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How to Become a Contracts Manager

2nd March 2020

What does a Contracts Manager do?

A Contracts Manager will usually look after a number of sites. First of all, anyone thinking about this work must be able to handle several projects at a time. They will oversee projects from the start to the end. They make sure work is done on time as well as in budget. Health and safety issues are also important in this role, as will managing client expectations. In addition, they will resolve any problems and identify and areas of improvement.

We’ve registered vacancies for clients across a broad spectrum. From social housing to housebuilding and from general construction to specialist sub-contractors.


What skills and knowledge will I need?

Firstly, a good candidate will have knowledge of construction, engineering science & technology as well as building legislation. Secondly, they will have leadership and business management skills as well as the ability to use their initiative and pay attention to detail. Being able to use a computer and the main software packages would be needed. Most importantly, a good candidate will have excellent communication.


How to become a Contracts Manager


Firstly, you could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree. Typical subjects would include:

  • Civil or Structural Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Building Studies
  • Quantity Surveying

The entry requirements for a foundation degree or higher national diploma is 1 or 2 A levels or equivalent. The entry requirements for a degree is 2 or 3 A levels or equivalent. Find examples of equivalent entry requirements here.





Secondly, you could do a higher or degree apprenticeship in Construction Management. After that, you could specialise in contract work. The entry requirements are 4 or 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent.



Thirdly, you could start off in a different department or from a trade background with a construction company. Most importantly, you will have industry experience. In addition, experience or qualifications in Quantity Surveying or Estimating could also be useful.


What is the average salary?

Newly trained Contracts Managers could expect to start off on £25,000 with more experienced Contracts Managers earning £35,000 – £45,000. Its up to £70,000 for a Senior or Chartered Contracts Manager.


How do I apply for my next role?

In 2019 Bromak registered 35 Contracts Manager vacancies. Browse all of our live vacancies here or give us a call and we will be happy to talk to you about your career goals and the opportunities that we currently have available.

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