Construction contracts managers manage building contracts and construction costs.
Salary Range: £25,000 to £50,000
How to become a construction contracts manager
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject that includes contract law, for example:
- civil or structural engineering
- construction management
- building studies
- quantity surveying
You’ll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You may be able to do a higher or degree apprenticeship in construction management and specialise in contract work after you finish.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You may be able to move into contract management after working as an administrator or contracts assistant with a construction company.
Experience or qualifications in quantity surveying or estimating could also be useful.
If you have project management or contract experience from another industry, like civil engineering, you could use this to apply for contract management jobs in construction.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- maths knowledge
- leadership skills
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- business management skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- have a full driving licence
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- putting together plans and estimates, including budgets and timescales
- preparing and presenting documents for tender
- contributing to work planning, and briefing project teams, contractors and suppliers
- gathering information together for invoicing at the end of the project
- supplying information to resolve any disputes
- identifying areas for improvement
You could work at a client’s business, on a construction site or in an office.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress to general construction management, consultancy or become a company director.
You could also move into support services, like health and safety inspection, or you could use your contracting knowledge to move into other sectors.