Thanks for your response. Briefly:
I am currently Business Project Manager for a major furniture manufacturer/retailer.
My current role includes: Identifying Key Projects, Definition of Project Scope, Evaluation of proposed projects and development of business cases, Management of project teams, identifying project risks and mitigating against them and project reviews. My background is in accountancy (I am partially qualified, although I didn't get the opportunity to complete my qualification as was asked by the business to 'take time out' in order that I could add more value to the business. Although my background is in accountancy I have project managed the implementation of 3 software packages end to end. This (along with my previous accountancy role) allowed me to gain experience and knowledge across all areas of the business, inclucing manufacturing, stock control, purchasing, IT, logistics, planning and retail. Prior to my role as Business Project Manager, I was the IT Manager and prior to that, Head of I.T. and Finance.
I will be carrying out PRINCE2 qualification via a week long residential course later this month.
Academically, my qualifications are not great (some O levels, my partial Accountancy qualification and a vocational Project Management course).
I would love the opportunity to be able to help and offer advice and guidance to SME's in a consultancy role or as a consultant doing project management but I am having real difficulty finding a suitable propspective employer. I feel I am being let down by not having a degree!! although I am confident that I am more likely qualified by experience. I have superb references.
I currently cover every type of project and coordinate all projects throughout the entire business, which covers everything from processes and procedures to building stores facilities.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.