A construction project manager is an official responsible for supervising a construction project from the very beginning till the completion of the project. The construction projects differ from other projects in that they are mission-based projects and are completed only after the project is built.
Construction building projects require a broad outlook taking consideration of specific constraints to the design and build of a particular project. In view of this, a construction project manager needs to have some specific attributes which can boost the successful project completion.
Leadership of Construction Manager
Leaders are the pupil of our society who, through their vision and team-building abilities, can align, motivate and inspire people in an established direction. Leadership is one of the prime attributes a construction manager must have and continuously strive for never-ending progress via self-analysis.
Besides, it is important to have an understanding of his/her people, well-established communication at all levels and good judgment abilities. As these will help in making plans familiarity with all the task forces, so these are important qualities that a construction manager must take as his/her responsibilities so as to utilize the people’s skills positively and in a progressive way.
There are several competencies that must be coped up by a good project manager. For example, management of the integration, HRA cost, scope, quality, human resources, procurement, time and risk management are some of the key areas of focus for the development of a successful construction project.
Multitasking is one major thing that construction managers need to do on a daily basis while managing their projects. This ranges from overseeing laborers, material suppliers, constructors to have meetings with the clients and bosses. Although this can be hectic and tricky in cases but this can be easily overcome by strategizing and aligning tasks on a priority basis.
Drafts / contracts preparation
A designer or an engineer is responsible for making the blueprints/drafts of a construction for the owner. But the project manager has the responsibility of making sure that the drafts are structured according to the owner’s / client’s requirements.
Moreover, written contracts are at the heart of the construction industry as they are a way to establish important business obligations and relationships between owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers, architects, engineers, managers and sureties.
The responsibility of the construction manager is to establish the events and circumstances that might affect the obligations specified in the contracts.
Efficient budget and resource need planning
The classification of available money for a project to be spent overtime on different things constituting the project makes up the project budget. Making budgets is another responsibility of the construction manager which enables him/her to define affordability and goals priority in an evidence-based and realistic manner.
Successful construction projects require effective communication and collaborative efforts. As there are various disciplines in large construction projects e.g., architecting, engineering, consultancy, etc., an early important focus of a construction manager should be to appraise the participants so as to build a constructive and harmonious construction team. This way, the manager can integrate creative ideas from different fields into practicality from the very beginning.
The success or failure may rely directly on the terms and conditions of the contract. Effectively negotiating these between owners, clients, constructors, engineers, consultants, and suppliers is one of the key responsibilities of a manager.
It is his/her job to convince both parties for compromises so as to make the project acceptable for all the parties thus providing protection and saving the time for any dispute resolution procedures which may arise in case of non-agreement.
To avoid chaotic-complications and unexpected delays, it is the responsibility of the construction managers to make the teams manage their time and efforts in such a way so as to meet deadlines initiating from the smallest of the tasks. An appropriate way to do this is to review the tasks, prioritizing and aligning them with expected results thus setting stages for successes.
Efficient coordination between different levels of workforces
Coordination is vital for the success of the building industry. Research has shown that poor coordination often occurs at construction sites which can lead to potential delays of the planned process.
Therefore, the project manager should have a formal understanding and motivation to achieve daily coordination between taskforces on a project. An efficient way to achieve this is to conduct regular reviews and analysis and coping with the shortcomings accordingly.
Construction disputes can result from a variety of factors which can be due to contract, conflict among people, strikes, or some other unforeseen reasons such as accidents or extreme weathers, etc.
Again, such circumstances could lead to the impediment of the set goals. Thus, a project manager is responsible for resolving any of the disputes which may arise so as to minimize the chances of a project being frozen consequently.
Keeping clients and team members in the loop
Dissemination of information about the project to stakeholders, sponsors, team members, clients, and partners is an important part of the construction manager’s job.
This is because sometimes the best-managed projects can be perceived as failures if there is not enough communication to keep all the people in the loop.
Risk management constitutes an important part of a construction manager’s job. The capricious nature of the construction industry and its susceptibility to being influenced by external factors can put the project success at great stakes. Not only these can derail the planned goals but they also can be a major cause of irreparable delays.
Therefore, it becomes a pivotal responsibility of the construction manager to analyze environmental, financial, socio-political and construction risks beforehand so as to take prepared and proper measurements if needed.