Business project manager

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Commercial project lead, project manager

Business project managers plan and organise people, tasks and resources to complete a project on time and within budget.

Salary Range: £22,000 to £70,000

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You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate traineeship
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Getting a degree in any subject can help you get into this type of job, although business or project management may give you an advantage.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could get into this career through a higher or degree apprenticeship in project management, lasting around 4 years.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you’ll need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You may be able to work your way up if you’ve got several years’ experience in a project support or administration role.

Other routes

You could get into this career through a graduate traineeship, where you’ll usually start off as a junior project manager.

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Further information

You can find more details about careers, courses and apprenticeships in project management from:

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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Day-to-day tasks

You’ll be:

  • finding out what the client or business wants to achieve
  • agreeing timescales, costs and resources
  • drawing up a plan for each project stage
  • negotiating with contractors and suppliers
  • choosing and leading a project team
  • constantly monitoring progress, quality and costs
  • reporting regularly to senior managers and the client
  • using specialised software and spreadsheets for planning, costing and analysing risks

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client’s business.

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While you’re working, you could study for an industry qualification like PRINCE2 or Agile.

You could also get professional qualifications through:

If you’re working in the IT industry, you could get a certificate in project management through The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

With experience, you could move into senior management or become a freelance consultant.