The project manager is the specialist responsible for the successful implementation of the project:
- in the time specified by the customer;
- with the required quality;
- with a fixed budget and limited human resources;
- with the necessary requirements from the customer.
As a result, the main result of the work of this manager is customer satisfaction.
The position of the project manager imposes high responsibility on the specialist, since it is he who controls all the processes of the project and the final result of the work depends on it. Career path of the project manager always leads to the top management and towards the projects of a larger budget.
Responsibilities of the project manager
A common set of tasks:
- project management (quality control, deadlines, budgets and risks);
- communication with the customer (coordination of plans, deadlines, requirements, budgets);
- project team management;
- project and technical documentation maintenance:
- technical tasks;
- functional requirements;
- financial reports;
- and so on.
- participation in the sales process and conclusion of contracts (including participation in tenders);
- post-project management of customers and additional sales.
Sometimes the functions of a project manager include the tasks of a sales manager: active search for clients, preparation of commercial proposals, negotiations, conclusion of contracts, etc.
Requirements for the project manager
The requirements are as follows:
- Higher education (preferably according to the profile of the company);
- Experience from 1 year (serious positions require more than 3 years);
- Good knowledge of the field of activity and its market;
- The ability to make documentation (technical and design);
- Leadership experience (within project teams);
- Excellent communication skills.
Sometimes among the requirements for project managers can be found:
- knowledge of MS Project;
- spoken and written English;
- understanding of project management principles (for example, PMI)
- willingness to travel.