Site Project Manager
Site/Project managers are responsible for seeing a project through from the initial planning stages to completion. Their main task is to break down projects into stages, taking responsibility for monitoring and managing the scheduling, costing and risk analysis of each stage.
Site/Project manager salaries usually start at around £25,000 for employees new to the role with the potential to progress to £50,000 or even higher with further training and experience. Some Site/Project managers prefer to work freelance with typical freelance wages paid at £300-£400 a day, dependent upon experience.
Qualifications and Training
Being a Site/Project manager is a highly skilled position and contractors will expect employees to have a good degree and sometimes a postgraduate degree in project management or similar. Experience can be just as valuable as qualifications and it is possible to work up to Site/Project manager level without a degree with relevant in-house experience and on-the-job training.
Role and Responsibilities
Site/Project managers are responsible for seeing a project through from the initial planning stages to completion. Their main task is to break down projects into stages, taking responsibility for monitoring and managing the scheduling, costing and risk analysis of each stage. Anticipating and minimising risk is a crucial part of the Site/Project manager’s role as this ensures that few problems will arise throughout the duration of the project. To minimise risk effectively, Site/Project managers are required to identify underlying assumptions and conflicts and to ensure that all parties have the same idea of the overall project objectives. Site/Project managers will be required to work from an office and on site. The role of the Site/Project manager can often be quite stressful, so the ability to keep calm at all times and to work effectively under pressure is crucial.
Typical tasks include:
- Identifying the ultimate goals of the project through close communication with the contractor and client
- Agreeing budgets and deadlines with the contractor and client
- Breaking down the project into manageable stages
- Organising and managing resources
- Recruiting operatives to work in the core project team
- Managing and resolving conflicts within the core team
- Delegating tasks to each member of the project team
- Ensuring each stage of the project is fulfilled on time and to budget
- Communicating the progress of the project to the contractor and client
Many employers provide on-the-job training to allow Site/Project managers to develop their skills and in order to carry out more challenging projects within the company. It may also be useful to have some experience of using project management software such as PRINCE 2, MS Project or other project management software packages, for example. Employers may also offer employees the opportunity to work towards professional qualifications through organisations such as: The Association for Project Management, Project Management Institute or the Chartered Management Institute.