Job description for a technical manager

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Job description for a technical manager
Technical managers work in various fields, including IT, building and construction. (builder and the project manager image by Dmitri MIkitenko from Fotolia.com)

Technical managers work in a variety of fields. However, most technical managers deal with computer systems. Most of their work revolves around development, maintenance, providing support services, fixing, troubleshooting and monitoring complex technical systems. A technical manager position does not just entail dealing with technical issues only, but also managing people, planning, dealing with finances and organizational issues. A technical manager must be a hands-on person and must work closely with his team to survive in the dynamic technological field.

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Education and Training

A technical manager needs an associate's degree, a bachelor’s degree or vocational training in a technical field. This includes computer, architecture or design. Further training like a master's degree improves the technical manager's job prospects. Having training in management or administration is an advantage. Having experience, especially in a management-related position, is also a plus. For this position, on-the-job training is usually required whether the manager has experience or not.

Responsibilities and Duties

A technical manager manages and supervises teams of employees and reviews their work. She manages different types of projects as assigned. He creates and implements different development plans and keeps this relevant as time changes. He keeps the project manager updated on the progress of projects. She identifies and corrects malfunctions in the system. He provides direction on system development, design and how to integrate the system. She manages the risks involved in the technical project. He ensures that the technical budget is adhered to and other technical resources are well-utilised for maximum efficiency. It is also her duty to mentor junior development employees.

Compensation

The salary for an average technical manager varies according to location, organisation and level of experience. The average salary for a technical manager in the United States is £54,152 per year as of June 2010, according to Salary.com.

Typical Employers

According to Agcas, technical mangers can be employed in a variety of

fields. This includes the government, non-governmental organisations, academic

institutions and hospitals.

Desirable Skills

A technical manager has great initiative, and strong communication skills since this is his greatest asset, especially when dealing with employees. A technical manager has great interpersonal skills. She also has a good understanding of complex database systems. A technical manager has good facilitation skills to coordinate the technical team. He has good presentation skills and leadership skills. She also has good client management skills.

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