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Site managers: keeping the overview on construction sites

Site managers assume all organisational tasks in construction projects: they calculate costs, monitor the construction progress and coordinate suppliers and external companies. Furthermore, the preparation and monitoring of construction schedules are part of their tasks.

Which opportunities do site managers have on the labour market?

The construction industry is booming, order books are full and the sales of companies increase. Thus, site managers have excellent opportunities on the labour market: Skilled workers are highly sought-after and therefore there are many job offers. In addition, the chances of career advancement are good as well: After a few years, it is possible to become a senior site manager or to hold an even higher position, which further improves the career prospects.

Hays can help you find out more about your opportunities as a site manager – whether you search for a permanent or a temporary position.

What are the tasks and responsibilities of site managers?

Site managers keep an eye on all activities on the construction site. They realise the wishes and meet the requirements of their clients and are responsible for ensuring the compliance with the defined cost plan. The range of tasks of site managers is very heterogeneous, but mainly includes the following:

  • Control and monitoring of all construction activities
  • Ordering of machines and building materials
  • Monitoring of the compliance with regulations related to construction law and labour law
  • Elaboration of time and cost plans
  • Involved in official acceptances
  • Negotiations with building owners

Which hard skills and soft skills should site managers have?

Site managers need to have an academic degree in civil engineering from a university or a university of applied sciences. A degree in architecture may also be appropriate. Studies at a university of applied sciences are more practice-oriented, while a general university degree often leads to a scientific career. Profound specialist knowledge is obligatory for working on a construction site.

Moreover, site managers require a broad range of soft skills, such as organisational talent and communication skills.

  • An analytical way of thinking
  • Team spirit
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills
  • In-depth knowledge of mathematics and statistics
  • Proven expertise in statics, timber construction, CAD planning and building informatics
  • Advanced know-how in using relevant technologies

What is the average salary of site managers?

Usually, site managers have already gained several years of professional experience working as civil engineers. Of course, this affects the salary: While the starting salary is about EUR 43,000 per year, a site manager with long-term professional experience may earn up to EUR 86,000 annually.

Finding your ideal job as a site manager – with Hays

As a site manager, you coordinate all the processes of construction projects – from laying the foundation stone to executing the final acceptance.

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