A site manager is responsible for the running of construction projects and supervising those construction works so as to ensure everything is running smoothly and to schedule.They are typically the go to contact on the site, with whom individuals outside the project (salespeople, delivery personnel, the general public) can discuss their questions and concerns.

They are typically the first construction operatives to enter the site and the last ones to leave depending on the needs of the project and what that particular project requires of them in terms of site presence.However, candidates can rest assured that they will be required to maintain a very visible presence at all times. So, what is involved in the job itself?

What does a site manager do? 

Site managers usually begin their post before the construction project even starts. They will be required to set out the site, position vehicles and equipment as required, organise various facilities that are on site in order to ensure the site meets various health and safety standards as set out by the government, and to take a look at the project itself in order to ensure it will meet the builder's specifications, budgets, and allotted time.

It is the most responsible position on the construction site and will often remove candidates from any previous construction or labourer position into a more administrative role. However, that is not to say they will not get involved with the project as needed. Site managers will be required to have well-rounded construction skills in order to cover any sickness or injury. 

They will also take on a strong communication role as they will be required to liaise with various personnel, clients, and the general public as required. In addition to this, they will often need to supervise staff members, motivate the overall workforce, solve problems that are occurring on the site, and to meet with various workers in order to discuss their needs. Site managers will usually find work with larger companies or public departments and these openings can include civil engineering companies, building companies or smaller construction companies and/or contractors.

Becoming a site manager.

This is an educated position where site managers will be required to hold degrees in construction management or engineering. This will be required in order to gain chartered status through the Chartered Institute of Building too.In addition to this requirement, gaining chartered status will require candidates to be employed as site managers for a set period of time through an approved, regulated employer. It is also possible to land a site manager job by holding a non-construction degree, but candidates will be required to top up their education by taking the Graduate Diploma Programme through the CIOB.

It is also possible to take a more applied approach to the academic requirements, too. BTEC courses offer progression into site management level studies, where completion of the course will grant candidates with chartered status immediately upon completion.  Work experience is generally required, too. Candidates will need to have been employed within a construction-level role for a period of between three to five years in order to be considered as prospective site managers through an employer offering company sponsorship. Speculative applications can also be made when candidates are within their degree programme, too, which is especially useful in gaining employment within a smaller company as candidates are bringing the most up to date skills possible to their business.

Working conditions and salary.

Site managers can expect a standard 40-hour working week when employed during a project, but this will often require evening and/or weekend work in order to fill the needs of the project. Candidates should also be prepared for working in various inclement weather conditions, especially during the earliest phases of a project where roofing has not been installed (which could also require working at heights in order to perform the necessary safety inspections). 

Those who are employed full time can expect salaries between £35,000 and £43,000 according to recent statistics. Those who are employed in London have the highest chance of securing the most well-paid positions, whereas those in the north-eastern parts of England tend to be paid closer towards the starting rate.