A project manager’s day-to-day role involves planning, procurement and execution of a specific project. Project management roles are in a number of different industries, and project managers will rarely participate in the actual project activity, but will instead simply manage the progress of the project, minimising costs and maximising benefits.
Keep reading to find out what responsibilities are typically included in project management roles, along with advice for your job hunt and more.
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Our Career Map profile for project management jobs includes:
- What kind of person is suitable?
- Career development opportunities
- Where could you be working?
- Jobs can also be titled:
- Top tips for applying
Responsibilities typically included in a project management job:
- Project managers have overall responsibility for any given project, whether they are working alone or heading up a project management team.
- Project management also includes support roles – such as project administrator – and these individuals will execute activities to support the overall project. They will also have the opportunity to progress to overall project management as their career develops.
- They will also be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, but not the execution of each project task. For example, they could be managing the launch of a new website, but won’t be creating the content for the website, or designing the webpages.
- Project managers are responsible for defining project objectives, and ensuring they are clear, realistic and relevant. Those working as project support or project administrators will carry out these objectives, reporting on the progress of each objective and how successful the project is.
- Project managers may also be responsible for sourcing staff to work on the project output, as well as procuring the correct technology to complete the task.
- Those working in project management need to keep the project on track, not only for time constraints, but to ensure it doesn’t go over spend and is a quality piece of work.
Desirable skills for project management roles
When recruiters search for ideal project management candidates, they’re looking for:
- The ability to juggle multiple tasks at the same time.
- First class planning and organisation skills
- The ability to meet strict deadlines.
- The ability to liaise with, and motivate, a range of personnel.
- Strong communication and negotiation skills.
- Personal and project time management is crucial to ensure a project is completed on time.
- A good understanding of financial data and budgeting to keep costs under control.
What kind of person suits a project management job?
- People person. Those working on projects need to be great with people, whether they’re working with them, managing them, or delegating work to them. Being personable is really important in a project management role.
- Problem solver. You may come up against issues or have a hold up within the project. Being able to think fast and step back from an issue to see the bigger picture is really important, as is the ability to solve problems.
- Not only will those working in project management be handling the project, but they could also be looking after their own team and deadlines, as well as suppliers and the financial side of the project. Being great with lists and keeping a track of daily activities make it a lot easier to multitask effectively.
- Detail driven. Having great attention to detail is key in project management roles.
What career development opportunities are there for project management professionals?
Skills developed within project management are highly transferable to almost any industry:
- Project workers can train in project specific methodologies such as PRINCE2 (Projects In Controlled Environments) and project processes such as Agile, Lean, 6Sigma.
- Professional qualifications are offered by the Association for Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI), and Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
- Successful project managers often freelance later on in their careers, or work as project analysts – managing multiple projects, and reporting on the effectiveness of projects within a business.
Where could you be working in a project management job?
Project workers could work in any sector from construction to IT. Project workers are usually office based but are often required to travel to meetings and to visit suppliers and contractors. In some industries, such as construction, regular site visits may be required, and may even be required to work remotely, or from home.
Project teams may be formed within a company, or outsourced to specialist project management agencies that work on a wide range of projects and employee professionals to specifically deliver projects. Freelance project management consultants may also work on specific projects, regularly meeting with the team to check progress.
Project management jobs can also be titled:
- Project Support Coordinator
- Project Support Administrator
- Project Assistant
- Program Manager
- Project Analyst
- Project Office Manager
- Change Manager Project Consultant
- Project Leader
- Freelance Project Specialist
- Project Administrator
Three top tips for a project management job application:
- Be specific. Detail any previous project experience in quantifiable terms e.g. IT system delivered on time to 150 users within the £30,000 budget.
- Attention to detail. Maintain excellent attention to detail throughout the recruitment process.
- Speak up. Communication is key for all project roles so ensure that all interactions, both verbal and written, underline your skills in this area.