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Senior Highway Design Project Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: West Palm Beach
  • Salary: $100000 - $130000 per annum
  • Description Senior Highway Project Manager We are currently looking to hire a Senior Highway Project Manager for a position in the West Palm Beach, to join...
Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - DC
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Washington
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - DC A Specialist Water/Wastewater Contractor is looking for a Project Manager for projects in DC. They offer fantastic long-term growth
Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - IN
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Indianapolis
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - IN Specialist Water/Wastewater (WTP/WWTP) Contractor is looking for a Project Manager for projects in Indiana. Opportunity to join a
Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - KY
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Kentucky
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - KY Specialist Water/Wastewater (WTP/WWTP) Contractor is looking for a Project Manager for projects in Kentucky. The company is looking for
Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - OH
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Ohio
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description Project Manager - WATER/WASTEWATER (WTP/WWTP) - OH A Specialist Water/Wastewater Contractor is looking for a Project Manager for projects in Ohio. They offer fantastic long-term growth
Senior Transportation Project Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Houston
  • Salary: $120000 - $140000 per annum, Benefits: Plus bonus and benefits package
  • Description Looking for a senior transportation project manager in a growing, successful mid-sized company. Potential to work for an ambitious firm with a backlog of civil...
MGP Senior Project Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New Jersey
  • Salary: Dependent on Experience
  • Description I am working closely with a mid-sized employee-owned Environmental Consultancy who have an exciting opportunity for an Environmental Professional with Manufactured Gas Plant experience to...
Senior Project Manager - Water/ Wastewater - Texas
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Houston
  • Salary: $150000 - $180000 per annum
  • Description I am working with one of the top Engineering consultancies in the USA who are looking to grow their Texas Water Practice, and are seeking...
Project Manager - Water/ Wastewater - Atlanta
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Salary: $120000 - $150000 per annum
  • Description I am working with one of the top Engineering consultancies in the USA, who are looking to grow their ATLANTA Water Practice, and are seeking  ...

Project managers work are responsible for the planning and execution of particular projects. This role includes planning, budgeting, tracking progress schedules and deadlines, the preparation and submission of project documents, and managing the project team. 
Project managers in the construction industry oversee a wide variety of projects, from a new build residential estate, to a factory or inner-city skyscraper. The project manager has overall responsibility for delivering the completed project delivered on schedule, within budget, and to the employer’s satisfaction. They coordinate all the tasks of a project such as planning, quality control, and progress reports. In construction projects, the project manager will work closely with engineers and architects, in addition to senior management and other teams.

  • Related Job Roles
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Architect
  • Contractor
  • Surveyor
  • Civil Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Cost Estimator

Specification, Outlook and Salary  
Project managers are accountable for delivering expected project outcomes on schedule. They ensure that the team is on track and that the project progresses smoothly, and there is a particular skillset for success in this role. If an individual possesses high levels of organisational skill, the ability to handle complex projects, to multitask and manage competing priorities, a career in construction project management may be suitable. Being able to delegate effectively is also important, in addition to having exceptional time-management skills and attention to detail. 
How much does a construction project manager earn? Well, it depends on a range of factors, but the average salary for construction project managers in the United States is $71,796 per annum, with a range of $43,497 - $116,725. Factors affecting the level of salary include experience, industry knowledge, management skills, team management and leadership skills, productivity and academic background. Construction project managers can expect an average salary of £41,385 per year in the United Kingdom, with a range of £26,492 - £69,024. 

Job Description of a Construction Project Manger
Construction project managers are solely responsible for the planning, management, coordination and financial control of a project. They oversee the project team to ensure that the project objectives are achieved, and that it is delivered on time and within budget. A project is usually separate from general business activities and has a dedicated team assigned for the duration of the particular project. Construction project managers work to ensure that resources are used effectively, and that the project is a success.

Typical responsibilities of a Construction Project Manager:

  • Receiving installation specifications and plans to ensure that they can successfully deliver what the client requires. 
  • Checking installations and reviewing pricing for works and services
  • Presenting ideas, attending meetings and delivering progress reports to clients and senior management
  • Ensuring that jobs meet health and safety requirements and comply with building regulations
  • Controlling energy wastage and protecting the environment
  • Developing project scope and objectives
  • Ensuring technical feasibility of the project
  • Coordinating internal resources and external/third parties, for successful execution of the assigned project
  • Developing project plans to track and monitor progress 
  • Ensuring that all projects are delivered within scope, budget and agreed timelines
  • Allocating manpower and other resources
  • Reporting to senior management and updating other departments and  relevant stakeholders
  • Measuring project performance using appropriate techniques, tools and systems
  • Maintaining a positive relationship with the client and all stakeholders 
  • Performing risk management  and minimising project risks
  • Establishing relationships with third parties/vendors
  • Overseeing comprehensive and accurate project documentation
  • Representing the client's and organisation’s  interests
  • Ensuring that all the project objectives are met
  • Coordinating the allocated project team
  • Ensuring the project requirements and quality standards are met
  • Conducting ongoing risk assessment
  • Overseeing accounting, costing, and billing 
  • Using project management tools and software to track resource and progress

The activities of a construction project manager cover all aspects of a given project, from the outset to completion. They are likely to work more hours than other team members and are expected to lead by example. 

Key Skills & Qualifications
The construction project managers should have a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as construction management, building science or civil engineering. In addition, professionals need to have construction and industry experience, and relevant qualifications can be obtained through employment as a craft worker, intern or supervisor in a relevant or construction-related field. 

Here are some required job skills of a construction project manager: 

  • Proven hands-on experience in construction management
  • Expert knowledge of construction details and building products as well as relevant quality standards, rules and regulations
  • Advanced level of knowledge of various construction management methods and processes 
  • Familiarity with construction management software packages 
  • Competency in crisis and conflict management 
  • Ability to see the “bigger picture” and plan accordingly 
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Solid project and time management skills 
  • Human resources management and leadership skills
  • A bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or related field
  • Excellent client-facing skills and internal communication 
  • Technical background and related skills, with hands-on experience in the construction industry.  
  • Exceptional organisational skills, including time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Leadership skills, change management, and supervisory expertise
  • PMP/ PRINCE II certification is desirable
  • Solid working knowledge of MS Office and Project Management Software 
  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Strategic and analytical thinking 
  • Results and detail-orientated  
  • Presentation and meeting skills 
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Diplomacy and professionalism

Job Trends
In construction, the career advancement route for project managers typically includes a degree in construction, project management or engineering, followed by years of working experience as an assistant in a reputable construction environment. There is also a route outside of degree study, via apprenticeships in project management/construction combined with considerable on-site experience. 
Construction project managers enjoy a strong career prospects and opportunities for progression. Project management is now considered a distinct career. The growth of standards and professional project management certification has established it as a respected and aspirational profession.