A project management specialist is responsible for all aspects of a project. They may oversee a small or large team, and they may be directly responsible for some project work themselves depending on the size of the company and the project. The project management specialist serves as the point of contact for the client or customer, answering questions and providing updates. Within their team, the project management specialist assigns tasks and monitors progress while making suggestions for improvement and facilitating the project's timely completion. It is the project management specialist's job to ensure all completed work complies with company and client standards, taking action if any of those standards are not being met. They supervise and participate in all aspects of research, development, production, and follow-up for the projects under their supervision.
These positions often, but not always, require certification as a project management professional.Experience in relevant positions demonstrating progressive responsibility is generally needed, and a postsecondary degree (such as a bachelor's or master's degree) in a relevant field is often required. Project management specialists must have excellent time management skills, be able to effectively identify and solve problems, understand how to mitigate risk factors, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Additionally, these specialists need to know how to develop time and cost estimates, assign tasks efficiently to meet those estimates, and make adjustments to assignments and estimates as necessary.
Project Management Specialist Tasks
Assign responsibilities and identify key people for information transfer.
Monitor, adjust the schedule, and summarize project progress.
Coordinate and complete projects, setting deadlines, and summarizing responsibilities.
Identify risks, mitigation plans, technical review, and budget strategies.