- Manage the delivery of IT projects like the implementation of new systems or software
- You'll need excellent organisational and leadership skills, and advanced IT skills
- With training and experience, option to go into departmental management or operations management
As an IT project manager, you'll be responsible for overseeing and managing client needs with the team that you lead, using problem solving ability and IT knowledge.
- 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 could work in an office or at a client's business.
For this role, you'll need leadership skills, persistence and determination, initiative, excellent verbal communication skills, thoroughness and attention to detail, business management skills, the ability to organise your time and workload, flexibility and openness to change, as well as a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.
To become an IT project manager, you can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in computing, information systems, project management, or business management.
You could also do a project manager higher or degree apprenticeship. You can also do a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship and move into the role after getting project management experience.
You might be able to start as an assistant project manager if you've got experience of working in IT, completing further training on the job.
If you're working in IT, you could take qualifications offered by the Association for Project Management to help your career progress.
With training and experience, you could become a senior project manager or move into more specialised roles like cyber security. You could also go into departmental management or operations management. You could become a teacher, trainer, assessor or freelance consultant.