthesis Agri-Food Network is a specialized firm providing consultation and communication services to the agriculture and food industry. Consulting services include strategic planning, facilitation, stakeholder consultation, market assessments and analysis Communications services including marketing strategy, communications campaign planning and execution of communications tactics

<h2>POSITION DESCRIPTION:</h2>
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The Consulting Project Manager will play a key support role for the Client Director to complete consulting projects and manage multiple client deadlines. The Consulting Project Manager position will establish and build effective relationships with existing agriculture and food clients through planning and implementing consulting projects and reports. This role is a unique combination of client and project management as well as research and writing, with a focus on agricultural and food related projects. This position also will support our efforts to develop new business with new and current clients. Typical clients that this role will support are agriculture producer organizations (provincial and national), trade associations and commodity councils as well as governments (provincial and federal).
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The role includes the following functions:
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<b>Client and Project Management</b> (75% of expected effort)
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<li>Manage multiple client projects including scheduling work, organizing meetings, coordinating various tasks to be completed by internal staff or outside services providers</li>
<li>Writing consulting reports and briefing notes. This includes research and analysis, writing, editing and document formatting</li>
<li>Serve as the primary day to day client contact and provide clients with regular status update reports</li>
<li>Participate in and in some cases, facilitate client and/or stakeholder consultations, such as interviews and meetings and create materials for consultation meetings and planning sessions</li>
<li>Manage project budgets including the creation of estimates/proposals, preparing client billing instructions and internal cost tracking</li>
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<b>New Business Development</b> (25% of expected effort)
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<li>Develop new business by identifying and following up on opportunities</li>
<li>Writing new business proposals</li>
<li>Participate in relevant industry events (agriculture, food, rural)</li>
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<h2>EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:</h2>
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<li>University degree (Masters preferred) with a specialization in agriculture, food, business or a communications related field is required</li>
<li>Applied project management experience is considered an asset</li>
<li>A strong understanding of issues and trends impacting the agriculture, rural, and food sector is an asset</li>
<li>Experience is working with agricultural organizations, agri-businesses or government is an asset</li>
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<h2>SKILLS, QUALITIES AND ATTRIBUTES:</h2><b></b>
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<li>Strong organizational and project management skills including demonstrated time management skills</li>
<li>Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to listen effectively</li>
<li>Knowledge of current agri-food and rural issues and willingness to further develop an area of expertise is strongly encouraged</li>
<li>Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Adobe Acrobat</li>
<li>Proven research and critical thinking skills</li>
<li>Strong interest in finding solutions to a broad range of topics within the agri-food and rural sectors</li>
<li>Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced, ever changing environment</li>
<li>Ability to work independently as well as part of a team</li>
<li>Facilitation skills would be considered an asset</li>
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<p>This position will require some travel to attend client meetings, conferences/tradeshows and other events. Employee will need access to reliable transportation</p>

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