How to write a Project Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Project Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Project Manager job titles

    Project Manager
    Lead Project Supervisor
    Construction Manager
    Project Manager (Part-Time)
    Product Manager
    Program Manager

Project Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Project Manager job summary

We’re hiring a self-motivated Project Manager with experience delegating to 15 or more junior staff members. The successful candidate will work directly with clients to ensure deliverables fall within the applicable scope and budget. He or she will coordinate with other departments to ensure all aspects of each project are compatible, and will hire new talent as needed to fulfil client needs. We are looking for a creative and dedicated individual who will fit with our collaborative culture. The job requires some overtime hours, especially around end-of-month deadlines. If you enjoy working with other professionals who believe in creating innovative solutions to problems, we encourage you to apply.

Project Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Project Manager responsibilities

    Meet with clients to take detailed ordering briefs and clarify specific requirements of each project
    Delegate project tasks based on junior staff members’ individual strengths, skill sets and experience levels
    Track project performance, specifically to analyse the successful completion of short- and long-term goals
    Meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis
    Develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with clients as well as other staff members
    Use and continually develop leadership skills

Project Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Project Manager skills

    5 years’ experience in project management
    Familiarity with SmartSheet software’s collaboration and time management tools
    Experience with process improvement and inventory control
    PMP Certification
    Advanced time management and analytical skills
    Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
    Excellent client-facing communication skills

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