Construction

Construction Contracts Manager

Construction contracts managers aid in the contract bidding process and then control the contractual aspects costs of construction projects.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Construction Contracts Manager do?

Construction contracts managers aid in the contract bidding process and then control the contractual aspects costs of construction projects.

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Work activities

As a construction contracts manager, you would:

  • meet with clients to discuss their needs
  • formulate a contract based on estimates, budgets and timeframes
  • prepare and present documents for tenders
  • brief the project team on tenders
  • manage the contract aspects of projects, helping to keep them on budget and within timescales
  • be the main point of contact for clients, project staff and contractors for the duration of a project
  • manage one or more projects of differing sizes
  • prepare invoices and undertake contract administration
  • use contract and project management software.
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Key skills and interests

To become a construction contracts manager, you would need:

  • a thorough knowledge of construction industry regulations
  • business acumen and negotiation skills
  • strong time management and planning skills
  • the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships
  • the ability to multi-task
  • strong numeracy and IT skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a construction contracts manager you would work a standard number of hours per week, which may include some weekend work.

Conditions

You may be based in an office if you are working on more than one contract, or on site if you are working on one large project. You would also travel to meet clients or contractors as necessary.

You would likely need a current drivers' licence.

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How to become an Construction Contracts Manager?

Entry Level Education

It is becoming increasingly important for managers in the construction industry to have completed a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, building science, architecture, or civil engineering. Employers are placing greater importance on relevant education and qualifications as processes in the construction industry become more complex.

To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, physics and business studies would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of construction contracts managers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

More contracts managers will be needed as overall construction activity expands. To ensure that projects are completed efficiently and effectively, firms are increasingly hiring construction contracts managers. Furthermore, construction processes and building technology are becoming more complex, requiring greater oversight of contracts. Increased regulation and standards for building and construction also will drive employment growth.

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