Project Manager Jobs
Project managers oversee a given task to make sure it gets done right. They have overall responsibility for keeping a job on schedule, and within budget, but equally need to make sure the job is completed to a high standard, and that every team member completes their tasks correctly. Resource allocation is also a key component of the project manager role, trying to get as much as possible out of as little as possible: making sure all team members have the necessary materials and other resources, but equally making sure as little as possible goes to waste.
Project manager roles are as varied as the projects they manage. In all likelihood you will be managing a relatively small team of engineers, scientists, or both on a technical development for your employer. This means meetings to agree objectives and tasks, and to update on progress. Risk assessment, and overseeing accounts and billing will also likely be key part of your role, and you may even be responsible for recruitment of specialist staff to ensure the completion of your project.
Most of all your role will be to keep your team on track, as well as representing and communicating your client’s interests. With aviation project management, this will probably also be a client facing role. Unless you’re working on an internal project directly for your employer, it’s likely that you will be managing a contracted project. An aerospace company such as BAE systems or Thales will employ many project managers to ensure the smooth running of a their clients projects. In this case, you would need to provide this client with schedules and costs, and report on your progress for the duration. If there are any problems or delays, that is your responsibility too, so it’s crucial you are confident communicating with board level executives.
As you will be managing technical projects, the vast majority of project managers have technical degrees. An engineering degree or an engineering background of some kind are usually prerequisites, and there are a range of professional qualifications available (such as Association of Project Managers (APM) certification) which show commitment and ability and will usually favourably considered.
Project managers have considerable responsibility, and also require considerable ability. Experience is highly valued as a result, and you will likely earn a very respectable salary to go with your highly qualified position. Again, salaries are as varied as the roles themselves, but as a project manager you will likely earn at least £40,000 ($63,000) and can earn £100,000 ($155,000) or more for a highly qualified position with lots of responsibility.