Information Technology Project Managers

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Also known as:
Business Records Manager, Certified Document Imaging Architect, Cloud Product Director, Corporate Webmaster, Cybersecurity Project Manager, Data Center Product Director, Document Control Manager, Document Management Consultant, ECM Consultant (Enterprise Content Management Consultant), Electronic Content Manager

ABOUT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGER CAREERS
Video transcript

Information technology, or IT, project managers are talented jugglers: they deliver projects on time, on budget, and within scope, while keeping the project team's daily work environment organized and on track. IT project managers plan and manage IT projects at every phase, including defining project goals, determining the systems and technology needed; creating detailed schedules; building a budget; identifying staffing needs; and hiring and managing the project staff. They break the work down into stages, and monitor progress with an eye on deadlines. Cyber security is a major issue that IT project managers must handle. Communication skills are essential in this field, along with attention to detail and management. IT project managers also need the technical skills to understand the capabilities of their organization's technology, its limitations, and how it might best be applied to suit the project's needs. Motivating the team, and keeping organizational leadership informed are also top priorities. Most IT project managers work more than 40 hours per week, in an office environment. Most positions require a related bachelor's degree.

SNAPSHOT
Plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Develop and manage annual budgets for information technology projects.

Coordinate recruitment or selection of project personnel.

Develop implementation plans that include analyses such as cost-benefit or return on investment (ROI).

Perform risk assessments to develop response strategies.

Assess current or future customer needs and priorities by communicating directly with customers, conducting surveys, or other methods.

Assign duties, responsibilities, and spans of authority to project personnel.

Develop and manage work breakdown structure (WBS) of information technology projects.

Identify, review, or select vendors or consultants to meet project needs.

Establish and execute a project communication plan.

Identify need for initial or supplemental project resources.

Negotiate with project stakeholders or suppliers to obtain resources or materials.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
TOP SKILLS
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.