As the economic recovery gathers momentum, the construction sector is reaping the benefits and construction commercial workers with management experience are in high demand. With the onset of new building projects, your role as Construction Manager is to focus specifically on successful completion of construction projects within the agreed budget and timeframe, ensuring construction safety protocols are followed.

Roles in Construction Site Management are also available across various project areas, such as residential, infrastructure or industrial based projects.

Construction Managers also supervise the preparation of the site and communicate with a wide range of people including the public and professionals such as architects, engineers, estimators, and surveyors. 

What are the key duties in Construction Manager jobs?

Managing construction sites will present different challenges depending on the project’s context but, in the main, the job will include the following duties:

  • Develop construction plans, detailing the equipment and materials required.

  • Manage the site daily by monitoring staff, ensuring quality standards and managing materials.

  • Create targets for the project to ensure it’s completed on time.

  • Stay in contact with senior managers and clients, providing regular updates on progress.

  • Make sure that health and safety protocol is implemented and followed throughout the construction site.

Skills required to become a Construction Manager

Construction Managers should have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to manage staff and subcontractors; be good at logistics, planning and problem-solving and like working outdoors in all weathers.

The CIOB offers qualifications in Construction Site Supervision and Site Management at Levels 3 and 4. Level 5 in Construction Project Management is aimed at people already working as project managers. The CIOB can provide a list of organisations running these courses.

Experienced Construction Managers can become contract managers or directors of companies. It is possible to become self-employed, particularly in specialist areas of the work. There are also opportunities for Construction Managers in teaching and research and support services such as health and safety.

Construction Manager positions require excellent communication, leadership and planning skills. Also, construction managers must have an excellent eye for detail to ensure quality is upheld and health and safety protocols are followed. Successful construction managers will be able to use complex IT packages and project management software to manage the project and its finances effectively. On average, construction managers will work 40 hours per week, with salaries ranging from £32,000 to £44,000.

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