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 Engineer - TechnicalLeiston
We are recruiting for a Project Engineer on a permanent basis at Sizewell B power station. Project Engineers are accountable to the client Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and/or Construction Manager for successful delivery of all aspects of their assigned projects. Project Engineers will support the Project Managers and Construction Manager in managing allocated work from assignment to close out covering all duties related to work delivery as requested by the in order to ensure that the work is conducted in a safe, timely and effective manner to its conclusion. The role will be based at Sizewell Power Station and will require occasional business travel to UK sites/stations Flexible working arrangements between office and home may be possible, however the role will predominantly be based at the Power Station. Qualifications: Chartered Engineer or HND Plus with extensive experience in specific engineering discipline e.g. civil, C&I, electrical etc. * Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) qualification. * Experience of Identifying, implementing, and complying with applicable safety, environmental and quality standards, company procedures and policies and other relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. * Able to prepare and maintain engineering documentation including Quality Plans, plus the production of technical specifications and support the process of contractor selection and contract placement, followed by the technical review of contractors documents and drawings. * Management of technical queries in accordance with process and procedures. * Carry out technical appraisals of project options. Perform feasibility studies, site surveys and liaison with designers and station engineering staff as required. * Prepare Engineering Changes and manage the preparation of supporting and affected documents. * Prepare commissioning documents and act as test team leader where appropriate. * Candidates that hold the APMP formal project management qualification or equivalent and versed in modern project management techniques, are preferred but it is not essential. CTC security vetting will be required.
Project Manager - RailGlasgow
Are you an experienced Project Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you. Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Civils and Groundworks contractor to assist them in their search for a new Project Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in rail and infrastructure projects. As an experienced Project Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Daily management of various civil projects within the portfolio of work Leading successful contract delivery, ensuring the site team are fully appraised of the contract parameters Involvement of projects at all stages from Pre-Qualifying and tendering through to completion Ensuring contracts are executed in accordance with client requirement The successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate: Background in a similar position Previous experience working within groundworks, deep drainage and, cut & fill works Rail projects experience is essential in this role Degree educated (or similar) Full UK Licence as travel to sites will be required Ability to work alone with minimal supervision
CRE Design ManagerGlasgow
Are you an experienced CRE Design Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you. Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Civils and Groundworks contractor to assist them in their search for a new CRE Design Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in Civil and Rail projects As an experienced Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to: Manage the day-to-day activities of all survey works, collate the information gathered and Co-ordination and liaison with Designer framework co-ordinators Facilitate design reviews and progress meetings periodically Design capability to review, check and sign off as Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) for all design submissions (F001-003 process) Raise and close out relevant Technical Queries (TQs) with both Designers/Client Identify any scope change in design/surveys and highlight this to the Operations/Design Manager and commercial/estimating team Assist team members CEM/QS/PM as required with engineering input Responsibility of ensuring designs meet Client remit/requirements prior to issuing to Operations Manager/Design Manager for approval The Succesful applicant for this position will be able to demonstrate: Civil Engineering experience within railway environment (Essential) Previous Design Management experience within collaborative contract (Desirable) Previous CRE experience (Essential) Familiar with the railway standards (Essential) Must be willing to travel throughout Scotland
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