Project Managers are responsible for managing every aspect of a project, ensuring that the work is finished on time and within budget, and to a high quality.
A Project Manager will usually work across various different types of projects, possibly across a range of industries. They will plan the overall delivery of the project, including all timescales and milestones, and will manage the budget, equipment and team responsible for delivering the project. A project could represent anything from the implementation of a new piece of software to managing the planning of an outdoor marketing event.
You will spend a lot of time with clients, and ensuring that the team know exactly what they are scheduled to complete. There is no typical day in project management, thus it helps to be organised, flexible, patient and maintain excellent communication with all parties.
Project Managers are often promoted into the role from team leading or management positions, following demonstration of management skills, leadership skills, interpersonal ability, and the capacity to control schedules and budgets.
- Salaries start around £18,000 annually
- Most junior project managers can extend this to between £22,000 and £30,000 annually
- With experience, salaries can be up to £35,000
- Figures are intended as a guideline only
Benefits and prospects
Junior Project Managers have promotion opportunities and may advance to roles such as Project Manager.
- Control the financial resources and negotiate contracts with suppliers and contractors
- Manage and monitor the schedule of the project to ensure that it will be completed on time and to budget
- Liaise with other departments to ensure that the overall project is running smoothly
- Oversee all aspects of the projects development and delivery
- Priorities work and manage staff when production deadlines become a concern
Skills and qualities
- Strong leadership and management skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Give clear and concise presentations
- Excellent organisational and problem solving skills
- Ability to make tough decisions and handle negotiations
- Ability to manage people, time and resources efficiently