Michael G is a Project Manager for construction consultants, Davis Langdon. He is about to go and work in Libya. He has a degree in law and then he qualified as a quantity surveyor in order to become a project manager. But now he's more philosophical about qualifications. "So everything's really just a stepping stone... We don't want to know how many qualifications you've got, we want to know can you deliver."
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionJob holders in this unit group manage and oversee major construction and civil engineering projects and major building contracts for quality of work, safety, timeliness and completion within budget; forecast travel patterns and develop strategies for managing the impact of traffic-related demand.
QualificationsEntrants normally possess a degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or substantial work experience at an appropriate level. Further Continuing Professional Development is available in some areas.
- Draws up budgets and timescales for new construction projects based on clients’ requirements;
- Briefs project team, contractors and suppliers;
- Assembles information for invoicing at the end of projects;
- Plans work schedules for construction projects based on prior discussion with architects, surveyors etc.;
- Hires and may supervise site staff, establishes temporary site offices, takes delivery of materials;
- Regularly inspects and monitors progress and quality of work, ensures legal requirements are met;
- Identifies defects in work and proposes corrections;
- Records, monitors and reports progress;
- Forecasts the impact on traffic and transport of new developments (e.g. shopping centre);
- Assesses schemes to manage traffic such as congestion charging and parking controls;
- Examines accident ‘blackspots’ to improve road safety;
- Writes reports for funding bids and planning authorities and acts as expert witness.