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Site Manager

A site manager also sometimes has the title of construction manager, building manager or site agent. He or she will oversee operations on a day-to-day basis, and ensure that work is done safely, on time and within budget and to the right quality standards.

As a site manager, you could be responsibility for a whole site or, with larger schemes, you may be responsible for part of a project and report to a more senior manager, who may be taking care of several projects at the same time.

Before work starts, a site manager gets things ready by taking on staff, and preparing the site, carefully planning the work to be done and installing temporary offices for site staff.

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What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Key Responsibilities

Monitor progress
Oversee delivery of materials
Carry out safety checks and sort out any problems which could hold up work as they arise
Keep in close contact with members of their site team at all times, and liaise with architects, engineers, surveyors and planners
Ensure that work complies with building regulations and health and safety legislation as well as other legal requirements
A site manager will also keep the client updated regularly on progress
Acts as the first point of contact for members of the public and sub-contractors
Make sure that the deadline for completing work is met, and as site manager you will at least share some of the responsibility if someone on your site has an accident

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Entry Requirements

Degree in construction/building management, building engineering/studies, construction engineering management or civil/structural engineering
To gain chartered status the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) set criteria must also be met: this normally necessitates undertaking a period of vocational training with an approved employer
An alternative could be to have several years’ industry experience before going into construction management

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills
Logical thinking and creative problem-solving ability
Good communication and organisational skills
Strong leadership and people skills
Good business understanding
Technical knowledge of construction
Highly numerate with good IT skills
Calm under pressure with confident decision making skills
Understanding of building and health and safety regulations as well as other legislation

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Experienced site managers: £27,000 - £50,000 a year depending on level of experience
Senior site managers: £60,000+ a year
Case Study

James Parr

Graduate Surveyor

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Throughout the graduate programme my day-to-day role has changed, but the job always involves advising occupiers, landlords or investors on property occupation or investment performance, collaborating, analysing latest market transactions/ industry news and networking.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The mix of challenging, technical work alongside the social side of the industry.

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