Project managers are central to ensuring the successful completion of construction and development projects. They plan develop and project manage works from inception to completion.
|Practice Area||Project Management|
|What skills are required?||
|What qualifications are required?||
Most employers look for a relevant construction related degree or similar qualifications. Project managers may have a background or experience in quantity surveying or construction management.
Many project managers will work towards professional membership of the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and/or the Chartered Institute of Building.
|What is it like in practice?||
Project managers may work for a consultancy, servicing multiple clients or be employed in house. Their role is to represent the client’s interest, from developing the project brief to selecting, appointing and coordinating project teams. Project managers follow through the full construction programme, working closely with clients, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders.
Global opportunities exist for project managers, particularly those with post qualification experience.
|Work Environment||A combination of site work, office work, client and other meetings. Project managers can cover large geographical areas and so a driving licence is usually required.|
Project managers are employed by Architects and local authorities, but major employers are contractors, where they will be responsible for the delivery of time and budget construction projects.
There are also degree apprenticeships in project management available.
|Relevant UCEM programmes|
You might like this role if you enjoy:
- Project management
- People management and leadership
See more skills used by project management specialists:
- Using a wide range of data such as verbal, written, numerical and perceptual information
- Analysing and identifying patterns in data
- Working with different people (such as clients, colleagues and the general public)