Being a Successful Construction Project Manager

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John Bailey | 4/05/16

Unforeseen delays, requests to change the original scope of work and bad weather can all create havoc with a construction project timeline, but a good construction project manager has the skills and temperament to overcome these obstacles. 

Take control - Establish leadership at the start, recognise yourself as the point of contact for the team and the client.  Manage sub-contractors and your existing team with confidence while delegating workload where required to keep your team members busy and the job rolling on.  

Team spirit - A great construction project manager understands the end result would not exist without the cooperation of all workers and team members in a project.  He or she need to make every effort to create an environment of trust, appreciation and enthusiasm. 

Knowledge is the key - Classroom skills such as maths,  IT and excellent organisation and planning skills ensure that the job keeps on track and within the client's budget.  Couple these with in-depth knowledge of building methods and health and safety the job is kept running smoothly; however, accept that no job is the same.  Continual learning of methods and products is needed along with a creative approach to problem solving.

Get stuck in - A good project manager recognises when actions need to be taken to get things done, managing deliveries, supporting teams during busy periods and keeping the site clear and safe are all part of the job.

Reassess and reprioritise - Throughout a project there can be discrepancies in the available versus needed resources, this could include workforce and/or physical resource.  In order to overcome this, the construction project manager needs to frequently reassess the current project’s status and prioritise activities and tasks appropriately. 

Know your job and the client - Do your homework, study the agreed drawings and then take this a step further and take the time to fully understand the clients needs and requirements for the build job.

Be contactable - Building a rapport with your client and gaining their trust is paramount for a successful job.  Ensure the client can contact you within the agreed working hours.

Don't be afraid to make suggestions - Pre-empting and foreseeing elements of the job that need re-working or changing can save the job time and the client money in the long run. 

When the job comes to an end, whether this is a completely new build, house extension, home renovation project or loft conversion, you can be satisfied knowing that you played a key part in the success of a building project.

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