Roles and tasks of the project manager

The roles and responsibilities of a Project Manager are varied and complex. As a Project Manager, you need to be able to bring complex, interconnected projects to a successful conclusion by implementing efficient, innovative processes. You will be responsible for coordinating the various departments and stakeholders involved in the project and for managing deadlines and budgets. You must also be able to communicate and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Here is a list of the main roles and tasks of a project manager:

  • Setting objectives and strategies to achieve project goals;
  • Define and supervise project budgets and schedules;
  • Develop communication and change management procedures;
  • Develop training and skills development plans;
  • Gathering and analysing the data and information required for decision-making;
  • Monitor project developments and results;
  • Identify and manage project risks;
  • Evaluating project performance and results;
  • Promote the use of ethical and fair processes to achieve objectives;
  • Participate in meetings and conferences to discuss and present project progress and results;
  • Support and monitor the various stakeholders and departments involved;
  • Produce reports and summary documents for the relevant authorities.

A project manager must be able to adapt to the specific changes and constraints of a project. They must be proactive and have a sense of responsibility in order to bring all aspects of a project to a successful conclusion. Finally, a project manager must have a good knowledge of project planning and management processes.

Salary and career development for project managers

The salary of a project manager varies greatly depending on the context and type of assignment, but is generally very attractive. In France, the average gross annual salary of a project manager has risen sharply over the last 10 years, and depending on experience, can range as follows:

  • 0 to 2 years: between €25 and €33,000
  • 2 to 5 years: between €33,000 and €37,000
  • 5 to 10 years: between €37,000 and €45,000
  • 10 to 15 years: between €45 and €55,000
  • More than 15 years: between €55,000 and €70,000

After a few years' experience, a project manager can move into a number of different professions. These careers are varied and promising, and may include :

  • Project director
  • Communications manager
  • senior consultant
  • Innovation consultant
  • Director of information systems and digital transformation.

Advantages and disadvantages of being a project manager


Opportunity to work in a variety of fields.

Work both independently and as part of a team.

Varied career opportunities.

A variety of salaries and benefits.

Opportunities to work remotely and online.


Requires a high level of personal and professional commitment.

High level of responsibility and constant pressure to achieve objectives.

Major challenges and constant pressure to deliver high-quality results.

Little time to develop and keep up to date with technology and market trends.

Demanding work requiring long hours and a fast pace.

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