Construction managers who work in fit out and refurbishment are responsible for overseeing the final stages of buildings projects, from tender all the way through to the installation work.
It is a job that comes with a significant level of responsibility, particularly if the role involves high-value work, such as fitting out an airport terminal or shopping complex. So, staff who wish to gain employment in this type of management role will need at least ten years' relevant experience.
Most workers who apply for this sort of job have a degree in a construction-related subject, along with strong project management and budgeting skills, a Site Management Safety Training Scheme certificate and a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme black card. Their career history must include time as a site supervisor or project engineer on major fit out jobs, as an in-depth understanding of how this phase of developments works is essential
The majority of permanent jobs of this sort are with the big construction contractors and building companies, with salaries ranging from £40,000 to £55,000. The level of the remuneration package will depend on the role, with those that involve airport terminals, hotels, office blocks and shopping centres likely to be better paid than those focused on residential developments.
As the industry is project based, there is also strong demand for fit out specialist construction managers to work on lucrative short-term contracts. Companies can use construction recruitment agencies to find experienced staff for temporary roles of this sort in the UK and overseas.