Project Management

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?
  • Ability to use and interpret different types of data including designs, numbers and written reports
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good oral, written and presentation skills.
  • A practical, logical and methodical mindset
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • The ability to multi-task and handle conflicting deadlines
  • Leadership and effective people management
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.
Employment opportunities

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.

More information

Visit RICS (opens new window)

Visit Go Construct (opens new window)

Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

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)