A senior construction manager typically works at a construction site and is responsible for all aspects of the project. While the exact duties of a senior construction manager may vary based on the specific project, they are generally in charge of planning, directing, and coordinating all activities within the construction site. Tasks performed by this manager include overseeing all project design, hiring workers, supervising all workers, selecting contractors, monitoring all inventory, preparing budgets, and preparing estimates. The senior construction manager must report progress to clients and work in compliance with construction laws. A senior construction manager must possess leadership skills, as they are required to give direction to subordinates and delegate tasks accordingly.
While this person is on the job site at all times during their shift, they do not participate in the actual construction. Work hours may vary depending on the requirements of each job, and a senior construction manager must be willing to work in various weather conditions.
This position may require a bachelor's degree in a field such as civil engineering; however, relevant work experience can typically be substituted for education. While few companies require credentials or formal education, some recommend courses and certifications in areas such as construction accounting, hazard management, project scheduling, construction law, blueprint reading, green building, and fundamentals of project management. Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills are needed for this position, in addition to exceptional managerial skills.
Senior Construction Manager Tasks
Manage reporting, including daily reports and compliance documentation.
Communicate across teams and with subcontractors to increase efficiency and track quality control.
Plan and coordinate project activities and schedules, tracking materials and time frame.
Interact with clients, set expectations, and track changes to scope of work.