Localization Project Manager

General responsibilities & duties

  • Managing each step of the localization process: initiating, executing, and closing projects, from project kickoffs to creating detailed project plans and deliverables.
  • Overseeing end-to-end localization workflow across the team using translation management tools and systems. 
  • Coordinating freelancers, localization vendors, linguists, subject-matter experts, and internal stakeholders
  • Documenting each step of the process and optimizing it.
  • Communicating internally and externally with stakeholders to ensure effective cross-team collaboration.
  • Proactively assessing project risks through prioritization, bug management, and any other means necessary
  • Balancing translation costs and project budgets
  • Exploring, assessing, and selecting relevant AI technology to make the localization and linguistic tasks more efficient and less costly
  • Defining the quality requirements and metrics for all content types that require localization
  • Defining the most relevant KPIs, monitoring the metrics and providing inputs for ROI assessment on localization investments

Skills required

  • They’re detail-oriented and organization-savvy and have strong problem-solving skills
  • They can multitask and code-switch, interfacing with project team members across the organization
  • They are technologically minded and comfortable learning new platforms, software, and tools
  • They have a working knowledge of industry-standard localization tools and familiarity with translation management systems (TMS), CAT tools, and databases
  • They have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • They understand scope and risk management to keep projects on track
  • They understand time and stakeholder management
  • They can effectively communicate with partners and vendors, and have the ability to adapt localization projects based on feedback
  • They coach, train, and lead team members
  • They have experience working in global teams and they are culturally aware
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills
  • Bias to action, proactive & innovative by nature
  • Candidate must be highly motivated, ambitious, and flexible
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • MS Office experience in Outlook, Word, and Spreadsheets
  • Meticulous attention to detail while maintaining a“big picture” vision
  • Excellent organizational and readiness to handle and prioritize multiple tasks

MIIS Resources to acquire these skills

  • Localization Project Management; Advanced LPM by Yelena Proskurin 
  • Translation Technology; Advanced Translation Technology by Adam Wooten
  • Advanced Business Applications; Data-Driven Localization by Kevin Morenzi
  • Design and Internationalization by David Mohr
  • Intercultural competency classes such as “Working across cultures” and “Intercultural Group Dynamics”

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