Construction management, also known as site management, building management, or contract management, is the area in construction that ensures everything in a building and construction project runs as smoothly as possible and on time. The construction manager, or site agent, is typically charged with liaising with various contacts including architects, engineers, surveyors, and buyers, as well as with developing the strategy and time-line for a project.
Construction management calls for a great deal of experience in the construction industry. The position is usually held by a candidate with many years of professional experience combined with excellent interpersonal, organisational, and communication skills. The role of construction manager requires a candidate who can easily multi-task but also has a deep and intricate knowledge of the construction sector overall. The ability to manage and lead a team of various industry workers and professionals is also key, but it is also a client facing role and as such candidates must be able to present themselves professionally at all times.
The construction industry in general has experienced a recent upturn but competition for roles, especially at a managerial level is still fierce. As such the help of specialist recruitment agencies is invaluable and will help any candidate wishing to find the perfect role in construction management. Employers will also use such agencies to search for prospective employees and advertise any vacancies.