Construction Managers plan, organize, direct, control, and evaluate construction projects from conception to completion according to schedule, specifications, and budget. They make sure the projects and all related processes run smoothly by effectively coordinating activities, resources, equipment, and information.
In addition to leading and executing the company’s construction duties in a safe and productive way, Construction Managers are also in charge of assembling teams and assigning them tasks. They visit construction sites to ensure the work undertaken by their team is of the highest standards.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Construction Managers are required to complete.
- Managing contracts and obtaining required permits and licences (e.g. notice of project).
- Preparing and submitting construction project budget estimates and monitoring the established budget throughout the project:
- Managing revenues/profits and implementing monthly and annual business plans;
- controlling work-related costs to maintain the margins; and
- verifying and approving subcontractors’ invoices, as well as managing subordinates’ payrolls.
- Planning and preparing construction schedules and milestones, as well as monitoring progress against established schedules:
- Developing and maintaining detailed project schedules, including all phases and dependencies, such as detailed design, material procurement and installation, as well as administrative tasks for multiple sites;
- ensuring project requirements are fulfilled, deadlines are met, and milestones are achieved;
- conducting regular update meetings with team members to measure the success of each project;
- preparing progress reports to update all parties involved on work development and on any modifications to the original work order; and
- managing all installation and readjustment work, along with the personnel and its assigned tasks.
- Building, managing, and deploying a high-quality team:
- Hiring and supervising the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff;
- ensuring all team members are following and are trained on current health and safety policies and procedures;
- ensuring collective and individual expectations are met and resolving disputes and complaints, where possible; and
- preparing contracts and negotiating revisions, changes, and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors.
- Maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction throughout the project with property owners, insurance adjusters, insurance companies, and/or corporate clients:
- Developing and implementing quality control programs; and
- inspecting progress and work quality during and after the construction project.
- Representing the company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiations:
- Promoting a culture of “employer of choice” to attract, retain, and motivate high-quality workers; and
- developing and maintaining strong relationships and acting as a primary liaison with policyholders, estimators, adjusters, etc.
- Providing training on project control methodology and constructability processes.
- Directing the purchase of building materials and land acquisitions:
- Managing purchase orders, changing orders and chargebacks.
- Monitoring compliance with building and safety regulations for all onsite and offsite activities.
- Monitoring and reporting the progress and development of all construction projects, ensuring requirements are fulfilled and deadlines are met.
- Updating and regulating projects’ budgets by managing revenues and profits.
- Visiting construction sites to ensure all subcontractors and subordinate staff are working according to provided instructions.
The average Construction Manager salary is $99,549 per year or $51 per hour. This is around 3 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $70,000 while most experienced workers make up to $139,000. These results are based on 422 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Leadership and human resources management skills:
- Pushing themselves and others to achieve results and exceeding goals;
- sharing knowledge and expectations by mentoring team members;
- thriving to improve individual and organizational contributions; and
- being resourceful, energetic and displaying a strong desire to take initiative.
- Interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills:
- Communicating clearly, both in writing and verbally, in order to create a clear and communicative environment between owners, stakeholders, subordinate staff, subcontractors, and suppliers;
- conveying an engaging attitude and optimistic tone with a focus on developing long-term relationships internally and externally to facilitate work efforts, alignment, and collaboration; and
- being able to deal with a diverse group of people in potentially adversarial situations as well as being able to address issues and concerns as they arise, using a calm, polite, tactful, discreet, and effective approach.
- Analytical skills and strong attention to detail:
- Analyzing, managing, and mitigating risks to prevent problems and resolving any emerging ones;
- being able to calculate areas and to relate calculations to required material; and
- being able to accurately and thoroughly monitor work for quality.
- Organizational and time management skills:
- Prioritizing and planning work activities in order to manage time efficiently while managing a high volume of work; and
- multitasking; being able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
- Productive and result-oriented.
- Continual focus on safety, cost control, and client satisfaction:
- Wearing respirators, steel-toed safety boots, hard hats, glasses, and ear protection, as well as other personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.
- Basic accounting competency with an understanding of invoicing and billing procedures:
- Being able to plan and monitor budgets.
Aside from the skills listed above, Construction Managers also need to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current building codes including, but not limited to, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical related codes; and any other law and/or ordinance regulating building construction or reconstruction. They also need to possess advanced knowledge of construction management processes, means, and methods, as well as quality standards related to these fields.
Construction Managers must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Construction, Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, or in any other related field; or a combination of education and experience that yields the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Any education or experience related to a technical field is usually preferred, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and in construction management software packages.
Some Construction Manager positions require a minimum of 3 to 5 years of construction management experience within a related industry, but most of them require up to 10 to 15 years of project management experience. Experience in low-rise construction and/or high-rise construction is a definite asset.
Additional certifications are usually preferred, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification;
- Water Remediation Technician (WRT) certification;
- Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) certification;
- Odor Control Technician (OCT) certification; and
- Carpenter certification.
Construction Managers are also required to be in excellent physical condition due to the fact that they need to stand and walk for long periods of time and need to be able to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds.