Construction project manager profile
Posted: Mar 03, 2017
Construction managers face challenges on a daily basis. After all, they can be responsible for 100 tasks and upward, ranging from planning and execution to monitoring and control and closure. If you are not prepared and do not boast the skills and qualities that are required, things can get messy and stressful very quickly. Below, we are going to take a look at the profile of a construction project manager in further detail and the skills that they need to have.
If you do not have some of the skills that are going to be mentioned in this post, don’t let it dishearten you. There are many project management training courses available that can give you the help you need. In fact, project management training is something that comes highly advised, no matter whether you are new on the scene or you have been a project manager for numerous years. There is always more to learn.
What skills and character traits does a construction manager need to have?
- Experienced in construction site management
- Organisational data analysis skills
- Knowledge of legal matters and security procedures
- Effective graphic, verbal and written communication
- Tactical and strategic approach
- Understands technical complexity,
- Likes a challenge
- Copes well with stress
- Exhibits ethical behaviour and integrity
- People person
- Motivated and a good leader
- Problem solver
- Aware and insightful
- Mathematical mindset, physics and IT
As you can see, there are many character traits and skills you need to have if you are to be the best construction manager. This is a complex job, which requires you to work on a number of different things, hence the reason why such a wide-ranging skill set is required.
However, as mentioned, you can take training to achieve some of the skills that have been mentioned above, and we also have some top tips to help you be effective in your role as a construction project manager.
Tips to follow to ensure good construction project management
Improve your problem-solving skills – You need to be open to change and innovation, and you need to know how to solve any problems that come your way. After all, there are likely to be numerous problems throughout any project.
Create a teamwork environment – When there is good team spirit, projects run a lot smoother. Co-workers will collaborate more effectively and happily help one and other out if there is a good work environment.
Establish a routine of evaluating progress and deadlines – Of course, the main aim is to ensure that everything goes out on time and deadlines are respected. However, you also need to know how to re-prioritise and re-schedule deadlines and tasks.
Delegate tasks – You should not attempt to take on everything yourself. After all, there are so many jobs involved in a construction project. Your job is to ensure that work is delegated, and that it is delegated to the right people.
Communicate effectively and clearly – Last but not least, for well-functioning project management, communication is a must, and it works both ways.
The author has written and published articles on a wide range of topics including Small Business Advice, Tax and Accounting, Interior Design, House Renovation and Project Management.