Site Manager

Site managers oversee and organise day to day site operations such as labour schedules, staff inductions, sub-contractor management, risk management, health and safety compliance and safe storage and co-ordination of materials.

Practice Area Site Manager
Introduction Site managers have a significant focus on ensuring that a building project is completed safely, within an agreed time frame and budget.
What skills are required?
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Planning and organisation
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Commercial awareness
What qualifications are required?
  • You many need a current and Valid UK driving licence
  • Relevant H&S courses
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme certification
  • First aid training
What is it like in practice?

Site managers may have responsibility for a small project or be part of a construction management team on larger or more complex builds. Due to the nature of the role, it is project based. Some site managers are self-employed, moving from one contract to another, however, many people work for one employer.

Site managers need to keep accurate records and submit documents such as progress reports.

Site 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 mainly spent on site, maybe in a temporary office. The role may require liaison with other professionals, sub-contractors and clients.  You may also need to participate in site meetings.
Employment opportunities

There is a wide range of employers from global construction companies to small building firms, recruit site managers. Recruitment agencies are often used, although some firms recruit direct.

From site management, you could progress to more senior roles in construction management or develop specialisms in areas such as SHEQ.

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Relevant UCEM programmes

MSc Quantity Surveying

BSc Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • People management and leadership
  • Practical or technical skills and knowledge

See more skills used by site managers:

  • Project management
  • Using verbal and written communication skills
  • Working with different people such as clients, contractors, colleagues and the general public
  • Using perceptual skills interpret maps, charts and diagrams
  • Creativity and problem solving