An assistant project manager performs different functions assigned by the project manager. These tasks may involve sorting out various projects for a small or large business, conducting research, procuring project material, assisting team members during project development, recording minutes during meetings, scheduling and updating project data. The assistant project manager also ensures customized software solutions are sent to consumers in time.
An assistant project manager works closely with the project manager. He/she aids in creating and implementing project work plans, revising plans details based on client needs and project requirements. The assistant project manager sometimes delegates specific task for employees, helps identify the needed resources, and manage daily operations during the absence of the real manager. Other tasks of an assistant project manager include reviewing reports prepared by staff before passing to the client, implementing company methodologies and project principles, overseeing quality assurance procedures, preparing project reviews and documenting project details. The assistant project manager also implements safety procedures and budget planning to reduce risks and revenue losses.
Education and Training Requirements
To become an assistant project manager, one must possess a bachelor’s degree in any science related field. He/she should have at least 1-year work experience in the particular industry of the company and possess advanced knowledge in using office software like Microsoft work, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft excel and Outlook. Having a master’s degree in not necessary, but considered an asset.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
Effective assistant project managers should have excellent management and administrative skills. They should also be capable of having initiative when needed, promote teamwork with team members, and meet deadlines. Assistant project managers must have the ability to demonstrate leadership. Other essential skills of an assistant project manager include time management, organizational skills, multi-tasking, negotiation and the ability to work independently or as part of a team.
An assistant project manager works in a fast-paced office setting that involves constant interaction among clients, associates and executives. He/she works from nine to five, Monday to Friday, but may be expected to work on holidays and weekends. Travel requirements may depend largely on the size of company and industry.
An assistant project manager may receive an average pay of $60,000. However, this salary amount may vary largely due to benefits, company size, experience, industry and location. For example, administrative assistants receive a pay amounting to only $30,000 per year.