A Project Officer ensures that projects are delivered successfully, both on time and within budget. They draw together a team to work on the project, providing them with a brief and giving them background information on the project so that they know the desired outcomes. It’s then their task to organise regular meetings with their team to monitor the project, maintain documents, identify problems or risks, manage the schedule and provide ongoing communication to internal stakeholders.
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The exact role of a Project Officer varies by project and employer. Some sports organisations recruit Project Officers to work in Inclusion, Education or the Community, while brands and businesses require them to work on commercial campaigns. The basic nature of the job remains the same, though. A Project Officer needs to build key relationships to recruit a team that delivers a project.
Passes in GCSE English and Maths are usually required. An undergraduate degree is beneficial but not always essential. Industry specific qualifications are also beneficial. The Association of Project Managers offers certifications in PFQ, PMQ, PPQ and PQ, while courses are also available in PRINCE2 and Agile.
Experience of leading and managing projects is advantageous, but not always necessary for a role as a Project Officer. Work experience and internships are important in demonstrating a desire to work in the profession and also affording them an insight into what exactly it entails.