In normal times, having a skilled Project Manager in place will greatly increase the chances of a project being profitable, successful, and delivered on time. During a pandemic, where remote working is highest and time is of the essence, a good PM is even more important to a project’s success.
Project Management now consists of building and maintaining successful relationships and communicating daily while doing the general work of managing project milestones throughout the project life cycle.
An experienced Project Manager is instrumental in ensuring all stakeholders across multiple business units are fully engaged and accountable for their project deliverables.
Looking forward, project management will play an indispensable role in post-pandemic recovery as companies look to revitalise their business and create innovative programs to scale growth.
5 Benefits of hiring a contract Project Manager
If your business is considering hiring a contract Project Manager there are a few things to consider.
Cpl Technology’s Contract PMO team work day in day out with contractors, we know the skill sets needed for a successful project and have a track record of providing skilled contractor talent across all sectors.
Below are some of the key reasons hiring a contract Project Manager could benefit you and your business.
Depth of experience
Hiring a contract Project Manager gives you instant access to an experienced Project Manager who can adapt to your environment very quickly. All our Associate Project Managers have managed multiple projects across different industries and organisations.
A contractor PM could be the answer to your shortfall of skills. Time to hire can be significantly faster in comparison to hiring an FTE. In short, our Project Managers are highly skilled and will add value quickly.
Available to give 100% focus
According to a PMI study, over 50% of projects fail due to a breakdown in communications. This can lead to expensive rework, project delays, mishaps and ultimately unhappy stakeholders, sponsor and customers .
Contract PMs however have fewer distractions when it comes to internal operational and administrative duties. This allows the contract PM to be more productive and focus 100% to project delivery.
Contractors can be hired on a short-term basis and will afford your organisation flexibility where you can ramp up/down on your project resources quickly. This can be an advantage to a business when a project is completed ahead of schedule or on a rare occasion, if a project is cancelled.
This is all catered for with a detailed contract to protect all parties. Most importantly, our contract PMO team proactively manage the contractors contract. Our clients tend to hire contract PMs when they have peaks in workload on the project.
Speed and efficiency
For larger projects when speed is of the essence, hiring contract PMs quickly can be vital. Our lead time to onboard a contract PM during Covid can be as short as 5 working days. This is a worthwhile consideration given the hiring of an FTE can take 8-12 weeks.
The Cpl PMO team have a large network with a high volume of repeat, experienced and referenceable Associate PMs assigned to various client projects. We pride ourselves on our expert knowledge, delivery, and efficient service.
You might assume that Project Management contractors are an expensive option, but contractors should be viewed as a way to save money and deliver the project on time and within budget.
70% of projects during Covid-19 are experiencing setbacks including difficulty with supply chain, attaining permits/approvals and decreased labour availability.
A contract Project Manager can help plan for and navigate these issues and has the knowledge needed to save the company time and money during a massive transition.
Is hiring a contractor right for you?
Below is a list of questions that will assist you in establishing if you need to hire a contract Project Manager:
Do you require a Project Manager with excellent communications to assist in managing the Covid-19 challenges to ensure Project success?
Do you need a Project Manager for a short-term role that can onboard quickly and autonomously?
Are you under-resourced but don’t have enough work/budget to require a full-time role?
Do you need big results on a small budget?
Do you need results rapidly for a time-sensitive project?
Does the project require expert knowledge?
Do you have a project that needs to be rescued?
Do you have a need to cover extended leave on a project?
What is the best way to find a project manager?
Cpl have a team dedicated to contract PMO roles. If you decide that you do need to hire a contract Project Manager or you would like to hear more about our contracting service, please contact PMO@cpl.ie or reach out directly to Simone (01 614 6009), Andy on (01 614 6114) or Janet on (01 6146005)