If you enjoy organizing schemes, resources and people, a role as a project manager may suit you...
As a project manager it is your responsibility to deliver projects on time and in budget, by planning and organizing resources and people.
You'll need to track work to be completed, set deadlines and delegate tasks to the project team, identifying any potential risks.
Ultimately, you are responsible for completing the project work in line with the plan and will provide regular reports on progress to senior managers or directors.
Project managers are accountable for delivering outcomes, so you'll have high levels of responsibility to ensure that you and your team are on track.
A standard process for managing projects, is defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI) UK .
Initiating - checking feasibility and working out budgets, teams and resources;
Planning - setting goals, defining roles and producing schedules of tasks.
Executing - managing the project;
Monitoring and controlling - tracking the project's progress;
Closing - evaluating successes and challenges to enhance learning for your next project.
As a project manager, you'll need to:
set objectives in line with the Network's needs, which may include scope, content, timings and budget;
plan work and set deadlines to meet the agreed needs;
select, lead and motivate your project team from both internal and external stakeholder organizations;
monitor the work to make sure it is on time and within budget;
co-ordinate the work of your project team and delegate tasks where appropriate;
identify and manage risks to ensure delivery is on time;
implement any changes throughout the process;
report regularly to the Network trustees or directors.
In this voluntary position, you can work any hours you wish, the minimum expectation is 6 hours each week.
A project manager can come from any background but should have excellent organization skills to plan the use of people and resources to meet deadlines;
strong interpersonal skills to motivate and lead your team;
the ability to monitor and control budgets;
good communication and negotiation skills to manage expectations;
the ability to use your initiative and make decisions under pressure.
Technical knowledge related to the project may also be required but is not generally essential.
This description is partly adapted from the PM description written by Helen Hayes
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