Construction Manager

Construction managers are responsible for ensuring that a building project is completed safely, within an agreed time frame and budget.

Practice Area Construction Manager

They manage the practical side of the build, supervising the trades and contractors as well as working with other building professionals such as architects, surveyors and planners.

Construction managers ensure everyone works to an agreed plan, closely monitoring progress, inspecting work, setting budgets and dealing with contracts.

They may oversee a whole site, or a big part of a large-scale, complex project.

What skills are required?
  • Strong communication and leadership skills
  • Planning and organisation
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Commercial awareness
  • Maths and IT skills
What qualifications are required?

A relevant degree may be required.

Construction managers may work towards accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Building

What is it like in practice?

Due to the nature of the role, it is project based. Some construction managers are self-employed, moving from one contract to another. However, many people work for one employer. Construction management is a busy, demanding role so you will need the ability to work under pressure.

You may need some flexibility on working hours as projects near completion.

Work Environment Your time will be spent mostly on site and offices are often in temporary premises on the site. More senior roles can find their time split between working on site and working from an office, or in meetings and presentations with clients. The role requires working with clients, architects and construction engineering professionals on a project and holding meetings to keep the project on time and on budget.
Employment opportunities

Firms often advertise for graduates with a relevant qualification, although non-cognate degrees, particularly those in maths and engineering subjects are also valued. Construction managers can work towards more senior levels or develop specialisms such as SHEQ or project management.

There are also degree apprenticeships in construction management are also available.

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Relevant UCEM programmes

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • Managing complex projects
  • Understanding how buildings are constructed and materials used in the process
  • Working with different people and teams such as clients, contractors and specialists

See more skills used by construction managers:

  • People Management
  • Using Visual intelligence and perceptual skills to use plans, charts and diagrams
  • Creativity and problem solving to create meet client and project requirements and budgets
  • The ability to multi-task, make decisions and handle conflicting deadlines