What do project manager jobs involve?
Project managers take on the responsibility for ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget, as well as ensuring all key objectives are met. In this role, you’ll be in charge of planning and overseeing all aspects of a project, leading by example and being seen as the main point of contact for key stakeholders.
The role is a varied one, with the opportunity to work in a wide range of different sectors, including:
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The nature of project manager jobs mean that your day-to-day duties will vary, depending on the industry, organisation and project you’re working on. However, common activities include creating detailed project plans, working out budgets and resources, monitoring and tracking a project’s progress, carrying out risk assessments, recruiting and overseeing specialists and sub-contractors, evaluating results and more.
What is a project manager’s salary?
The salary you’ll earn as a project manager can vary considerably according to the industry you’re in, as well as the organisation and location.
In an entry level position, you can expect to earn anywhere between £20,000 and £35,000 per year. As you progress and gain more experience, this figure can rise to between £40,000 and £80,000 per year, depending on the industry.
If you decide to go into business for yourself as a freelance contractor, you can set your own rate, with averages falling between £300 and £500 per day.
These figures are intended as a guideline only.
What skills do I need?
To be a successful project manager you’ll need a good understanding of the industry you’ve chosen to work in, whether that’s construction, engineering, marketing or any other discipline. However, there are a number of key skills that are important for all project managers, regardless of sector.
First and foremost, excellent organisational and time-management skills are key, as is the ability to multi-task and perform well under pressure. You’ll need good communication and interpersonal skills in order to motive your team and manage the expectations of senior management and other stakeholders. A good grasp of maths and some financial expertise is also important, as you’ll need to be able to create and manage budgets.
What qualifications do I need?
It’s possible to begin a career in project management with an undergraduate degree in any subject. However, certain subjects, especially those focused on business or management, will give you a head start by providing you with an understanding of the commercial elements of projects.
If you complete an undergraduate degree in an unrelated subject, you can always opt to complete a postgraduate course in project management afterwards.
Many large organisations offer graduate schemes, allowing you to gain vital industry experience, often while completing further training and qualifications.
What are the hours and conditions?
You can expect to work between 35 and 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, this may vary in certain sectors. You may also be required to work additional hours during evenings and weekends to meet deadlines, as and when deadlines dictate. If you’re a freelancer, you can set your own hours.
Your working environment will vary depending on your sector. You could find yourself spending most of your time in an office, or alternatively could spend a good deal of time based on construction sites or manufacturing plants.
If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there are numerous opportunities for progression throughout your career. To help you move up the career level, you may want to look into gaining a professional qualification through organisations such as the Association for Project Management (APM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Project Management Institute (PMI).
You’ll develop a number of transferable skills in your career as well, meaning you can choose to move into a different sector if you so wish.
Areas of specialism
As previously mentioned, there is a demand for project managers in a wide range of different industries, giving lots of opportunities for specialism. Rather than move from one sector to another, many project managers will choose to specialise in one, working to grow their knowledge in that specific field.
Project Manager/Contract Manager - Civil Eng Design ContractsBristol
Role: Project Manager / Contract Manager - Civil Engineering Design Contracts - Hinkley Point 'C' nuclear power station project Location: Bristol. close to the M4/M5 junction Salary: up to £59000 + benefits including 10% client pension contribution Start: March 2021 onwards (due to need to obtain security clearance - client happy to wait for candidates to serve appropriate notice period) An exciting opportunity exists for a Project Management / Contract Management professional with knowledge and/or experience of civil engineering design contracts required to work for a key client responsible for the production of the construction drawings for EDF's Hinkley Point 'C' nuclear power station construction project. The role will be based at the client's UK head office in north-west Bristol close to the M4/M5 junction. The Contract Engineer / Project Manager will be responsible for the management of one or multiple civil engineering design contracts. She/he will be ultimately responsible for all aspects of the contract, from ensuring that the technical specifications are adhered to by the contract holder, to ensuring the contracts runs to the planned schedule, cost and quality. Main Activities She/he will carry out the following main activities: Project management Ensure contract specifications are followed by the contract holder(s) Managing the technical surveillance of contract holder's studies Establish surveillance programme(s) and annual surveillance reports Managing the resolution of contractor technical queries Organise and run weekly and monthly progress meetings Contract/commercial management Develop and improve contracts tools Lead contractual discussions and clarifications Prepare, review and analyse Early Warnings and Compensation Events Review and validate monthly payment applications Prepare and deliver reporting Financial Progress Maintain the risk register of the contract(s) Lead a small team of Contract Managers and Assistant Project Managers Liaison with different entities from the client organisation Audits of the contract holder -Quality and Financial Recording and sharing lessons learnt from everyday activities for the benefit of others on the project Implementation of lessons learnt from previous projects and other contracts Qualifications and Experience Candidates should ideally possess an engineering degree or relevant level of experience Project management qualification and/or experience Contract management qualification and/or experience (preferably NEC3 or similar target price contract) Knowledge of and/or experience of civil engineering design contracts in the nuclear sector or other heavily regulated industry (such as oil & gas, rail,…) This is a long-term role (4-5+ years on HPC, plus the opportunity of work on further UK nuclear projects, including Sizewell 'C') offering excellent future career and salary development opportunities. For the right candidate, our client can offer a competitive salary, along with a good benefits package including 10% client pension and private heathcare, combined with the opportunity to work for a highly respected company at the forefront of the UK nuclear new build industry MORSON INTERNATIONAL, part of the Morson Group, are the leading TECHNICAL & ENGINEERING RECRUITMENT COMPANY in the UK specialising in Technical Support to the following industries: Nuclear, Power Generation, Aerospace, Rail, Marine, Petrochemical & Construction
Project Engineer x 2Chester
Job Purpose The purpose of this role is to ensure project requirements or aspects of project requirements are completed on time, within budget and to the required quality standard, whilst building and maintaining strong client relationships. Its remit stretches through supplier selection and evaluation, to direct delivery of engineering/design scope for selected projects. The Project Engineer combines a solid generalist understanding of a wide range of engineering disciplines, enabling the role to deliver integrated design solutions and to oversee engineering at project level of low to moderate complexity. Experience Required Minimum 5 years experience working across full design project lifecycle experience Minimum 3 years Project Engineer experience Minimum 3 years working within of multi-cultural teams Demonstrable success in Project Engineer experience Proven leadership experience and ability to work with minimum supervision Skills Required Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing cost predictability - Desirable Experience of and be skilled in managing ambiguity and deliver plan to meet the project requirements - Essential Experience of managing contractual relationships including the provision of free-issue materials, technology or IP and will be able to demonstrate a proven track record in managing suppliers to deliver within this context - Desirable Demonstrable ability to work within teams of highly performing professionals, accountable for delivery of the project - Essential knowledge of leading project management techniques - Desirable Skilled in implementing the engineering/design strategy and deliver against appropriate objectives with minimal supervision - Essential Proven track record in managing contract delivery, protecting the owner's contractual position at all times and preventing the likelihood of claims - Essential Setting standards for documentation management, knowledge management and administration which ensures suppliers meet their contractual obligations, and Client interests are fully protected throughout the contract lifecycle - Desirable CDM Principal Designer Representative experience (where applicable) - Desirable Qualifications Educated to Degree level in a relevant engineering discipline Professional qualification e.g. (CEng) (EUR ING) (where applicable) Project Management Qualification / Accreditation such as APM, PMI.
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