The project management manager oversees the entire process of completing a project, from design to materials acquisition to final presentation. The project management manager is responsible for building and coordinating a project team, creating clear and specific goals for that team, and making sure the team has the materials and resources it needs to complete the project. Depending on the scope of the project, the project manager may either direct the project teams directly or delegate responsibilities to subordinate directors.
Success as a project manager requires a prospective applicant with superior skills in both communications and time management to ensure the project proceeds smoothly and within deadlines. A project manager may be expected to work long and unusual hours, especially as deadlines approach, and may work in a variety of environments (indoors and/or outdoors) depending on the nature of the project.
As the specific tasks of project management managers may vary widely, the educational requirements for the position rely on the focus of the employer and the nature of the project. A minimum requirement for most positions is a bachelor's degree in project management, with more demanding projects requiring a master's degree. Educational emphasis on specific fields such as science, engineering, or mathematics may also be necessary for projects with a strong focus in these fields. There are also a variety of project management certifications that aid in employment prospects.
Project Management Manager Tasks
- Develop project budget, suggest changes, and determine project profitability.
- Create project construction plans and timelines, decide project goals and milestones.
- Meet project deadlines, identify possible delays, and make progress reports to management and clients.
- Manage and direct the daily work of personnel throughout the building of a project.
- Communicate project goals, deadlines, and expectations to workers, management, and clients.