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 $97,903 per year or $50 per hour. This is around 3 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $69,000 while most experienced workers make up to $137,000. These results are based on 552 salaries extracted from job descriptions.