Project & Programme Management jobs and careers

As a Project & Programme Manager you will be taking an actionable plan and running the project all the way through to completion and final delivery, ensuring everything runs smoothly, there are no blockers and reducing risk along the way. It’s your job to understand the business needs and ensure that you’re delivering the project to meet the requirements. You are the lynchpin which holds everything together, the go-to person and able to change a sometimes chaotic and reactive work environment into a more structured and efficient one.

Why consider a career as a Project & Programme Manager?

If you are a problem solver and want a varied role where no two days are the same, then a career in project management will be enjoyable and certainly keep you on your toes! In addition to the variety, you will get real satisfaction from having seen a project through from idea to completion. A career in Project Management is perfect for those who are goal oriented.

There is a wide range of businesses that require Project & Programme Managers such as; software houses, digital agencies and marketing agencies, management consultancies, financial and professional services, retail and eCommerce and media and entertainment.

Typical role titles include

Digital Project Executive
Junior Project Manager
Junior Digital Project Manager
Digital Project Coordinator
Digital Project Manager
Senior Digital Project Manager
Digital Producer
Delivery Executive
Delivery Manager
Head of Delivery
Programme Manager
Project Manager
PMO Manager
Senior Project Manager
Head of Projects
Head of Project Management
Client Production Direction
Production Director
Agile Project Manager
Scrum Master
Head of Programmes
Technical Project Manager
Tech Project Manager
IT Project Manager
Implementation Project Manager
Migration Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
Project Director
Digital Project Director
ERP Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
Business Change Project Manager
Agile Project Manager
Cloud Project Manager
Data Project Manager
Product Owner

Career progression example

Junior Digital Project Manager/ Project Coordinator/ Delivery Executive
Digital Project Manager/ Delivery Manager
Senior Digital Project Manager/ Senior Digital Producer
Project Lead/ Delivery Lead
Head of Project Management/Project Director
Programme Manager
Senior Programme Manager
Programme Lead
Head of Programme

Salary and Day Rate Benchmarks

Here, we aim to provide an overall range of day rates and salaries.
There are always factors to consider when assigning a day rate and salary to a role, such as the skill demand, location, complexity, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years’ of experience is not an ideal measure. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointers…

Salaries
At entry level, with the basic skills that are required from a Project Manager, the salary would start at around £20k – £28k. At the mid-level, you can expect salaries around the £35k – £50k. At the more senior level, salaries, typically exceed £50k- £55k. At the Head of/Director level, salaries tend to start at around £70k.

Day Rates
At an entry-level, for a junior/graduate a typical day rate would be around the £300 mark, at the mid-level around the £350 mark and seniors can expect a day rate of £450+ as a benchmark.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

As a Project/ Programme Manager you will naturally find the right balance between building, growing and enhancing internal and external relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, ensuring that the delivery of projects within time, budget and scope. You will be technically minded, have a genuine interest in the digital world both in and out of work, with the ability to work closely with the development team, understanding project limitations, capabilities and potential blockers and then communicating through to non-technical teams in a digestible form.

What qualifications does it take?

Prince2 and Agile are almost always essential. Other project management qualifications which are desirable/sought after include Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Also having used Content Management Systems (CMS), including Umbraco, Sitecore, Kentico, Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Joomla and Django and CRM systems including HubSpot, Salesforce, Oracle, Zoho, NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics. However, it is possible to enter the field of digital project management without any formal qualifications and get certified on the job/ in free time.

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