What does a project manager do?

The project manager is responsible for day-to-day management of the project and must be competent in managing the six aspects of a project, i.e. scope, schedule, finance, risk, quality and resources. Project managers work on specific projects that have definite outcomes, have time limits and have to stay within a budget.

These tasks typically include:

  • planning what work needs to be done, when and who’s going to do it;
  • looking at the risks involved in a particular project and managing these risks;
  • making sure the work is done to the right standard;
  • motivating the team of people involved in the project;
  • co-ordinating work done by different people;
  • making sure the project is running on time and to budget;
  • dealing with changes to the project as and when necessary;
  • making sure the project delivers the expected outcomes and benefits;

What is project management?

What can projects deliver?

Why choose project management?

A career as a project manager can be exciting, varied, fulfilling, and productive. There are great career prospects for project managers.

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How to become a project manager?

There are many routes to becoming a project manager, from gaining a qualification, to working your way up on the job.

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A day in the life of a project manager

Spencer is a project manager in the engineering/construction sector.

"I’ve been a project manager for nearly 10 years, and started the role a little further into my working life than others (I was previously a people manager).

I remember when I first had the idea of a career change. I got together with some old friends to organise and reform my old rugby team. Turns out I needed a lot of planning and organisation skills to make this happen. It made me think: I’m good at this, and I enjoy it; could it become my career?"

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