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Project Coordinator/Manager

Location:Montreal, QC, Canada (Anywhere)

Education level: College/University
Education field: Liberal arts and humanities
Years of experience: more than 5
Attributes that best describes:
Team player
Independent worker
Strong analytical skills
Good communicator

As a project manager in the translation industry, these skills defined my success. When I first started a project manager handled 7-10 projects daily and at the end of my contract last year, a project manager was handling 25+ a day with shorter deadlines and fewer resources. To do the job well I needed strong analytical skills to quickly assess a new project and plan the steps and resources necessary. Then working with various colleagues and resources I started the process ensuring that all the important information and references were passed on. The job required working both independently and as a team player depending on the various steps of the translation process and who the stakeholders were. I loved the ability to do both and enjoyed it thoroughly. A fantastic example of how all this came together fluidly happened a Wednesday afternoon just before closing time. A client sent in a 3000 word legal text for translation for the following morning (normal turnaround would be 2-3 days). I immediately reached out to colleagues to help me source translators and then called the client to communicate the challenges and risks of such a short deadline. Her superior (the key stakeholder) returned my call. Acknowledging his needs, I asked what the timeline for this document was, explained our challenges and risks (poor quality) and we pleasantly negotiated a more feasible deadline that worked for him without jeopardizing his needs. Afterwards he expressed his satisfaction and gratitude with a personal thank you.

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