Business Project Manager
Business project managers plan and run business projects, including managing budgets, staff, contractors and services.
What does a Business Project Manager do?
Business project managers plan and run business projects, including managing budgets, staff, contractors and services. Business project managers are commonly called project managers.
As a business project manager, you would:
- meet with clients or customers to discuss requirements
- map out the project into stages, assessing the timelines and implications for each stage
- use project management software to help with risk analysis, scheduling and costing
- monitor the project team and progress made at each stage
- control the budget and costs of each stage of the project
- have flexibility built into the project to deal with issues that arise
- update clients and managers on project progress
- review the finished project and receive feedback.
Key skills and interests
To become a business project manager, you would need:
- excellent organisational and leadership skills
- analytical and problem-solving skills
- a logical and methodical way of working
- to be able to clearly explain complex solutions in non-technical language
- teamwork skills
- good communication skills
- up-to-date knowledge of project management methodologies such as PRINCE2 or AGILE.
Working hours and conditions
As a business project manager you would work a standard number of hours per week, with overtime to meet deadlines or solve project issues.
Business project managers work inside their own organisations, or for companies that provide outsourced project management services to a range of clients. You would be based in an office, and if you work for a services firm, you may work on site in your client's office. You may need to travel locally or interstate on projects, and may need to stay away from home for periods of time during project roll-outs.
How to become an Business Project Manager?
Entry Level Education
To become a business project manager you would usually need to complete a bachelor's degree in business, or in an area such as engineering, with subjects in project management. Entry into degree courses usually requires a senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths and computing would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Before moving into a project management role you would usually need several years of experience in a role within a project team, in your chosen industry. A post-graduate qualification in project management may increase your chances of a role in this occupation.
Employment of business project managers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Project managers work in a wide range of industries, and there should therefore always be a range of opportunities available for qualified project managers. Project managers often work in larger, rather than small, organisations or client organisations.