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Project Management

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A Day in the Life

Project Management is the process of managing projects. You're probably thinking, ok, duh, but what does that actually entail?
Project Managers are in charge of overseeing the full life cycle for a project, which involves the planning, managing of the budget, and overseeing of team members. They are there to troubleshoot problems and promote productivity.

Work Responsibilities

  • Understand Technical and Business components of complex implementation projects
  • Break down projects into milestones, deliverables, and activities
  • Facilitate design, functional, budgetary, and delivery sign-offs with clients
  • Deliver quality agreed-upon products within committed timeframes
  • Managed scope and change rigorously
  • Leverage subject matter experts relentlessly to determine the optimal delivery approach

Growth Path

  1. Project Coordinator
  2. Project Manager
  3. Project Management Lead/Director
  4. PMO Director

Skills You'll Need

  • Experience in project scheduling, creating a WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), Scrum management, business case writing, and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of the project life cycle, Kanban, and Agile software
  • Ability to perform lean project management, risk management, financial modeling, forecasting, performance tracking, M&E (monitoring & evaluation), contract management and procurement.
  • Familiarity with SmartSheet, Gantt charts, JIRA, Trello, Confluence, Basecamp, Microsoft Project, and Pivotal Tracker.
  • Ability to ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget and ensure resource availability and allocation
  • ​Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility
  • Strong strategic planning skills and business acumen
  • Domain-specific knowledge
  • Solid understanding of software project management methodology, including the ability to identify and resolve issues, manage risk, develop detailed work plans and specifications, perform resource allocations and run team meetings
  • Experience negotiating, with prioritization and conflict resolution know-how
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate staff/project team, inspire teamwork
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and successfully manage multiple stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of product development life cycles and delivery of solutions with creative and engineering components

Industries You'll Work In

Consumer Products

Teams You'll Work With

Project Management works with cross-functional colleagues, key stakeholders, and clients.


Demand for Talent

  • Projected Growth: MASSIVE
  • Current Demand: FIRE
  • Talent Gap: SIGNIFICANT
  • Project Management-oriented labor force expected to grow by 33% in the next decade
  • Project Managers require an impressive multi-disciplinary skill set that just isn't taught in schools—this has led to the current growing talent gap


Project Coordinator
Project Manager
Project Management Lead/Director
PMO Director

Work/Life Balance Score

Work/life balance is when someone equally prioritizes their career and their personal life. This balance can vary greatly from one career to the next.


Job Stability Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.


Prestige Score

Job stability is about more than your experience and career. As industries decline, so do the jobs in them.

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