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Senior Project Manager
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You can earn an average of £49,323.76 a year
Career Questions Answered
What skills do I need to become a Project Manager?
You will need to show a combination of soft and technical skills.
Soft skills include:
- Problem solving
- Time management
- Organisational skills
- Attention to detail
- Interpersonal skills
- Risk assessment
Technical skills include:
- PRINCE2 project management approach
- Strategic planning
- Agile software
- Project lifecycle management
- Performance tracking
- Financial modelling
The technical skills for each Project Manager position will vary depending on what the employer expects from you. The technical level of project management and the level of the job role you are applying for will also vary and advanced skills may be required.
What is the difference between a Project Manager and Product Manager?
These two roles compliment each other well, with the only similarities being skills such as leadership and time management.
A product manager is responsible for setting the concept for the product that needs to be built, gathers requirements and prioritises them. Whereas, a project manager acts upon this concept and makes sure that it is executed on time and on budget.
Do I need to have a degree?
To become a project manager, you do not need to have any formal qualifications, although having a degree in any subject may be an advantage depending on which sector you are looking to start your career in.
In some sectors such as IT and engineering, your subject knowledge will be more important than a business or project management degree. You can also move into a Project Manager position from technical roles after gaining experience in a project team or in a supporting administrative role.
To enhance your knowledge and increase your employability in project management, specialised courses from accredited training providers are available for those wanting to gain internationally recognised certifications. Courses such as PRINCE2, AgilePM and Change Management will help boost your knowledge and increase your chances of getting your dream job in project management. These courses can be studied alongside your current role via online learning which is the most popular choice for many.
What is the typical work environment for this career?
Project Managers tend to be based in the office working standard business hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The work environments can vary depending on which sector you are in. Project Managers will be expected to travel on a regular basis to attend events and appointments. You may also be expected to work additional hours in order to meet deadlines.
Project Managers can be employed as a freelancer or on a short-term contract for the duration of the specific project.
What are the day-to-day duties of a Project Manager?
As a Project Manager you can expect your day-to-day responsibilities to include the following;
- Initiate the project
- Coordinating project staff
- Carry out risk assessments
- Drawing up a plan for each project stage
- Quality assurance
- Cost estimation and budget development
- Creating and implementing schedules to meet deadlines
- Negotiating with contractors and suppliers
- Regularly report to senior managers and the client
- Managing and mitigating risk
- Managing client relationships
What is the career path for a Project Manager?
To begin your career in project management, you will more than likely start your career in an entry-level position such as a Project Administrator. From here, once you have some experience you can advance to an Assistant Project Manager. As an assistant you will learn transferable skills that can transition into a General Manager role or as a Project Manager.
As a Project Manager you will be expected to manage multiple projects simultaneously. As your career progresses you can advance into a Senior Project Manager such as a Programme Manager who will be responsible for a whole team of project managers, reporting direct to senior management and work at a strategic level.
After 10 years’ experience in an established project manager role you could become a Chief Operating Officer.