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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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What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

You would work closely with other construction professionals, including construction managers, quantity surveyors and planning engineers. You may also have other responsibilities, for example overseeing health and safety. 

Key Responsibilities

Meet with clients to understand what they want to do
Put together plans and estimates, including budgets and timescales
Prepare and present documents for tenders
Contribute to work planning, and brief project teams, contractors and suppliers
Agree any extra work to be done within set timescales
Gather all information together for invoicing at the end of the project
Supply information to resolve disputes if they arise
Identify areas for improvement in existing contracting processes

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Entry Requirements

A foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree in a related area, for example building studies and building engineering, surveying and civil engineering, construction engineering or construction management
Experience of working with building contracts and a background in civil or structural engineering, or construction management
If you have project management experience from another industry, you may be able to use this to move into the construction sector
Or start out as a contracts assistant or administrator with a construction company

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, presentation and negotiation skills
A good knowledge and understanding of construction and issues such as building regulations and planning
Commercial awareness
The ability to establish and maintain good working relationships
Strong maths and IT skills
Ability to work to deadlines
Understanding of building and 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

Experienced contracts managers: £25,000 - £45,000 a year depending on level of experience
Senior contracts managers: £50,000 - £70,000 a year
The job often comes with a car allowance and other additional benefits.
Case Study


Barriers faced: 

When we met Babes she was Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), and was struggling to find work.

How we helped: 

She attended a Construction Youth Trust course and learnt about the careers in the construction trades and professions and earnt her CSCS card.


We helped her gain work experience with Graham Construction and after a successful placement she is now pursuing a career in Quantity Surveying.

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