Businesses and other large organisations engage in projects to meet company goals, improve processes or reduce expenditure. A project director receives proposals for projects and makes the final decisions on which projects will be pursued. They then oversee the running of the project, ensuring that project managers and the teams involved meet the goals set. The project director also oversees the budget for the project and is responsible for ensuring that the work is completed on time.
The exact nature of the project work depends on the industry or area of business. Most project directors will, at one point or another, become involved in the following; Agreeing project objectives with senior management, providing advice on how to manage the project, organising and motivating the project team, recruiting specialist sub-contractors when necessary and accounting, costing and billing. Project directors can be found throughout most industries, but are most commonly found in construction, software, retailing, engineering and manufacturing industries.
Project directors must have budgeting, leadership and communications skills. A project director is skilled in project management and must have a significant level of experience in their area of work. Supervisory skills are necessary to direct the activities of others. Important skills include:
- Excellent communication skills
- Good leadership skills
- Managerial experience
- Strong analytical skills
- Strategic planning