Project manager

Manages projects involving external suppliers and other organizational divisions through other managers and project team members.

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Job title

Project manager


Manages projects involving external suppliers and other organizational divisions through other managers and project team members.


Delivers a result to the defined standard of quality, whilst managing the within cost and time constraints in order to achieve the anticipated benefits.

Average competence level

Level 3

Accountable to

Business manager / head of projects

Responsible for

[Direct reports, if any]

Key staff relationships

Accountable for project specific delivery to project sponsor / programme manager

Matrix management of project specific work-package managers, external suppliers and team members.

Main accountabilities

1.       Manage the project’s deliverables to the time, cost and quality requirements

2.       Manage the expectations and satisfaction of the project’s sponsor and stakeholders

3.       Specify, select, engage, lead, direct and motivate the project team

4.       Create and maintain detailed integrated work plans for the project

5.       Manage the level of risk in the project and implement effective change control

6.       Deliver the management of the project within the organisation’s processes and best practice

7.       Implement control measures and regular reporting and take or recommend corrective actions as necessary

8.       Implement health, safety and environmental management processes

Person specification

Career experience – at least five years as a project manager with relevant industry sector experience

Project experience - whole lifecycle management of approximately million pound project lasting typically at least one year, involving external suppliers and an overall team size of a few tens of people.

Education – graduate level or equivalent

Qualifications – practitioner level in project management (e.g. APMP, PRINCE2, PMP or equivalent)

Skills – drive, commitment, confidence, leadership through engagement and influencing, communication, organising, resilience, problem-solving, flexibility

Programme and project management competence levels

Required average is Level 3 across 13 of the 15 areas.  Minimum levels:

·         Risk management (Level 3)

·         Change control (Level 3)

·         Management planning (Level 3)

·         Monitoring and control (Level 3)

·         Stakeholder Engagement (Level 3)

·         Line management (Level 2)

·         Others (Level 2)


Excluded areas:

·         Organisation and governance

·         Benefits realisation


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