Project Manager Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa

Project managers manage delivery of projects from beginning to end, usually improving or adding to the business. They manage the strategic, financial, operational and technological aspects of projects.

Project managers may do some or all of the following:

  • define project deliverables
  • manage the project delivery timeline
  • manage communication with stakeholders and project team members
  • forecast and manage the budget and resources
  • produce and update all project documentation
  • meet project goals on time and to the required standard
  • manage the project team to ensure group and individual performance is met
  • ensure suppliers deliver the products and services requested to agreed specifications
  • hire staff to work on projects.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for project managers includes:

  • work in a project team
  • work in an area of specialisation, such as ICT
  • business and management experience.

Personal Qualities

Project managers need to be:

  • organised
  • assertive and able to have hard conversations
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to lead others
  • excellent at communicating and negotiating
  • skilled in writing and presentation
  • innovative, but also able to make practical decisions
  • able to relate well to a wide range of people
  • motivated
  • able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for project managers includes:

  • work in a project team
  • work in an area of specialisation, such as ICT
  • business and management experience.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter tertiary study. Useful subjects include English, maths and technology.

Project Managers can earn around $55K-$135K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Project Manager are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Project managers usually progress from smaller projects to work on bigger or more complex projects, higher risk profile projects, and projects with higher level stakeholders. Project managers working for large organisations may progress to senior project management roles. They may also work as self-employed contractors.

Project managers can specialise in:

  • architecture
  • construction
  • engineering
  • forestry
  • information and communication technology
  • property.
Project Manager

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