Job titles: Site Manager, Construction/Project Manager, Programme Manager, Engineer

The Construction industry is constantly in need of high calibre engineers, managers and leaders. The efficiency of a project can mean the difference between huge profits or huge losses. By applying Military soft skills to a project timeline makes our service leavers stand out from the crowd and bridges the skills gap the industry is struggling with.

All job roles within this bracket will require discipline, leadership, organisation and most importantly time management. Projects will range in scale and cover various responsibilities so outlining the skills needed can be difficult but in essence a strong background in engineering,  great project history and project management will be the foundations to success.

Key responsibilities

Planning – from the outset, it is vital to plan the build process, this means producing a critical methodology and understanding the timing of each stage. Following each phase of the project is essential to ensuring that the project is completed on time.

Resource Allocation – any building project will need resources from bricks and mortar to tools and basic amenities. You must have an understanding of what these are and ensure they are available.

Staff Management – recruiting a team and allocating tasks to relevant managers. It may mean identifying suitable contractors who can complete the work. The important thing is understanding at which stage of the process each trade will need to be recruited.

Setting Benchmarks – an integral aspect of the ongoing monitoring of a project is setting benchmarks to monitor progress, this allows you to identify whether or not the project is on target to finish on time and within budget.

Budget Management – the financial planning and monitoring of the project, continually forecasting, keeping the team informed of forecasts and changes. Managing the scope meticulously, so knowing the costs for unplanned construction work or resources and keeping that set-aside.

Daily Tasks – Daily email checks for correspondence from many stakeholders, arranging and leading on regular team meetings, keeping up to date with any policy and legislation changes

Stakeholder Management – liaising with the clients, other construction professionals and, sometimes, members of the public to ensure all are informed of responsibility and process

Skills

  • Good communication skills, coordinating action plans
  • Problem solving skills, reacting to unseen problems and changes in timelines
  • Decision-making ability, acting quickly to ensure time is adhered to
  • Commercial awareness, knowledge on all legislation and policies
  • Ability to motivate others, leadership and advice
  • Teamworking skills, getting involved to show equality
  • Good knowledge of building methods and regulations

Qualifications

As mentioned before the level of experience required by a client will depict the qualifications required but hands on and project experience is the most important thing in the construction world. Being able to document and explain that you’ve worked on the exact project before is what a client will look for.

If it can be supported by any of the following the this is advantageous;

  • NVQ, BTEC or HND in construction, engineering or industry relevant subject
  • ILM in Management or Leadership
  • Degree level in Engineering or relevant subject (BEng, MEng
  • Chartered Institute membership (ICE, CMgr, CITB)
  • Project Management, APMP or Prince 2
  • LEAN or Six Sigma
  • NEBOSH, COSHH or IOSH

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