IT Project ManagerJob Description:
IT project managers oversee the development and installation of computer hardware and software systems.Job Category:
What you will do:
You could work in-house for a large organisation, or for a consultancy firm going into different organisations for specific tasks.
This is a broad role and your day-to-day tasks will include:
- finding out what the client needs and minimising risk to the business
- working out and agreeing timescales, budgets and quality
- using project management software to plan and resource stages
- co-ordinating the project team, keeping clients and managers informed of progress
- solving problems as they arise and adjusting plans
- providing documentation and training for users of the new system
- ensuring a smooth changeover from the old IT system to the new one
- confirming satisfaction before signing off and evaluating completed tasks
You’ll most likely need:
- advanced IT skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
As well as:
- excellent organisational and leadership skills
- persistence and determination
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- business management skills
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- the ability to understand complex information and explain it to others
To become an IT Project Manager, you will typically need a combination of education, skills, and experience rather than specific subjects. However, certain subjects and skills can provide a strong foundation for pursuing a career in this field. Here’s a list of helpful subjects and skills:
- Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are essential for project management, especially for budgeting, cost analysis, and resource allocation.
- English: Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are crucial for project managers who need to convey ideas, write project documentation, and communicate effectively with team members and stakeholders.
- Information Technology (IT): A solid understanding of IT concepts, hardware, software, and systems is valuable for managing IT projects. This includes knowledge of computer science, programming, and database management.
- Business Studies: Courses in business studies can introduce you to important concepts related to project management, such as project planning, risk management, and organizational strategy.
- Science: Depending on the nature of IT projects, knowledge of science subjects like physics and chemistry can be useful, particularly in projects that involve scientific or technical applications.
You’ll need a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award in a subject like:
- information systems
- project management
- business management
Experience of managing projects in other industries may help you find work.
You’ll usually need experience of using software and applying project management principles and methods in your work.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually work standard office hours, but may need to work longer to meet deadlines.
Travel to clients could be required. You may need a full driving licence.
Career Path & Progression:
With training and experience, you could become a senior project manager or move into more specialised roles like cyber security.
You could become a freelance consultant.
You could also go into departmental management or operations management.
Another option is to become a teacher, trainer or assessor.