Many military officers transition into civilian careers as project managers as the nature and scope of responsibilities are very similar. A project manager is typically responsible for the planning, procurement and execution of a project and is usually the initial point of contact for the ultimate success of the project as well as any discrepancies or issues. A military officer, like a project manager, will have experience managing a team and will be able to best deploy the expertise of each person on their team as well as direct their essential roles and overall chemistry.
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The project manager is the primary point of contact for an entire project/process from start to finish. The candidate will be expected to act as a liaison between their team and assigned clients or internal departments. They ensure the work is done on time, within budget and in conformance with customer and/or company requirements.
Skills you will bring to the job/typical duties:
- Assure availability of and allocate resources
- Identify opportunity through product/process analysis
- Create, maintain and meet established project schedules
- Ensure cross-functional commitments and resolve escalations
- Coordinate and work with manufacturers, vendors and contractors
- Define, communicate, manage and document scope of each project
- Coordinate and manage the development of costing and subcontracts
- Analyze and oversee contractual/legal obligations to customers/vendors/regulatory agencies
- Negotiate, define, communicate, implement and monitor quality standards on all project deliverables
- Lead multifunctioned teams including (but not limited to): engineering, sales, marketing, purchasing, quality assurance and vendors
- Build positive relations with and provide support for clients and/or internal departments and associates
Salary, Benefits and Shift
(*may vary by city and experience level):
Most project manager roles have a salary in the $70k-$110k range annually. This figure includes company benefits; may include performance bonuses. Applicant should be open to working outside of office hours, traveling and potential relocation.
Typically reports to: General; Regional Manager; VP of Operations; Chief Operations Officer
Similar job titles: Project Coordinator; Project Engineer; Project Supervisor
Recent Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marine Corps placements for this position have included:
- Corps of Engineers
- Civil Engineering
- Chemical Corps
- Nuclear Officer
- Surface Warfare Officer
- Aviation Officer