A construction field manager is a senior level construction professional. Overseeing multiple building projects at once, these managers are responsible for supervising the staff at each construction site, ensuring that all projects are completed on schedule and that standards of quality are met.
A construction field manager recruits, trains, manages and terminates staff members as needed. Overseeing multiple projects simultaneously, the manager performs site visits on a regular basis, ensuring that timetables are on schedule and that all safety regulations are being followed. Managing the budget, a professional in this role prepares all estimates, change orders and work authorizations, as well as negotiates and approves all contracting and subcontracting contracts. Serving as liaison between the construction crew and clients, the field manager assures the quality of the project, as well as manages the expectation of each client, ensuring that both the construction staff and the client are happy with the progress of the project.
Construction firms typically promote construction field managers from within. Candidates seeking opportunities with a new company may utilize the service of staffing firm who specialize in the placement of construction and light industrial professionals. Occasionally, jobs at this level may be posted online or in newspaper classified. Additionally, professional organizations such as the Construction Management Association of America provide a variety of resources for members that are seeking a job change.
A successful construction field manager must be able to motivate and inspire project team members to perform at their best. In doing so, the manager must be an excellent communicator, posing superior interpersonal skills. Client contact is also an important part of this job. Field managers must be comfortable interacting with them, providing reports on the progress of the project, managing their expectations and comprehensively explaining things to those not in the industry.
To obtain employment as a construction field manager, a candidate must possess a four year degree at minimum. Employers typically request that a bachelor's degree be within engineering, construction science or a related field of study. Additionally, because this is a managerial role, candidates should possess a minimum of 10 years of professional experience within the industry, preferably managing a project, and/or overseeing others.
In 2009, Salary.com stated that the average annual income for construction field manager working in the United States of America is $83,277. Additionally, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that through the year 2016, "employment of construction managers is projected to increase by 16 percent." This is anticipated as a result of growing activity within the construction industry.