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Job Description

Site Managers or Construction Managers are in charge of the day to day operations of the whole building site or if it is a larger scheme they will control part of the project. They may be required to hire staff, prepare the site before work starts and organise temporary offices to be installed. They will monitor progress, order and oversee deliveries of materials, liaise with engineers, architects and other professionals and make sure building regulations and safety procedures are complied with.

Entry Requirements

You could get into this role through a university course, an apprenticeship or working your way towards the role.


You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building in a subject like:

  • building studies or building engineering
  • surveying or civil engineering
  • construction engineering
  • construction site management
  • estimating

You will usually need

  • 1 or 2 A levels or equivalent for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 or 3 A levels or equivalent for a degree

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You may be able to do a higher level or degree apprenticeship in construction management or similar.

You will usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work based route

You could work your way up this role if you are working as a building technician, site supervisor, surveyor or estimator and you have several years experience.

Or if you have a few years management experience in a related industry, you could apply directly for the role.

Further information

You will need a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site.

Go Construct have further information about becoming a Site Manager.

Required Skills

  • A good knowledge of building and construction
  • Good planning skills
  • The ability to organise your time and workload
  • The ability problem solve
  • Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Good people skills to motivate your staff and sub contractors
  • Good IT skills

Salary Range

£25,000 to £60,000

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