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Building / Construction Manager

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€25k > 55 
Site Foreman / Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 55 
Related Information:
Site Foreman: 25 - 30
Site Manager: 35 - 55
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Last Updated: May, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site.

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John McDonagh
Construction Manager  

John McDonagh is a Construction Manager with Lidl Ireland. John completed a Degree in Industrial Design in Carlow IT, followed by a post grad in Off-Site Construction with DIT Bolton St. His job combines his education, skill set and knowledge of German language, with understanding of the Construction Industry.

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The Work header image

Construction managers supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site. They make sure that projects are constructed within time, quality and cost limits. They need to keep track of all sub contractors on site and make sure that all workers have relevant paperwork. Because they work on-site, construction managers are sometimes known as construction site managers or site managers. They work from:

  • Technical drawings prepared by architects, structural engineers and civil engineers.
  • Plans and schedules prepared by planners or themselves.
  • Budgets prepared by estimators and quantity surveyors.  

Construction managers carry out the following tasks:

  • Recruit local staff or sub-contractors when required. 
  • Order materials and machinery at appropriate times. 
  • Check drawings for errors or things that have been missed out that could cause problems. 
  • Write statements of how each job on site is to be done.  
  • Arrange vehicle access for construction sites. 
  • Arrange storage of hazardous chemicals on construction sites. 
  • Ensure the construction site is signposted. 
  • Arrange construction site security. 
  • Write health and safety procedures for the construction site. 
  • Organise and work with different trades people or sub-contractors so that work progresses efficiently. 
  • Solve day-to-day problems as they arise. 
  • Consult with architects, engineers and sub-contractors. 
  • Keep records of work progress and of labour, material and machinery used. 
  • Keep records of problems and their solutions. 
  • Work out extra time and costs that may arise due to bad weather or unexpected problems. 
  • Observe and co-ordinate work progress on construction sites. 
  • Make sure that quality standards meet those laid down in drawings and specifications. 
  • Work with people at head office. 
  • Source the best material at the best price. 
  • Keep all paperwork up to date. 
  • Make sure the standards of work done by all subcontractors are up to standard. 
  • Arrange for maintenance of equipment and machinery.

Construction managers work from a site office that is usually a portable cabin, where all the technical drawings are kept. On a large site, section or assistant construction managers may assist senior construction managers.



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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.


Plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines.


Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.


Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, or other regulations.


Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with environmental regulations.


Plan, organize, or direct activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems.


Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.


Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites to ensure that proper construction procedures are being followed.


Prepare contracts or negotiate revisions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, or subcontractors.


Develop or implement quality control programs.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Management of Material Resources:   Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.


Management of Financial Resources:   Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Developing and Building Teams:  Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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As a construction manager you will need good communication skills and you must be able to work in, and lead, a team. You must be able to work under pressure, make decisions, solve problems and have an eye for detail. You must be able to delegate and give orders.

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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000

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This occupation is popular with people who have the following career interests...

Enterprising  Realist  Administrative 

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Building, Construction & Property

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