How to write a Senior 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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Senior Project Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize 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 specialized, consider including the specialization 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 Senior Project Manager job titles

    Senior Project Manager
    Project Manager
    Senior Project Manager (PMP Certified)
    Lead Project Manager

Senior 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 Senior Project Manager job summary

Our software development company is hiring a Senior Project Manager to oversee the conception, implementation and analysis of internal projects. The successful candidate will have a background in both business and IT and will have an extensive understanding of the software development industry. We’re looking for a responsible, articulate and motivated Senior Project Manager who can quickly identify vulnerabilities and obstacles, and then create innovative solutions to any problems. You will be responsible for overseeing the work of 10 project managers and communicating their progress to senior management at regular intervals. We’re offering generous compensation as well as paid time off, sick leave and other perks.

Senior 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 organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Senior Project Manager responsibilities

    Lead assigned projects to completion
    Provide project managers with feedback, encouragement and advice
    Troubleshoot problems that come up during projects
    Develop individual project plans complete with budgetary information and resource needs
    Communicate with our IT department about resource allocation
    Host a project meeting at least once per week for each project under your direction
    Refine project budget as needed to ensure timeliness and fiscal responsibility
    Coordinate with vendors and suppliers as needed
    Communicate project objectives to all team members involved

Senior 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 Senior Project Manager skills

    Bachelor’s degree in computer- or business-related discipline required (Master’s degree preferred)
    10+ years’ experience in software development or design
    6+ years’ experience in a supervisory capacity
    Ability to complete projects on time and within the stated budget
    Excellent communication, organization, time-management and leadership skills

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