Design project managers are responsible for bringing proposed projects to fruition within their organization. Typically, they are responsible for gathering a team of qualified individuals, assigning tasks to team members, helping purchase necessary materials, and maintaining quality control throughout the development process. By working closely with their team, these managers are able to constantly evaluate progress, make adjustments where necessary, and assist in the process as needed. For each project, design project managers must meet deadlines and remain within budget.
A design project manager may be employed by a wide variety of industries, including information technology, construction, fashion, architecture, and many others. These professionals generally work full time during regular business hours, although alternative and/or additional hours may be required depending on the needs of their business.
Educational and experience requirements for design project manager positions vary by company and industry. However, a bachelor's degree in a related field and relevant experience are generally required. Relevant certifications such as project management professional (PMP) certification may be beneficial.
Design Project Manager Tasks
Manage projects from initial design to final implementation, particularly technical and practical aspects.
Review and coordinate design revisions.
Represent clients and ensure that specifications meet client requirements.
Communicate risks, obstacles, schedule, and quality to management and key parties.