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Associate Project Manager

| Greater Boston Area

Associate Project Manager

What we’re about:

Cantina is a strategic design and development agency. We accelerate an organization's ability to innovate, grow, and deliver better digital products and services. Our delivery management team houses project managers, product managers and business analysts who work closely with our clients to deliver solutions that enable our clients to succeed. The Delivery Management & Enablement team is the hub that supports all our services.

About you:

You’re a generalist by nature and might have one or more areas of interest in the project management field or beyond. You might have held the title of Digital Project Manager or Producer and are ready to take the next step in your career. You have consulting experience or have worked at a product company. You are a team player and a natural leader who thrives on putting your teams in the best position to execute. You have good knowledge in right-sizing a project plan, managing risks effectively and motivating your teams. You’ve had several successful project deliveries and are seeking to lead a project in a new area or of greater complexity to those of the past.

You have excellent communication skills and understand the concept of stakeholder management. You are passionate about process and thrive on working at a high velocity. You are business-minded and care about your clients and their customers.

You have a sound understanding of agile methodologies and are curious to learn about other project delivery methodologies. You are familiar with a Gantt chart and also understand that sometimes clients need other communication methods to know what’s going on. You have experience with mobile projects and may have delivered an IoT or connected product project.


  • Develop plans for and actively help to manage the execution of digital product development projects
  • Manage resource allocation and utilization for project elements
  • Identify and mitigate program/project risks early
  • Build a reputation and serve as internal escalation point person on projects/programs
  • Track program interdependencies, milestones and deliverables to ensure timely and successful project implementation/deployment
  • Prepare & maintain project plans; understanding of creative and technical development tasks and dependencies
  • Control and monitor project financials and put corrective actions in place to realign, if necessary
  • Assist in the preparation of Statements of Work

Must Haves

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in project management
  • Experience with digital product design and development projects
  • Consulting experience - this could be internal or external
  • Understanding of design techniques and frameworks as well as technical development/deployment processes
  • Understanding of the software development lifecycle and how you have managed projects throughout or in a particular phase
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to influence others in these areas
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills, especially in situations involving consensus and team building with strong problem-solving skills
  • Requisite level of computer skills to execute the job function effectively
  • Bachelor’s degree required


  • Prior agency experience is a plus
  • Having worked as a product owner or business analyst is a plus
  • PMP certification
  • CSM certification


  • Competitive base salary,
  • Eligible for a target bonus of up to 20% of base salary

Benefits and Perks

  • 100% employer-paid insurance premiums for health, dental, vision and disability
  • Flexible Work Arrangements (such as work from home days) available upon request
  • Paid parental leave up to 6 weeks
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match
  • Vacation time accrued to 20 days per year
  • Convenient location in Boston’s Financial District area close to public transportation

***This is a position in the Boston area and only candidates that live in or near the Boston area will be considered (no relocation compensation.)


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On the 19th floor of a building that stands 450 feet tall, Cantina's in the heart of the Financial District. The walk score ranks 98 to amenities.

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What does your typical day look like?

I start my day usually with a team check-in, then dive right into my tasks planned for the day. There are, of course, days that aren't as predictable but that's an aspect of the job I enjoy. In any case, there's always time for lunch and catching up with others at the office/project.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

Communication is key. Willingness to be open and adapt to new situations.


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What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Cantina is a place to foster a team that brings drive, creativity, smarts, kindness, openness, and caring to the challenge of solving hard problems and creating things that will add value for people. We'll do this for businesses and for community.


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How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

To me, the best indicator of a good work-life balance is the feeling that you have enough time. Enough time to sleep, to feel like part of a team, to relax, to hone your skills, to recover from illness, to get your ideas across, to spend time with loved ones, to learn, to make a lasting contribution, and to do anything else you might want to do.


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What are Cantina Perks + Benefits

Cantina Benefits Overview

We support our employees by providing competitive pay and benefits, an inclusive and affirming culture, and opportunities for accelerated career growth in a stimulating environment. We also get out of our peoples’ way so they can do their best work by limiting bureaucracy and a formal management structure; fostering a rich learning environment where anyone can take the lead.

Cantina encourages collaboration across the company and strives to make everyone feel included in its success.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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