Site Managers are critical to site preliminaries including setting out the site and organising facilities, planning the project and, above all else, ensuring that they meet agreed specifications, budgets and timescales and to oversee building work. Other titles for the same role can be Construction/Site Supervisor or Site Agent.
Working to the highest health and safety standards is a pre-requisite in an inherently dangerous industry. In fact many employers will look for a track record in achieving high scores in not only health and safety, but also environmental management, BREEAM and Considerate Constructor Scheme.
Broad technical construction knowledge is required which might include knowledge of complex substructures, sheet and bored piling, reinforced concrete and steel frame construction, complex building services installations, facade systems as well as traditional stone and masonry.
The traditional route into site management was on a time-served basis, typically having undertaken an apprenticeship in a building trade and then taken management responsibility as a Foreman before ascending to site management.
Although this route is still open, many Universities offer specific course (including Construction Management) and graduates will often join businesses as Assistant Site Managers. This formalisation of the education and qualification process sees the CIOB offer chartered status, usually including a period of vocational training.
When we carried out our most recent survey of the UK construction industry, our research showed Site Manager jobs get paid an average of £36,324 per annum. This range includes entry level roles and senior roles not designated as at Contracts Manager or Project Manager level.
As most Site Managers will work on projects with a finite lifespan, the role will inevitably mean working in different locations, often determined by the company order book. For example, a Midlands based role might involve working in Oxford, then transferring to Nottingham and then on to Wolverhampton, so a degree of flexibility is required.
We have more than a decade of experience in placing Site Managers in jobs across the UK as well as in international roles. Here at Fusion People we are committed to ensuring the right people are matched with the right jobs and this is summarised in our company ethos “Because the right people make a real difference”, therefore when it comes to finding the perfect role for your site manager career Fusion People should be the first port of call.
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