Published: 24 Jul 2009
What is a construction manager or supervisor?
In simple terms a construction manager or supervisor is responsible for running the whole or part of a construction site.
Also known as site or building manager, he or she will make sure a scheme is completed safely, on time and within budget.
Responsibilities include making preparations before work begins on site including communicating with the public, architects, engineers and cost managers involved on the scheme. It will also involve supervising the building work once work has begun on site.
The construction manager will ensure safety measures have been put in place and he or she will often work with construction management software to organise efficient delivery and storage of construction material.
Finally, the work will involve keeping the client informed during construction. A large part of the work is done outdoors on site.
Becoming a construction manager or supervisor
The construction manager tends to be someone with some professional experience who has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the industry.
You will need to be good problem solvers and possess excellent interpersonal skills as well as be able to manage staff and subcontractors. The construction manager must be good at logistics, planning and problem-solving.
A degree in construction engineering management, building studies, building engineering and building technology can lead to a career in construction management.
You will need to cover very diverse subjects from construction design and technology to contract law and building materials.
The Chartered Institute of Building offers qualifications in construction site supervision and site management at Levels 3 and 4. For those already working as project managers it offers Level 5 in construction project management.
Salaries are varied and depend on experience. They range from around £16,000 to over £40,000 a year.