Weird Project Management Job Advertisements

When I was thinking about all the weird project management job titles that exist, it got me thinking about all the weird job advertisements that most be out there too. Sure enough, one short Tube journey last week and I managed to find a few.

The problem with weird project management job advertisements is twofold. The organisation who is trying to recruit for the role are going to struggle to find the right person and the person looking for a new project related job is unlikely to either find the job being advertised in the first place or just overlook it because it doesn’t appear right for them.

So job boards are filling up with weird and wonderful advertisements that are being ignored because the headline job title and the corresponding job advertisement just don’t seem to go together.

Here’s a few examples to highlight what I mean:

Assistant Project Manager – Really?

The main title for the role being advertised is “Assistant Project Manager”

Here’s the full advertisement:

We are currently recruiting for a Project Manager to join our well established team in our centrally located Swindon office.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Perform productively across a range of assignments, tasks and projects;
  • Deliver projects to client’s satisfaction at the appropriate standard;
  • Perform the role of client’s project manager;
  • Manage own assignment;
  • Ensure projects are resourced effectively and efficiently;
  • Plan, programme, monitor and control projects effectively;
  • Achieve commercial, financial, quality and programme targets;
  • Undertake marketing and seek prospects, give presentations;
  • Maintain client care;
  • Prepare tender proposals;
  • Responsible for project team;
  • Responsible for all project team staff where performing the role of client’s project manager;
  • Ensure quality standards & procedures are maintained;
  • Take instruction from client where acting as client’s project manager.

Minimum Requirements

    • Significant related experience;
    • Experience in managing teams, whether internal or client teams;
    • Proven project manager;
    • Experience of negotiating commercial, financial and contractual arrangements;
    • Experience of change management at project level;
  • Experience in alliancing, partnering and D&B projects preferred

Preferred Qualifications

    • Degree qualification (or equivalent) essential, engineering or other relevant subject preferred;
    • Chartered Engineer status desirable;
    • Project Management Qualification (either academic, professional or both) desirable;
  • Experience in project planning using Primavera, MS Project or similar preferred

What’s wrong with it?

An Assistant Project Manager is known as a junior or lesser experienced project manager. They normally work alongside a more experienced project manager whilst they learn more on the job. As you can see from this advert what they really want is a Project Manager.

How many Project Managers would have skipped over that ad on a job board where you can only see the job title? And how many real assistant Project Managers have applied for it and been knocked back?

Here’s another:

Accenture You Can Do Better Than This

The main title for the role being advertised is “Project Management Specialist”

Here’s the full advertisement, good luck with getting through all the Accenture gobbledygook:

Job Title: Project Management Specialist

Level: 9 – Specialist

Location: London

Salary – Up to £45,000 plus excellent benefits package

Reference: 00340972 – Project Management Specialist

Accenture Operations Infrastructure Services, Infrastructure Shared Services, Infrastructure Services for Accenture (ISA)

UKI TS: Local

The UKI Technology Services : Local (UKI TS: Local) organisation is focused on the deployment and support of technology solutions for Accenture personnel across the UK and Ireland (UKI) geographical unit (GU).

This project role is part of the UKI TS: Local Projects Team who are tasked to; define, manage and deliver robust and commercially viable projects (of a technical nature) to meet customer, stakeholder (sponsor) and Accenture requirements.

Main activities/tasks:
The delivery of projects as part of the UKI Technology Services : Local Change Programme on time, within budget and in accordance with Accenture’s project management methodology – Accenture Delivery Methods (ADM).

Use / share knowledge and previous experience as required to ensure project delivery in line with expectation.

Manage and track a project through its full life cycle, by:
1. Defining detailed project scope,

2. Monitoring and tracking project activities (e.g. establish and maintain a project plan, identify and track project risks, provide effective status reporting),

3. Managing and tracking financial resources (e.g. monitor project spend against budgets),

4. Managing and tracking people resources (e.g. identify and flag resource requirements or constraints),

5. Managing communications, and,

6. Closure and review of projects post delivery.

Maintain a high level of flexibility in managing work load to ensure a variety of tasks, possibly across different projects or opportunities, are completed on time.

Ensure all deliverables are of a high quality and delivered on time and to the agreed standard.

Ensure clear and appropriate communication is maintained throughout the project life cycle. All communication should be clear, concise and logical – regardless of the communication vehicle. Communication may be needed to change positioning or to convince others / secure co-operation or ‘buy-in’.

Where appropriate constructively challenging existing approaches, looking for opportunities to provide improvements that will lead to more effective and efficient ways of working not only in the delivery of projects but all aspects of work.

Respond quickly to challenges and issues by identifying and documenting them. This includes ensuring resolution by using all appropriate available resources and by initiating timely actions.

Facilitate the smooth transition of ongoing responsibility to the appropriate operational groups or teams.


Internal Relationships


Reports to

: UKI TS : Local – Projects Team Lead (Level 8)

Key internal relationships:
UKI TS : Local Management Team

UKI TS : Local Service Management team

UKI TS : Local Financial Management team

Other UKI TS : Local operational teams (supporting both GS and GDN customers)

UKI Accenture Workplace Solutions

GSO Engineering & Deployment (E&D)

GSO Network Operations Centre (NOC)

External Relationships

: Third party suppliers (such as; Colt, NSC Global, Vodafone)

as required

Degree level education is preferable, but not essential. Relevant experience and demonstrated performance is the primary qualification required for this role.

