Translation/Localization Project Management & QA

Recruitment of Project Managers has been a core specialty of Adaptive Globalization for over a decade.

We understand that it isn’t enough for a candidate to have held a ‘PM’ title within the industry to automatically qualify for a job. Our in-depth screening process matches key experience with specific vacancies.

Technology Expertise
Need a PM with strong skills in Trados, MemoQ, InDesign, or Smartling? We’ll make it a must-have in our search.

Different LSPs require different levels of hands-on tech knowledge from their PMs, so we prioritize accordingly.

Language Skills
For PMs assigned to specific global accounts, communication is crucial.

​Adaptive can help to find candidates with the right PM background plus the native language skills to support customers, work with suppliers and approve linguistic quality.

Client-Facing Experience
If your agency’s PM vacancy involves regular interaction with key clients and contributes to sales and growth, we’ll focus our search on customer service experience, communication skills and personality.

Project Scope
‘Managing projects’ means nothing without context. Document translation or web localization?

Three languages or 30? Word counts, budgets and time-frames also play a major role.

We look to find the PM candidate whose experience truly fits with your company’s needs.


Active jobs

Senior Project Manager - Chicago

United States
We are looking for a Senior Project Manager for one of our clients which is one of the world's leading language providers. This role is permanent, full-time and remote although one must be available to work from the office in Chicago occasionally. Our client has offices in the UK (HQ), USA, Romania, Singapore, Australia, Egypt, Germany and Guatemala. They offer translation, interpreting, localization, subtitling, transcription and voice over solutions to clients in 10 key sectors. Their portfolio include Enterprise companies such as Netflix, Honda, LinkedIn, Financial Times, ICON, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Hilton, Paramount and Microsoft. Moreover, in 2023, they have won the BELA Award for "Best Language Service Provider for Career Progression". Education & Experience 3 years of experience in a project management environment within the Translation and Localization industry Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in languages, otherwise experience in the Localization industry. Adaptable to change, curious to new ideas and easily navigates complex projects. Have strong quality management, problem solving abilities, people and project management skills. Have in depth understanding of localisation engineering tools and IT literacy. Role Responsibilities People and performance management of a small team of Project Managers and/or Junior Project Managers. Supervise, train or guide team members by having regular 121s and providing effective feedback. Be the escalation point for the team. Actively support team members in project management and delivery. Assign roles and tasks to dedicated team members, based on individual strengths and abilities. Manage projects end-to-end, i.e., act as the main point of communication between internal team and clients, dealing with all requests, queries, and issues, and ensure swift resolution of any issues. Lead and manage complex scope projects where analysis requires a review of a variety of factors and the coordination of various stakeholders at all levels. Manage quality control and development of resources. Work with Resourcing & Quality Assurance on recruitment and on-boarding of resources. Lead QBR reviews for assigned portfolio of clients. Attend client meetings and trade shows and/or relevant industry events. Consider and implement ways of improving service for portfolio of clients. Closely monitor and control project financials. Meet cost control targets and seek ways to improve them in line with company objectives & KPIs. Systematically and logically identify and weigh options to resolve problems, generating solutions after reviewing all relevant information, including risks and the impact of potential solutions. Active role in strategic account management and Account Plan preparation and implementation in close collaboration with Sales / Account Management and other Functions involved. Analyse and report on key account, project, team or other performance metrics following established procedures or as requested by stakeholders. If you're interested, please apply with an updated copy of your resume. #LI-CP1 #LI-remote

Language Operations Associate - Hong Kong

Hong Kong
United States
We are seeking an experienced Project Manger to join our client's rapidly expanding team in Hong Kong. The role is hybrid hence you will be working from home twice a week.  Out client is one of the fastest-growing companies in the world, global leader in knowledge on demand. The company has been named to the Financial Times FT1000 list of Europe's fastest-growing companies and has been awarded the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America award. In this position, your primary responsibility will be to manage the transcription, translation and interpretation needs of the organization, supporting the company Client Services Teams’ commercial initiatives for language services as wells as improving and expanding their language service operations and workflows globally. Skills & Experience  • At least 1 to 3 years of experience as a full-time Project Manager or Operations role within a transcription company or an LSP, with a proven track record of managing transcription and/or translation workflow and production. Alternatively, at least 2-3 years of experience as a full-time Project Manager or Operations role within a high-growth tech-enabled professional services firm • Motivated to deliver measurable results and develop a client-first mindset • Curiosity about Language Technology is a plus • Must have excellent operational, project management, and problem-solving skills • Passionate about working with globally dispersed teams and handling various working styles • Entrepreneurial, growth mindset, sees expanding services in the region as an exciting opportunity Interested? Please apply with an updated copy of your resume!  #LI-CP1  

