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Program Manager

Manage a portfolio of interrelated projects at an organisation under the one program of work.

What's it like to be a Program Manager?

Program Managers supervise and organise activities to ensure that project goals align with the company's objectives and to make sure those projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the required quality standards.

Program Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Managing the day-to-day progress of the program throughout its life cycle.
  • Defining the methodology to manage the program.
  • Planning the overall program and monitoring progress to make sure that milestones are being met across the various projects.
  • Managing the program budget.
  • Managing the risks and issues that arise over the program life cycle, as well as devising mitigation responses.
  • Coordinating the projects within the program and managing their interdependencies.
  • Managing the resources across the various projects in the program.
  • Managing stakeholders of the program.
  • Providing status reports to program sponsors and stakeholders.
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A Program Manager is responsible for coordinating the project teams and managing the dependencies between projects to achieve overall delivery of the program.

What can I earn as a Program Manager?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Program Manager is between $100k and $120k

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How to become a Program Manager


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Program Managers typically have a solid educational background with wide and varied leadership experience in project management and a proven track record of successful team building.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in business management or economics or in the industry you plan to enter, such as engineering or computer science.
  2. Pursue a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or similar post-graduate qualification.
  3. Obtain a project management certification from a professional body such as the Project Management Professional.
  4. Gain extensive work experience in project management across a range of businesses or work your way up through a company.

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Bachelor of Project Management

This degree gives you the skills and knowledge in project management that will prepare you for a career in the industry.
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How do Program Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 2 Program Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.5
Career progression opportunities
2.5
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
4.0
Variety of work
4.0

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Nov 2018
Being a Sustainability Program Manager can be challenging but the outcomes delivered back to industry make it very satisfying.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
agriculture
The good things
It is a diversified position that allows for many opportunities to work across many different topic areas, in my industry this includes biosecurity, health, animal welfare, human nutrition and food sa...
The challenges
Managing a large program of work with many moving parts, it can be challenging to keep everything rolling forward - it requires a high degree of organisation. Working for a nationally focused organisa...
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Nov 2018
A lot of work, but very rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Teaching
The good things
I love being able to plan sessions, write the resources and assessments for students to use. I can make the program my own, with approval of course. I have a great range of autonomy in being a Progra...
The challenges
As a Program Manager, you have a responsibility for all aspects of the Program you are running. So the workload can seem quite a lot at times.
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What are the job opportunities for Program Managers?

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