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Project Manager

Are you a natural leader with good people skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks? Project managers plan and organise people and resources and make sure construction projects finish on time.  

Project managers have overall responsibility for getting a project started; the planning, design and building, careful monitoring of progress and bringing the whole thing together by writing a final report. Projects can be new buildings or working on existing buildings.

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What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Key Responsibilities

Finding out what the client wants to achieve, agreeing to timescales, costs and resources needed
Drawing up a detailed plan and schedule for each stage of the project, selecting and leading the project team
Negotiating with contractors and suppliers for materials and services
Making sure that each stage is progressing on time, on budget and to the right quality standards
Reporting regularly on progress to senior managers and the client
Managing risks to avoid delays

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Entry Requirements

Experience of organising and managing resources and costs
Foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award in business or project management
Other useful degree subjects include business and management, IT or construction management
It helps to be familiar with the use of PRINCE2 and specialist software such as MS Project or Workbench before you apply for project management work

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills
Logical thinking and creative problem-solving ability
Good communication and organisational skills
Great attention to detail
Understanding of budget control
Ability to work well with others and lead a team
Good business understanding
Technical knowledge of construction
Good IT skills

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Junior project managers: £25,000 - £30,000 a year.
Experienced project managers: £30,000 to £50,000 a year
Freelance project managers negotiate a daily rate for the length of the contract
Case Study

Beth West Commercial Director HS2

Commercial Director

 

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In her role at HS2 Beth is responsible for all contracts that economists use in their business cases and all things construction.

“We need to think hard about how we work, we make the most out of technology but also keep must keep in mind whether we put time and effort into meeting people”. 

Work experience placements are key, the longer the better - 

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