Project Manager - Seoul

Korea; Republic Of (South)
55 million Korean won
We're seeking a highly motivate, experienced Project Manager to join our client's rapidly expanding team in Seoul. This is a hybrid role hence working in the office twice/thrice a week is required. Our client is a world-leading provider of technology-enabled language, content, and intellectual property services. They turned over $923m in 2022 which placed them in the top 3 LSPs worldwide. The company works with over 80% of the world’s top 100 brands, more than three-quarters of Fortune’s 20 ‘Most Admired Companies’ and almost all the top pharmaceutical companies, investment banks, law firms and patent filers. Furthermore, they have recently grown into the data space. Key Responsibilities Overseeing and executing a full cycle of localization projects from a range of customers from start to finish Creation of estimates and proposals for client approval based on a project scope and provided materials Creation of project schedules using RWS tools and systems Close financial monitoring and control of projects through available tools and systems Effective verbal and written communications with clients, internal and external stakeholders and the wider team members regionally and globally where needed Adhering to RWS project process including Translation Management Systems, CAT tools, QA Tools, financial platforms, etc. Identification of project/process improvement opportunities and escalating to a manager Holding regular project meetings, documenting these and distributing minutes actions to the team Skills & Experience 5 -7 years of hands-on experience within the localization or translation industry CAT tools and QA tools knowledge (TRADOS or other translation management tools) Good written/verbal skills in English and Korean for internal and external communication Good Microsoft Office skills (Outlook, Excel, Words, PowerPoint and etc.) Team player, willing to be devoted into the team building Analytical and structured problem solving abilities Ability to keep calm in a pressured environment Interested? Please apply with an updated copy of your resume! #LI-CP1

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19. 08. 2018

Top 10: Weird and Wonderful Job Titles

Here at Adaptive Globalization we spend our days and weeks searching for perfect candidates and it leads us to look in some of the dark corners of the job-seekers section of the internet. As we trawl through many webpages, job boards and speak with a lot of our clients and candidates, we come across some fantastic job titles – from Mischief Maker to Wizard of Lightbulb moments, I recently discovered that there’s a market for an Emoji Translator – what a job that would be, especially as Adweek reported in 2017 that more than 60 million emojis are used daily on Facebook, with a further 5 billion (plus!) on its Messenger platform. In the localization industry, it’s important we’re across every single language, even emojis! So, after a few laughs in the office, we thought we’d share our top 10 picks of the weird and wonderful we’ve discovered across a range of industries and have translated them for you… do you fancy doing any of these? Wizard of Light Bulb Moments – Marketing Director Emoji Translator – Not sure where to begin… Mischief Maker – Content Creator Chief Evangelist – Brand Ambassador Sales Ninja – Sales Executive Disruptor in Chief – Head of Daily Business Operations Problem Wrangler – Counsellor Talent Delivery Specialist – Recruitment Consultant Digital Overlord – Website Manager Great Service Agent – Receptionist I’m sure all of you have seen some weird and wonderful job titles in your time, why not share with us your favourite ones?
26. 07. 2018

LocRecruiter Q2 2018

Here at Adaptive Globalization we want to share our expertise with the industry.Having been one of the leading names in recruiting in our fields for many years, we know a thing or two about current trends, industry insights and are well connected to get a one-to-one with a friendly face, interviewing them about hot topics in the world of localization.Published quarterly, our newsletter aims to be a forum in which Adaptive’s network of business owners, leaders and professionals can share their expertise to discuss a range of issues and hot topics.Looking for your next career move? Perhaps you didn’t know you were, but you’ve now thought about it. Well, we’ve even included a handy selection of our top jobs in the newsletter – a quick roundup of what we think are some amazing opportunities. Of course, we have more on our website – just head to the jobs page here.With all of this – it’s not all-serious stuff. We like to throw in something a bit light-hearted, too – ranging from strange jobs we’ve stumbled upon, including Emoji Translator and ‘Chaos Creator’ weird, right? And more, these publications will give you your quarterly fill.So click here to check out the latest edition!We hope you enjoy the articles, interviews and information – and please let us know of any ideas you would like to submit for the next LocRecruiter edition.
13. 07. 2018

