Project managers are responsible for the planning, management, coordination and financial control of a project.
You’ll need to track work to be completed, set deadlines and delegate tasks to the project team, identifying any potential risks.
Ultimately, you are responsible for completing the project work in line with the plan and will often report progress to senior managers.
Employers of project managers
- Construction companies
- Software producers
- Commercial retailers
- Engineering firms
- Public sector organizations
- agreeing project objectives
- representing the client’s or organization’s interests
- providing advice on the management of projects
- organizing the various professional people working on a project
- carrying out risk assessment
- making sure that all the aims of the project are met
- making sure the quality standards are met
- using IT systems to keep track of people and progress
- recruiting specialists and sub-contractors
- monitoring sub-contractors to ensure guidelines are maintained
- overseeing the accounting, costing and billing
You can get into project management with a degree in any subject. However, studying towards a foundation degree, diploma or degree in business or project management will provide practical knowledge about the commercial aspects of projects.
Postgraduate study in project management will increase your understanding but is not a pre-requisite to employment.
- excellent organization skills to plan the use of people and resources to meet deadlines;
- strong interpersonal skills to motivate and lead your project team;
- the ability to monitor and control budgets;
- good communication and negotiation skills to manage expectations;
- the ability to use your initiative and make decisions under pressure.