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Business project manager

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

Annual Salary

£28,000 to £75,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm; attending events or appointments

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Business project manager jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

You may:

  • find out what the client or business wants to achieve
  • agree timescales, costs and resources
  • draw up a plan for each project stage
  • negotiate with contractors and suppliers
  • choose and lead a project team
  • constantly monitor progress, quality and costs
  • report regularly to senior managers and the client
  • use specialised software and spreadsheets to plan, cost and analyse risks

Working environment

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

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme
University

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.

You can take postgraduate qualifications in project management to increase your understanding, though they are not essential for getting into the role.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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

You could train specifically to help businesses create environmentally friendly policies and practices through a sustainability business specialist degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually 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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Work

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

In a sector like engineering, you may be able to apply for jobs if you have in depth knowledge of the industry gained through several years experience.

Other routes

You could get into this career through a graduate training scheme, 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:Association for Project Management; Project Management Institute; Chartered Management Institute

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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:Association for Project Management (APM); Chartered Management Institute (CMI); Project Management Institute (PMI)

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

For multi-sector project management in engineering and manufacturing, you could do a Project controls professional higher apprenticeship.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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