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Business project manager

Alternative titles for this job include Commercial project lead, project manager

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm attending events or appointments

How to become a business project manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate traineeship


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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You could get into this career through a higher or degree 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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You may be able to work your way up if you've got several years' experience in a project support or administration role.

Other Routes

You could get into this career through a graduate traineeship, 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:

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you'll do

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.

Career path and progression

While you're working, you could study for an industry qualification like PRINCE2 or Agile.

You could also get professional qualifications through:

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

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

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Project Manager Apprentice

  • Wage: £19,000.00 Annually
  • Location: York

Project Management Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £13,275.00 Annually
  • Location:

Courses In England

Project Management - Degree Apprenticeship

  • Start date: 07 September 2021
  • Location: Blackpool

Association for Project Manager Project Management L4

  • Start date: 28 June 2021
  • Location: Filton

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