Work Experience


Blue-chip company experience.

Extensive project management experience

Experience in an IT Operations or project environment.

Experience managing, supervising or delivering through a group of people or others.

Experience of working with suppliers (internal and external).

Extensive experience of working in an SLA driven environment.

A detailed understanding of, and accreditation in, industry and Accenture methodologies, for example, Prince2 and Accenture Delivery Methods (ADM) is required.

Some understanding of a commoditised approach to service offering would be highly beneficial.

Skills and Knowledge Requirements:
Professional Skills:
A firm, practical grounding in project management principles and an accreditation in PRINCE2 or similar.

Strong business and financial acumen.

An understanding of Accenture and commitment to its core values.

Communication skills of a very high standard with the ability to interact and command the respect of individuals at all levels within Accenture.

An interest in technology and technological innovations.

The ability to work autonomously on own initiative either independently or as part of a team.

A strong customer focus and polished customer management skills (with experience of working with customers and stakeholders in high pressure environments).

A quick thinker with a ‘can do’ attitude and an aptitude for creativity / the ability to adapt as required.

Confident, determined and assured demeanour, especially in high pressure or critical situations.

Documentation and written skills of a very high standard.

Very strong organisation skills.

Very strong attention to detail.

Proven high-performer, consistently delivering on commitments.

Ability to make balanced, considered decisions.

Ability to deliver through others as required in a matrix management fashion.

Strong team player.

Other features of the job (e.g. travelling, working conditions, shift hours etc.)

Standard work hours of 09:00 to 17:30 typically apply. However, a flexible working attitude is certainly required, essentially at critical times in the project delivery lifecycle.

While Accenture office based and eligible for Homeworking a level of travel and working from other customer or client locations may be required infrequently and from time to time.

Please also note that Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Closing date for applications 30th November 2015

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found


Program, Project & Service Mgmt

Primary Location

United Kingdom-London


Client & Market

Job Level


What’s wrong with it?

Apart from the internal HR department speak; the length of it and the fact that it seems to have forgotten it’s supposed to be an advertisement (Wiki – form of marketing communication used to encourage, persuade, or manipulate an audience to take or continue to take some action i.e., not fall asleep). Apart from it being from a leading company that really should have a better angle on this recruitment business and how to attract people.

Apart from all that, the “Project Management Specialist” is in fact a Project Manager. So why not just say that?

Here’s another one, aimed at the more supporting roles in project management like the Co-ordinators yet after reading this one, I’m not sure who they’re trying to attract:

If its Project Support Why Choose Programme?

The main title for the role being advertised is “Programme Co-ordinator”

Pinnacle Alliance are a property investments company with a global reputation for dependable investments, progressive thinking and unrivalled support.As innovators and trend setters in the way we work, our developments are fantastic places to live, providing great returns on investment for buyers worldwide.We offer a commitment to the reliable financial investments of today, plus a vision to provide the innovative, future-proof developments of tomorrow.
Pinnacle Alliance can offer the right candidate a fantastic opportunity to develop and grow within the company. We invest in all our employees by training them to the highest standard so if you are self-motivated,driven and want to work in a fast paced challenging environment please submit your cv and cover letter today.The role requires an individual to manage their own time, working with the development team to co-ordinate the key aspects of the business, including project support, interdepartmental communication, management information and the effective management of our contracts within the construction and service industries. The role will require close working relationships with the Development Director, Product Account Manager & Development Site Managers.Role requirements:

  • Travel throughout the UK will sometimes be required so candidate must be flexible.
  • Some Knowledge of construction and planning development preferred.
  • Experience in a fast paced sales/acquisitions environment.
  • Ability to manage numerous task and projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication, organisation and administrative skills.
  • Proven track record of delivering consistently within deadlines.

In return the right candidate will receive;

  • Up to 35 days holiday per annum (including Bank Holidays and based on length of service).
  • Salary £18k – 20k (D.O.E).
  • Exciting annual Summer and Christmas Staff Parties.
  • Free On-Site Parking.
  • Private Medical Insurance.
  • Personal Accident Insurance.
  • Healthcare Cashplan.
  • Group Life Insurance of 4 x Basic Salary.

Job Type: Permanent

Required experience:

  • Administration: 2 years

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

What’s wrong with it?

The title “Programme Co-ordinator” implies you’ll be working on a programme. In fact this role is a bit of everything administrative, with a small part of it being project support. So nothing to do with programmes at all.

In fact with this advertisement, it’s quite hard to work out what the role is really there for and what you’ll be doing in the job.

We previously wrote about the job titles that project people use which don’t necessarily translate to the wider project management marketplace which makes it difficult for them when it comes to finding a new opportunity in a new organisation. These advertisements also highlight that some organisations also have the same difficulty when it comes to recruiting new people.

If the project management industry as a whole could just agree on what the standard job titles are, imagine how much easier and more productive it would be for everyone. Just a thought!


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