Construction contracts manager

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Construction contracts managers manage building contracts and construction costs.

Salary Range: £25,000 to £50,000

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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
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University

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

Entry requirements

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

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a higher or degree apprenticeship in construction management and specialise in contract work after you finish.

Entry requirements

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

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Work

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.

Direct application

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.

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Further information

You’ll find more advice about working and training in contract management through Go Construct and The Chartered Institute of Building.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • 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
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a client’s business, on a construction site or in an office.

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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.