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In the construction industry, the site manager is responsible for the coordination and control of the construction project from the design stage right through to completion and handing over of the structure or facility. The most important responsibility is the handling of any delays caused by bad weather, trade union disputes, and delays in delivery of material, accidents and other emergencies. General contractors often take on the role, and the position is also known as project manager, program manager or construction superintendent
Strong people skills are required for the job of project manager as a major responsibility is the hiring and overseeing of the construction workers and their supervisors. Sourcing construction materials, estimating the project’s timescale and ensuring its completion within the agreed period, selecting suitable sub-contractors and overseeing deliveries are all important parts of this position, for which a degree in project or construction management is an essential qualification
Salaries vary between £30,000 and £40,000, depending on location and the specifics of the site, with London-based jobs commanding the highest salaries and those in the northwestern and eastern UK the lowest-paid.

Description

Site Managers are required to supervise and organise daily work on a building site. They are in control of all operations, including progress, planning, labour relations, and cost planning. These managers team up with other professionals like sub contractors, consultants and client’s representatives in order to make sure that the job is completed within budget and on time.

Site Managers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Monitoring the progress of the work.
• Visiting site beforehand.
• Checking work processes meet building regulations.
• Writing reports.
• Hiring workers.

Skills

• Being assertive.
• Having good communication skills.
• Being organised.
• Having customer service skills.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Having math skills.
• Being able to create accurate reports.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having awareness of safety and health issues.
• Having IT skills.

Education

Site Manager jobs have two ways for candidates to enter to the application process. One way are the apprenticeship schemes for school leavers or ConstructionSkills for Skillseekers. These courses require Highers or Standard grades including Science, Math, English, and a technological subject. The other main way is through a degree, Higher National Diploma or a Higher National Certificate in relevant subjects such as architecture, building surveying, construction management, civil engineering, or construction.

People working on this area can obtain a SVQ Level 3 in Site Supervision and Level 4 in Construction Site Management Building and Civil Engineering. They can also become members of the Chartered Institute of Building by having a professional development programme and SVQ Level 4 or 5 or a relevant degree for this industry.

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