There are a multitude of CV templates for you to choose from but sometimes sitting down to write a list of duties, skills, competencies and experience can seem like a daunting task, and one which we all put off doing.  Here’s a practical guide for what to include as a site manager within the construction industry.

Construction managers play a pivotal role within any property project, their day to day remit encompasses a variety of responsibilities.  When you’re updating your CV it’s easy to forget to include some aspects of your duties, here a summary of the key duties:

  • Discussing plans with architects, surveyors and buyers before building work starts.
  • Planning work schedule (sometimes using project management software).
  • Preparing the site by hiring staff, installing temporary office, taking delivery of materials.
  • Working closely with the site workforce once building is underway.
  • Monitoring progress, costs and checking quality.
  • Making sure the work meets legal requirements and Building Regulations.
  • Reporting regularly to the client.
  • Main point of contact for subcontractors and the general public.

You’ll need to include a summary of skills and knowledge, which may include:

  • Excellent people skills to work with staff at all levels.
  • A creative approach to problem solving.
  • The ability to motivate your team.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills.
  • The ability to take on responsibility and make decisions.
  • Good maths and IT skills.
  • An in-depth knowledge of building methods.
  • Awareness of health and safety.

You may want to split your skills and experience into specific management skills:

Project management

  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to build teams, resolve conflict, motivate and develop
  • Ability to plan, organize, monitor and if necessary take corrective action on projects.
  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of related company management systems.
  • Able to react quickly and effectively when dealing with challenging situations.
  • Can control multiple construction projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent decision-making skills and the ability to prioritize and plan effectively.
  • Proven problem solving abilities, able to identify, assess, evaluate and resolve issues.

Site management

  • Ability to co-ordinate, control and monitor all sub-contractors’ activities on site.
  • Recommending ways of improving the use of staff, materials, equipment.
  • Extensive knowledge of building legislation and regulations.
  • Up to date with the latest developments and technologies in the construction industry.
  • Practical construction knowledge and be able to work from drawings.
  • Experience of acquiring land for construction projects.
  • Good at logistics, planning and problem-solving.

We will be adding some more CV templates for site managers later this year, if you’d like to be alerted to any career guides email

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