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Construction contracts manager

Alternative titles for this job include

Construction contracts managers manage building contracts and construction costs.

Average salary (a year)

£27,000 Starter


£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a construction contracts manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject that includes contract law, for example:

  • civil or structural engineering
  • construction management
  • building studies
  • quantity surveying

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could start by doing a degree apprenticeship in construction management and specialise in contract work after you finish.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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You may be able to move into contract management after working as an administrator or contracts assistant with a construction company.

Experience and qualifications in quantity surveying or estimating could also be useful.

Direct Application

If you have project management or contract experience from another industry, like civil engineering, you could use this to apply for contract management jobs in construction.

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Further information

You'll find more advice about working and training in contract management through Go Construct and The Chartered Institute of Building.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • maths knowledge
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • business management skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this job, you would:

  • draft plans and estimates for building work, including budgets and timescales
  • prepare and present documents for tender
  • contribute to work planning, and brief project teams, contractors and suppliers
  • gather information for invoicing at the end of the project
  • supply information to resolve contractual disputes
  • identify areas for improvement

Working environment

You could work at a client's business, on a construction site or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into general construction management, consultancy or become a company director.

You could move into larger scale construction project management through a project controls professional, degree apprenticeship.

You could also work in support services, like health and safety inspection, or you use your contracting knowledge to move into related industries, for example civil engineering.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Study Programme - Level 3 Construction Management

  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Castleford


  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

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