What Does A Project Manager Do?

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A project manager is in charge of managing, planning, and organising the completion of a specific project or projects for an organisation. They are in charge of an entire project and are ultimately responsible for its success or failure. What does a project manager do?

Job Profile

Project managers are primarily responsible for the coordination and completion of projects on time, within budget, and within scope. They do this within the confines of a company’s goals and vision. 

Role Overview - Project Manager
Role Overview – Project Manager

Project managers can find work in pretty much any industry but the sectors that make use of them the most include:

  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • IT
  • HR and
  • Marketing

Is project management a good job? 

Project management is considered to be a good career and has the potential to lead to high salaries and plenty of variety at work. Plus, according to PMI, the project management-oriented labour force is expected to grow by 33% through 2027.

Responsibilities

Project managers are in charge of determining and defining the scope of a project and its objectives. They then coordinate with team members to make sure that all parties are on track with project requirements, deadlines, and schedules.

They lead project planning sessions, prepare budgets based on the scope of work and resource requirements, and manage project progress by adapting work as required.

Responsibilities Of A Project Manager
Responsibilities Of A Project Manager

These managers manage relationships with clients and shareholders and are responsible for submitting project deliverables on time and ensuring that they meet the required standards.

They prepare status reports by gathering and analysing relevant information and also optimise and improve processes where necessary. They also obtain customer acceptance of project deliverables and measure project performance to identify areas for improvement.

What does a project manager do?

  • Determine and define the scope of a project scope and its objectives
  • Coordinate with team members to make sure that all parties are on track with project requirements, deadlines, and schedules
  • Lead project planning sessions
  • Prepare budgets based on the scope of work and resource requirements
  • Manage project progress by adapting work as required
  • Manage relationships with clients and shareholders
  • Submit project deliverables on time 
  • Ensure project deliverables meet the required standards
  • Prepare status reports by gathering and analysing relevant information
  • Optimise and improve processes where necessary
  • Obtain customer acceptance of project deliverables
  • Measure project performance to identify areas for improvement

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Skills

Project managers have a strong understanding of formal project management methodologies and have a proven ability to solve problems creatively. They have the ability to lead project teams of various sizes and are familiar with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practises.

Skills Of A Project Manager
Skills Of A Project Manager

These managers also have a strong understanding of ERP implementation and a strong sense of commercial and business awareness.

They are creative, analytically sharp and have the ability to develop strong working relationships. They also possess strong communication skills and have the ability to stick to time constraints.

What are the skills of a project manager?

  • Strong understanding of formal project management methodologies
  • Proven ability to solve problems creatively
  • Ability to lead project teams of various sizes
  • Familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practises
  • Strong understanding of ERP implementation
  • Strong sense of commercial and business awareness
  • Exceptionally creative
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to stick to time constraints


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Background

What qualifications do you need to become a project manager? 

To work as a project manager, you’ll need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree. This can be in Business, Computer Science, Management, or any related field.

You should ideally also have a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Other courses can also help benefit your career and boost your chances of being hired. Check out options for these down below:

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Salary

The salary of a project manager depends primarily on what industry they’re working in. A junior project manager can earn up to $57,000 whereas a senior manager can earn up to $138,000 per year. The average salary of a project manager is $89,000 per year.

In Germany, the salary range is €48,000-€95,000 whereas in the UK, the range is £29,000- £73,000. 

How much do project managers earn?

Junior $57,000
Average $89,000
Senior $138,000

Salary range of project managers: 

US $57,000-$138,000
Germany €48,000-€95,000
UK £29,000-£73,000

How much do freelance project managers earn?

Average Hourly Rate Amongst Freelance Project Managers
Average Hourly Rate Amongst Freelance Project Managers

According to the freelancermap index for January 2022, the average hourly rate for freelance project managers is $102. Considering an 8 hour workday, project managers can earn around $816 per day.

Natalia Campana

Natalia is part of the international team at freelancermap. She loves the digital world, social media and meeting different cultures. Before she moved to Germany and joined the freelancermap team she worked in the US, UK and her home country Spain. Now she focuses on helping freelancers and IT professionals to find jobs and clients worldwide at www.freelancermap.com

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