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Project Support Officers, Project Managers, Business Analysts.
As a Junior Project Manager, you will help manage every aspect of the project from start to finish, working to a series of pre-determined goals and objectives.
Although specific responsibilities vary from industry to industry, the role of a junior project professional will include the following:
- Executing, monitoring, controlling and closing a project
- Creating and implementing schedules to meet deadlines
- Cost estimation and budget development
- Team structuring and resourcing
- Performing quality assurance
- Managing and mitigating risk
To become a Project Manager you will need to be able to lead a team, so superior management skills, and the ability to motivate and delegate tasks is essential. You will also be able to work well under pressure, always striving to meet the objectives of the client.
Other key skills include:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Excellent time management
- Great organisational skills – scheduling, planning etc
- A strong attention to detail
- Exceptional communication skills
Project SupportWorking with a project manager or as part of a project management office (PMO), this person brings the basic skills of project management discipline to project teams. Typically takes ownership for maintaining project risk, issue, change logs as well as project schedule and sometimes cost tracking. This person has good spreadsheet and planning software skills.
Project managerResponsible for project delivery, this person must drive the project forward to achieve the desired benefits. The job title Project manager is widely used and can mean many different things. Understanding level of ownership, particularly budget, helps clarify the seniority of this role.
Programme managerThis is a senior role with responsibility for achieving strategic benefits through undertaking a set of related projects. The programme manager is likely to lead a team of project managers and will report into senior management.
PMO managerProjects and programmes can start and end, whereas the PMO is a department that forms part of business-as-usual. The PMO manager will not run projects themselves. Their role is typically to ensure consistency in approach to selecting, planning, running and closing projects. The PMO will be the conduit for project status reporting, performance analysis and information for senior management and is likely to have very solid project management experience themselves.
Here at CityGrad we know the importance of investing in young talent. That is why each graduate we place goes through the APM Fundamentals course or Prince 2 Foundation within the first month of offering the candidate. This gives graduates the opportunity to start their career in project management with confidence.
APM Fundamentals Qualification
The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), formerly known as Introductory Certificate (IC), syllabus assesses the key elements of the project management life cycle and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge, including planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.
Prince 2 Foundation Qualification
PRINCE2 (an acronym for Projects IN Controlled Environments) is a de facto process-based method for effective project management. Used extensively by the UK Government, PRINCE2 is also widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. The PRINCE2 method is in the public domain, and offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management.