How to write a Construction Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Construction Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Construction Manager job titles

    Construction Manager
    Lead Construction Manager
    Commercial Construction Manager
    Construction Manager (Part-Time)
    Construction Project Manager

Construction Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Construction Manager job summary

Our general contracting firm focuses on residential construction and remodeling, specifically for green building standards. Our clients appreciate our attention to detail and our commitment to the use of sustainable, high-quality materials. We’re looking for a Construction Manager with similar values and beliefs who can translate his or her expertise and skills to our green building initiatives. Experience with both new construction and green remodeling practices will make you an excellent fit for our team. You will be responsible for overseeing multiple projects at once and communicating directly with our senior management team.

Construction Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Construction Manager responsibilities

    Manage job sites for both new construction and remodeling projects
    Create schedules for construction crew and ensure all projects are fully staffed
    Hire full-time and temporary laborers to contribute to each project
    Create and manage the budgets for each project, including supplies, materials and labor
    Oversee subcontractors and vendors to ensure quality standards are met
    Pursue continuing education in green building practices
    Ensure safety guidelines are followed on all job sites
    Maintain constant communication with clients through home closing process

Construction Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Construction Manager skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field
    3+ years’ experience in new construction and in a supervisory capacity
    Some experience with remodeling projects preferred
    Working knowledge of green building practices highly desirable
    Ability to manage multiple projects at once with no decline in quality control
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    Bilingual a plus

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