A construction project manager is responsible for running all or part of a construction site. Other names for describing the role are site manager, site agent or contracts manager. A construction project manager's role typically involves liaising with architects, engineers, buyers and estimators before a construction work starts, and managing the project until its completion.
It can involve interpreting designs in a way that tradespeople can understand and use, booking contractors and finding solutions for any problems that come up over the course of the construction.
In this role, a person must have brilliant problem solving skills and the ability to deliver a project to a deadline and within budget. As the position requires overseeing a great deal of individual tasks, superb multi-tasking skills are needed. The role will often involve using a software package to aid workflow.
Managing a large-scale project requires brilliant organizational skills and a flawless knowledge of the construction industry.
To be a successful construction project manager you should have a variety of skills and experience to lead a team and administer various projects. They need a good knowledge and understanding of theoretical ideas of construction practices.
This is a senior level role that requires industry and project experience. Graduates who complete a transferable degree usually fall into this position after years of experience in the industry.
A Construction Project Manager will need to have:
- People management skills
- Project management experience
- Time management skills