Over the last few months, we’ve given you a behind-the-scenes look at the many roles that work together to complete construction projects of all types. Without the diverse team of dedicated workers, we couldn’t create the incredible structures that we live, work and play in every day. From the jobsite to the office, every project takes an all-hands-on-deck approach. And, it’s the management team that acts as the glue to the construction crew. Construction managers keep the projects on time, the jobsite safe and the opportunities coming.
Construction Managers Keep the Projects On Time
Foreman & Superintendent
Both the foreman and superintendent are essential senior-level employees that oversee productivity on the construction site. As entry-level management positions, these positions are great opportunities for those with a good amount of experience who are looking to transition to the management team. Though their roles are very similar, their daily responsibilities differ.
A foreman supervises a specific trade on the job site, actively motivating workers and leading by example to keep a project moving forward. They provide hands-on guidance and support, delegating and managing day-to-day tasks. Given these responsibilities, it’s evident that foremen need an above-average knowledge of a given trade as well as a proven track record of their own.
A superintendent, on the other hand, runs all aspects of a project, from start to finish. They coordinate the work of various skilled tradespeople, often overseeing several foremen and projects at once. Superintendents often work in an office setting to complete high-level tasks and make big-picture decisions as well as on the jobsite where they act as the contractor’s representative.
Construction Managers Keep the Jobsite Safe
Arguably the most important role on the construction site, the safety coordinator’s number one goal is to keep workers safe while on the job. They attain this goal by a few preventive measures, including:
- Coordinating safety training for employees upon hire and routinely throughout the year.
- Inspecting worksites to meet the standards set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and correcting any hazards.
- Managing worker’s compensation insurance claims.
Construction Managers Keep the Opportunities Coming
Business Development Manager
In order for a construction firm to have projects to complete, they need a team member who is dedicated to finding work. A business development manager is in charge of strategic planning, always on the lookout for new opportunities.
A business development manager coordinates with internal team members, including the marketing team, technical staff and other management, but most of their work is external. They prioritize prospecting for new clients through things like networking, cold calling and advertising.
Not only must they seek out new opportunities, they must also maintain the professional relationship with current clients, always showing potential solutions to continue to grow together. Business development managers must be naturally persuasive and relatable as they must create good rapport without seeming pushy.
Across all these positions we overviewed today as well as every role from CEO to project manager, every member of a construction management team should have a broad knowledge of skilled trades and the industry as a whole. As a senior-level role, experience in the field is a must. It is only after a person has proven themselves that they can be promoted to management. And, once an individual has reached a management level position, they must show they are capable of both big-picture thinking and precise attention to detail. Together, the management team leads a construction company to success.
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