What does a Site Manager do?
Site managers work on building and construction sites to ensure a project completes safely, on time, and within budget. They monitor and direct contractor activities from start to finish and direct and oversee various contractors and subcontractors from site preparation and foundation laying to the final touches. Site managers supervise the process with a critical eye, provide input on selecting and hiring contractors, and serve as a liaison between contractors and clients.
Site managers keep close contact with clients throughout the project’s life cycle. They accompany clients during site visits and answer questions or concerns about the project’s progress. They are also budget-conscious and identify opportunities to save money by reducing wasteful practices or increasing efficiency. They maintain site safety protocols daily on their site visits and ensure contractors and crew work in a safe environment and follow the rules. They work to minimize risk and resolve violations and potential hazards. Site managers need a bachelor's degree in related fields including construction management or architecture and experience as a contractor.
- Achieve goals by build consensus, engage internal partners, and celebrating collective success.
- Hire, train, and general manage all employees on project(s).
- Provide input into the planning and development of the program.
- Manage project site safety for internal and subcontract personnel.
- Ensure your site is operating effectively. maintain licensing, safety, and educational standards.
- Promote and enforce company's safety mantra at all times.
- Complete site reports and other paperwork on time and accurately.
- Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, computer science, engineering, mechanical engineering or equivalent experience.
- Excellent leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.
- Can collaborate with others with professionalism.
- Conduct site evaluations and risk assessments and provide findings to proper departments.
- A professional with a sound work ethic.
- Possesses technical leadership skills.
Site Manager Salaries
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Site Manager Career Path
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Site Manager Insights
“• If you get a good team to work with your job is enjoyable and team orientated”
“The size and scale of projects was an excellent opportunity for me to develop my early years career.”
“I am very happy here and have a great group of colleagues to work with.”
“You also get to potentially get hired to your client company which provides better opportunities and pay usually.”
“Having the opportunity to work with kids and parents is probably the best part of this job.”
“No chance of progression or personal development unless your related to one of the many managers”
“Great experience to either begin a career in security or to simply work part time.”
“The opportunities I have been given to push my career further and the personal development I have had within the business has been immense.”
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The most common qualifications to become a Site Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.