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Business project manager

Business project managers plan and organise people, tasks and resources to complete a project on time and within budget.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £70,000+

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Business project manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You'll be:

  • finding out what the client or business wants to achieve
  • agreeing timescales, costs and resources
  • drawing up a plan for each project stage
  • negotiating with contractors and suppliers
  • choosing and leading a project team
  • constantly monitoring progress, quality and costs
  • reporting regularly to senior managers and the client
  • using specialised software and spreadsheets for planning, costing and analysing risks

University

Getting a degree in any subject can help you get into this type of job, although business or project management may give you an advantage.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

Apprenticeship

You could get into this career through a higher or degree apprenticeship in project management, lasting around 4 years.

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

£22,000 to £70,000+

Starter salary: £22,000 to £30,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £45,000

Your salary will depend on your experience, the industry and the size and type of project. You could get bonuses for meeting deadlines. Freelance contracts are common. Freelance project managers negotiate a daily rate.

These figures are a guide.

38 to 40

You'll spend most of your time in an office, working standard hours from Monday to Friday.

You may also spend time travelling to meetings and visiting contractors and suppliers.

You may need a driving licence.

While you're working, you could study for an industry qualification like PRINCE2 or Agile.

You could also get professional qualifications through:

If you're working in the IT industry, you could get a certificate in project management through The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

With experience, you could move into senior management or become a freelance consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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