Functional managers generally have technical expertise and oversee the day-to-day operations of an organizational unit within a company, such as a division, department or section. The duties of a functional manager are ongoing and are not usually directly involved in company projects, unlike project managers.
Functional managers often assign projects and ensure they align with the company's particular goals and vision. They gather information from project managers and evaluate the departments they oversee on a regular basis. Functional managers may also evaluate individuals in their division, discussing how well the employees are doing and helping them set and reach career goals.