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Project managers coordinate budgets and timelines, communicate with customers, and delegate tasks to engineers and warehouse employees to make sure a project is done on time.

If you’re a resourceful leader and motivator who can push through any challenge to get the job done, you’ll make a fantastic project manager. Your job will put you in charge of lots of people, making big decisions and overseeing entire projects from start to finish. It’s a rewarding position with lots of responsibility.

Project managers are involved in a project from the first step, which is client consultation. You’ll make sure the customer’s voice is heard when the engineers and designers are crafting ideas and prototypes, and you’ll keep everyone on schedule and on budget. If there are conflicts, you’ll work them out and you’ll know each employees strengths and weaknesses so you can delegate tasks efficiently. Your job will involve reading and writing progress reports and making changes when necessary to any of the buying, production, or sales processes. You’ll find the best ways to balance high-quality systems and products with budgeting and time management.

Project managers need previous experience, usually within a company, in order to be considered for the job. A Bachelor’s degree is also required and additional training or certification are two ways to stand out to potential employers.

Also Known As:

Energy Project Manager, Electrical Project Manager, Lean Manager

Project Manager

Critical Skills

Required

  • Creating and Modifying Budgets
  • Creating and Sticking to Deadlines
  • Management
  • Negotiation

Preferred

  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management

Key Responsibilities

  • Confer and negotiate with customers to determine product details, budget, and deadlines
  • Coordinate design, production, and marketing teams
  • Delegate project tasks
  • Gather and assess information for status reports
  • Arrange for material purchases
  • Ensure compliance with safety and environmental standards

Interests

  • Directing People
  • Finances
  • Projects Management
  • Working with Diverse Employees

How to get this job

Operations effectiveness training, communication skills, computer training, and leadership training a plus.

Next Steps for this job

Get PMP Certification or Lean Certification. Leadership skills and professional business writing courses are helpful. Experience with small projects a plus.



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