The program project manager is a title held by higher-level staff in various industries, although the title is most commonly found in the finance and information technology sectors. Depending on the field a manager is in, the title is usually an appointment for a project that has a specific time limit. However, these managers are usually always presiding over consecutive projects, so when one ends, they will begin working on another; for example, the program project manager could constantly work in software development in developing new products and updating products.
It is very important that a program project manager has organization and communication skills, as they oversee groups of employees that may sometimes be very large; this includes making sure that each team member is doing their part and on schedule. Another important responsibility is devising project budgets and making sure they have the resources within that budget.
Outside of leadership responsibilities, a program project manager has a variety of other duties. They decide when certain milestones must be met within projects, whether it is a financial goal or a date at which a certain step in a project must be completed. This aspect of their job sets the basis for project schedules and allows teams to organize their time properly. In the finance industry, program project managers may work with a number of different people including those in the treasury department, commissions, reporting, and investor relations; those in information technology work with information technology specialists, software developers, and other employees in the software and computers industry.
As a higher-level manager, a program project manager will often report to a top-level executive such as the vice president or president, and sometimes the chief executive officer of a corporation. An office environment is typical of this job, and their tools for work are computers, telephones, pen and paper, and calculators. Working hours are usually normal business hours.
The educational requirement for a program project manager depends on the field that they are in but it is usually a higher-level degree such as a master's degree in information technology, business administration, or finance.
Program Project Manager Tasks
- Create, share, and update project plans and communicate status to clients and management.
- Troubleshoot and resolve technical, vendor, and personnel issues with respect to timelines.
- Work with all stakeholders to articulate do-able goals, requirements, and schedule.
- Design, facilitate, and deploy internal and external initiatives to increase visibility or revenue.