The Translation Agency Industry’s Top-Earning Career Paths

Adaptive’s recruiters are often asked by candidates how they can build their careers to raise their market value and earnings. Here we share our map of the paths which lead to some of the top-paying roles in the global language services industry.First things first - you don’t have to be a salesperson to make big bucks.Often when Adaptive is approached by candidates looking to up their earnings in the language services industry, there’s an expectation that only the high-flying BDMs and C-suite management are making top money.After all, BDMs are on commission plans and signing big customer deals can be very lucrative. And it’s true – top BDMs and sales managers can be making as much as anyone on this list.But salespeople not the only ones with strong pay packages in the language industry. In fact, we’ve left sales out of our list below to offer alternate options to translation and localization industry professionals looking to build their careers.So here we go - four routes to top-paying roles if cold calling isn’t your thing:1. Business Unit Leadershipe.g. VP Life Sciences, VP EngineeringBroad-ranging VP titles usually signify a role that is a mix of client relations, operations and specific expertise in a particular area.Professionals in these positions are in charge of ‘business units’ which operate like mini-companies within the larger organization, focused on one specific area – such as services to the Life Sciences market or engineering services.This means the VP’s responsibility is wide, often covering a separate profit and loss account for their unit. VPs leading these areas can come from a variety of backgrounds, but have often worked their way up an internal hierarchy where their increasing experience makes them more and more valuable.They head up hiring, account management and ensure that their company’s service offering continues to be competitive and evolve with the market.Career Entry Point: Project Manager, Account Manager, BDMKey Skill: ability to combine rounded business skills with deep subject-matter expertiseAverage Salary Range: $100,000 - $160,000 + bonus 2. Internal Technology Managemente.g. CTO, VP of TechnologyAt the highest level, technology managers need to be more than just experts in localization workflows, and lead areas such as networking, security, compliance, training, technology change management, data recovery and more.Their focus is on the role technology plays in helping the company reach strategic goals and impacting overall P&L.Localization career paths typically go from specialist to generalist with candidates building a base in CAT tools, internal and client workflows and then rounding out generalist IT competencies to continue progressing.Career Entry Point: CAT Tools Specialist, Localization Technology Manager, Localization EngineerAverage Salary Range: $120,000 - $180,000 + bonusKey skill: ability to visualize and implement technology changes which make high-value improvements to the global organization 3. Operations & General Managemente.g. VP Operations, General ManagerA great goal for Project Managers!Many of the industry’s top-paid professionals in operations (production) leadership started ‘in the trenches’ as PMs. Growth in this career channel comes from deep first-hand knowledge of internal workflows, aptitude for working directly with key customers and versatile operational skills – organization, planning, financial management and personnel leadership.As operations candidates move up the career ladder, they broaden their generalist business skills and combine them with their expert knowledge of localization processes to eventually step up and take overall responsibility.Career Entry Point: Project Manager, QA ManagerSalary range: $120,000 - $150,000 + bonusKey skill: ability to design and maintain efficient teams and workflows to deliver reliably and profitably for customers4. Client Solutions Developmente.g. VP Client Solutions, Global Solutions ManagerA specialist team within most LSPs, solutions professionals focus on bridging the gap between sales, production and IT.Their focus is building creative solutions for prospective and existing customers, which involves customizing, integrating and potentially selecting new tools to bring together clients’ existing technology systems and those used by the LSP.Many client solutions experts get their start in engineering and are well versed in CAT tools, but also work to develop strong client relationship skills throughout their careers. Often professionals in this space work on the client side for at least a few years, building inside knowledge from the buyer perspective.At the top of the tree, global managers for solutions teams build some of the most advanced workflows in commercial localization.Career Entry Point: Localization Engineer, CAT Tools Specialist, Project Manager, Account ManagerSalary range: $130,000 - $150,000 + bonusKey skill: ability to think creatively to create unique technology-based workflow solutions * * *Adaptive Globalization recruits within the translation, localization and language technology sectors from entry-level to VP+.Feel free to get in touch to discuss hiring or career development – can check out Adaptive Globalization’s vacancies for PMs, Account Managers, Loc Engineers, BDMs and more in our job listings here.