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Project Manager Role Profile

Purpose of the Construction / Development Project Manager role:

A Project Manager within construction oversees and co-ordinates all the technical activities of a development project whether that be new build, refurbishment, fit-out or maintenance and is focused on making sure the project is delivered on time, within budget and to the design quality in line within the construction contract.

Due to the varied companies involved within a construction project a Project Manager can be employed by the Client / Developer, Consultancy or Contractor and each will have a slightly different role and perspective.

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Key Responsibilities of a Project Manager:

The Project Managers responsibilities sit around a core framework but will differ slightly depending on whether they are employed by the client / developer, a consultancy practice or the contractor and the internal team structure of a business.As Falmouth Fairfax is a predominately client-side and consultancy focused recruiter the information below will be focused on the role profile within this environment.

 The Project Manager will oversee a project generally from RIBA stage 2 – 6 inputting into the front-end feasibility and technical due diligence and then managing the procurement and tender process for the external consultant teams and contractors and overseeing them through the design and onsite delivery process to practical completion and post build snagging.

 Over the last decade the project management role has become more and more sector specific and therefore project managers as they develop through their career will often become more focused on a particular real estate / construction building type, such as office fit-out, industrial / logistics development or residential build to rent and will build up technical expertise within that area.

 The Project Manager will work closely with the Asset Managers, Development Manager, Quantity Surveyors / Cost Managers and Architects among the wider professional and construction team.

​Typical role responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking technical due diligence on a proposed development schemes inputting the technical aspects into the feasibility.

  • Oversee and manager, in conjunction with the quantity surveyor / cost manager the procurement and tendering of the professional and construction team including: Architects, Engineers (design, M&E, environmental, sound etc), Surveyors (quantity, building, GP) and Contractors.

  • In conjunction with the consultant teams such as project planners establish the project programme, strategies and processes required to deliver the project including design briefs (in in client side / developer environment) and pinch points.

    Management of the contractor to ensure they are delivering to the programme and contract sum and review all contract variations.

  • Monitoring progress of work, identifying and managing risk, health and safety issues problem solving across the development.

  • Reporting into stakeholders on weekly and monthly project progress to include financial, time and quality updates and any issues.

  • Oversee the close out of the project ensuring all necessary certification to allow the transition into operational readiness.

  • Common forms of contract used: JCT (D&B, CM, minor works), NEC (options A – G), FIDIC which can be standard, modified standard or bespoke.

Candidate Requirements:

  • A property related degree (preferably Construction Project Management, Real Estate or Quantity Surveying)

  • Chartership as you progress your career:

    • MRICS – member of the royal institute of chartered surveyor or MAPM – member of the association of project managers if working within the consultancy or client side / developer environment.

    • MCIOB – Member of the chartered institute of building if working within the main, subcontractor or house builder environment.

  • Sound project management, programme management and contracts administration ability to oversee a scheme through the RIBA cycle.

  • Technically astute with the ability to multitask and an excellent communication and attention to detail.

  • Good IT knowledge of MS project (or similar programme management software), Excel, word and PowerPoint for report writing and presentations.

  • Good people and stakeholder management ability, time management and problem-solving skills.



As with all Construction and Development roles the remuneration packages will vary depending on depending on who you work for, your sector specialism (for example industrial and logistics and data centre experience are currently at a premium) and supply and demand.In addition to the base salary most will have additional benefits including pension, health care, professional memberships, and bonus generally between 10% and 50%.Broad client-side project management salary ranges are detailed below:


Role Seniority

Average Salary

Assistant Project Manager

​£30,000 - £45,000

Mid-level Project Manager

£50,000 - £65,000

Senior Property Manager

£70,000 - £85,000

Project Director

£90,000 - £120,000

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