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5 things a programme director always looks out for

By David Lawrence |

A programme director is a critical managerial position in any firm. Unlike project managers who oversee the fulfilment and success of a specific (often temporary or short-term) project, programme directors or programme managers are responsible for overseeing a larger web of interdependent projects (also known as a programme). This programme is often steered towards helping a business achieve its objectives for growth. With that in mind, here are five things a programme director is responsible for:

 

1. Strategising

 

With a focus on a business' long-term objectives, programme directors are crucial in devising and/or overseeing a programme management strategy to meet those goals. This means liaising with all departments and creating a project management framework which drives business growth through the implementation of various short-term projects which build on from one another.

 

2. Team recruitment

 

Overseeing larger clusters of projects, programme directors are responsible for staffing the teams and departments working on them, but also ensuring personnel are appointed at a sponsorship level. They must understand what skills and certifications/training are required, how to procure the best resources and also recruit professional advisers to support the project.

 

3. Measuring KPIs and ROI

 

At the helm of the project management framework, programme directors are responsible for overseeing the programme management budget and expenditure. They must also produce progress reports and analyse business or marketing metrics to justify the return on investment (ROI) and the attainment of key performance indicators (KPIs) in line with the business plan.

 

4. Managing risk

 

Programme directors must also understand and take steps to mitigate the risks to individual projects and the overall programme's success. This involves managing financial risk, keeping abreast of (and adhering to) changes in laws and regulations, regularly networking with key stakeholders and contractors, undertaking conflict resolution, and implementing risk assessment techniques and strategies.

 

5. Programme delivery and success

 

Programme directors are above all responsible for the smooth delivery (and the overall success) of the programme. As such, they must have their finger on the pulse of each project, ensuring deadlines, budgets and outcomes are met. On a regular basis, this means engaging with project managers, facilitating collaboration within project teams, obtaining feedback, problem-solving, being accountable for setbacks and failures, and building good relationships with contractors, sponsors and brokers.

 

If you are looking for a new challenge, a programme director role could be the next step in your career in business management. Speak to us at Vine Resources where our expert recruiters can find the perfect opportunity for you.


David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.