Construction ManagerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
Construction managers plan, organize, budget, and supervise construction projects from beginning to end. Responsibilities include managing all tasks, finances, time, contracts, quality, and safety.
Construction managers work on residential projects, commercial projects, infrastructure projects, and specialty projects, such as oil refineries, nuclear power plants, and steel mills. These individuals will need to have excellent communication skills, attention to detail, enjoy learning new construction concepts, be good at solving problems, and they need to remain calm under pressure.
Sample job description #1
Duties and responsibilities
Manage Electrician, Service Crew, Service Crew Leads, and Construction Administrative Assistant directly
Work with crews on job sites as needed
Work on job sites as needed
Substitutes as Crew Lead as needed
Assure all apprentices and journeyman are properly licensed and up to date with their CEUs
Maintain a 4.8-star customer rating
Assure all crews are able to meet capacity requirements
Hold an active 01 or 02 journeyman card
Assure all safety measures are followed
Hire and train new crews based off of need. Communicate hiring and recruiting needs with the Human Resources Director.
Hold weekly meetings with direct reports
Responsible for supervising and developing direct reports
Manage budgets through Divvy
Approve direct report timecards and assume responsibility for the accuracy
Other duties as assigned
Required skills and abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Supervisory and leadership skills
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
Education and experience
Highschool Diploma or GED
College degree preferred; experience accepted in lieu of degree
Industry experience is required
Valid driver’s license and acceptable motor vehicle record required
Sample job description #2
Manage homebuilding construction through all phases to ensure the delivery of a quality home
Schedule subcontractors and delivery dates for materials
Ensure all building codes and standards of quality are met
Conduct walk-through inspections and other scheduled inspections with the homeowner
Communicate safety standards to laborers and sub-contractors; enforces safety regulations on all job sites
Maintain a clean and organized jobsite and subdivision
Interact daily with various departments of company, subcontractors, customers, and city inspectors
Attend Construction, monthly and quarterly meetings
High school diploma or equivalent required. College degree in Construction Management preferred
4-10 years construction experience with supervisory or project oversight experience
Advanced training in one or more trades within the residential building industry strongly preferred
Knowledge of homebuilding and construction systems/processes, building codes and Register of Contractor Standards (ROC)
Must be able to read blueprints to maintain quality control and inspect all aspects of construction including framing, stucco installations, electrical, plumbing, etc.
Excellent customer service skills
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of Hyphen a plus
Knowledge and use of a wide range of hand and power tools
Ability to explain complex issues to others in a manner easily understood by both associates in the industry and customers with limited knowledge of construction processes or terminology
Excellent problem/conflict resolution skills, ability to handle and diffuse difficult situations and customer concerns in a positive manner
Sample job description #3
Oversees the hiring, management, and development of Construction team members within their communities
Assures the Builder/Construction Superintendent team delivers a quality product built to company standards on budget and on time
Walks product to ensure quality standards are being met at various stages of progress
Accountable for Homeowner customer delight results of the construction team
Assists Builder and Warranty team with problem solving
Coordinates Builder loading and start timing
Assures compliance with safety standards, governmental requirements, and company policies and procedures
Consistently conducts team and individual meetings with team members
Work effectively with developers, government agencies, and Architectural Review Boards along with internal Division and Support teams
Maintain visibility in the home building business, actively participating in promoting our communities
Approves weekly payroll
We’re looking for a servant leader who works well with others, is enthusiastic, motivated, has a high level of integrity, and professionalism
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred
A minimum of 2 years previous people-management experience, preferably within the home building industry
The ideal candidate
Considerable initiative and drive. Self-starter/motivated
Able to balance multiple and competing priorities simultaneously
Possesses an unwavering commitment to Customer Delight
Previous experience with budgeting, general operations and legal documents
Driven to push for results
Able to see the Big Picture while maintaining focus on the day-to-day details that result in a successfully developed community
Problem-solving skills are a must
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to listen
Team player and team builder
Strong organizational skills
Resourceful and innovative
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a construction manager is $97,180 per year in the United States. Salary may depend on the level of experience, education, and geographical location.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
What actions would you take if the project you are supervising was falling behind schedule or exceeding budget?
What are the skills that a construction project manager must possess?
How would you handle a situation where some of your workers were not using the necessary safety equipment?
What types of construction projects are you comfortable with?
How would you resolve a conflict on your construction site?
What would you do if a subcontractor tried to alter the terms of their contract to increase compensation?
How would you respond to a worker who disregards your instructions?
What factors would you consider before negotiating contracts or rates?
What are the steps that are involved from the beginning of a project to the end?
How do you ensure a safe working environment on a construction site?
What licenses are needed to begin a construction project? How would you obtain them?
Which project management tools do you prefer and why?
How do you measure quality control?
What is your approach to leadership?
How do you negotiate the budget for a construction project?
What is the most successful construction project you have directed? Why was it successful?
Tell us about a project that you planned. Include details about budgets, processes, and deadlines. What actions did you take to receive approval? What was the result?
What are the biggest obstacles you’ve faced during a project? How did you resolve them?
Have you ever managed two or more projects simultaneously? How did you make it work?
Have you ever experienced conflict with superiors? How did you handle it?
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