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Contracts Manager

Construction contracts managers help to win building contracts. They also help to control costs and keep construction projects on track. Projects can include everything from commercial and residential developments to road and rail engineering works.

If you're good with numbers and IT and can pay close attention to detail, you could find a career as a construction contracts manager very rewarding.

To do this job you will need experience in the construction industry, although you may be able to get in if you have a background in contracting and managing projects in other sectors


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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service


What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?


Key Responsibilities

Meeting with clients to understand what they want to do
Putting together plans and estimates, including budgets and timescales
Preparing and presenting documents for tenders
Contributing to work planning, and brief project teams, contractors and suppliers
Gathering all information together for invoicing at the end of the project
Supplying information to resolve disputes if they arise
Identifying areas for improvement in existing contracting processes


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Entry Requirements

Experience of working with building contracts and a background in civil or structural engineering, or construction management
Project management experience from another industry could also help you to move into the construction sector
Another route in is to start out as a contracts assistant or administrator with a construction company
You would normally be expected to have a foundation degree, HND or degree in a relevant subject such as civil and structural engineering, building studies and building engineering, construction management and construction project management

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

A good knowledge and understanding of construction and issues such as building regulations and planning
Commercial awareness
Good organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects
The ability to establish and maintain good working relationships
Strong maths and IT skills
Good budgeting skills
The ability to work both on your own and as part of a team
The ability to work to deadlines
Good problem-solving skills
Excellent communication, presentation and negotiating skills
An understanding of health and safety issues

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

Starting Salaries: £20,000 - £35,000
Experienced: £35,000- £50,000
Senior: £50,000 - £70,000
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