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Programme managers and programme directors: what's the difference?

By Mark Crorkin |

The technology world is an exciting and fascinating one, but it's important to understand the language that goes along with it - from being clear about your role in the company to working under management and directors. In order to succeed in your chosen tech career, you'll need to familiarise yourself with the different career positions available and what they all do.

Programme managers and programme directors are two roles that are often confused. If you can't tell the difference, how do you know which role you're best suited for and which one will land you that all important interview?

Let's talk about programme managers - these people oversee operations. Whatever task they have been given, they will be there to check that it is being completed to the best possible level of competency. To be offered a permanent programme manager position, you will need to have a working technical knowledge, but your primary concern is to monitor and oversee your team of professionals. You will need to ensure that your team is working effectively and efficiently towards achieving the outcomes that your particular organisation requires.

Programme directors are different. Their job pertains more closely to the specific plans and preparations required to fulfil your company's desired result. A director is responsible for researching the set task and planning a strategy that allows the organisation to carry out the task in the most effective way. They then compile their information and develop a detailed plan outlining exactly how to implement the desires of the organisation.

Both positions are important to any technology company and are integral to seeing that operations and tasks are completed smoothly and with minimal stress. Careers in programme directing and programme management are both leadership positions so a definite sense of confidence and compassion is required. The candidate that will secure an interview will exhibit clear leadership skills such as understanding how to use a team member's strengths and how to work collaboratively and harmoniously in order to get the job done. In order words, you have to like people and you have to care about the organisation you're working for.

Knowing the difference between these two roles is essential and now that you do, there's nothing stopping you from pursuing your career in technology, be it in programme management or directing!

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Mark Crorkin

Written by Mark Crorkin

Mark is one of the Senior Client Account Managers at Vine. He's been in the recruitment industry for over 15 years and seen many changes from the early days of recruitment but one thing Mark has seen that remains constant is the need to have a great relationship with both clients and candidates. Mark works with our clients in Amsterdam placing contract Programme Managers and Projects Managers in fast-moving industries. Did you know? Mark can say "Cheers" in 14 languages