When embarking on a construction project it can be an incredibly exciting but also stressful time. It helps to know that you’re working with a team who is professional, knowledgeable, and secure in their roles. This goes for every person, from the company owner to the project manager. Construction project managers have a role that the average outside person may not completely understand, especially since they handle so many tasks, from pre-construction services onward, and are responsible to so many stake holders at the same time. Let’s take a quick look at their roles and responsibilities on the average project.
The project manager’s job begins early in the pre-construction time. Much of their job involves helping to determine and draft the plans and documents before the project even gets started. They will be involved in reviewing and understanding the scope of the whole project, planning for the needs of the different parts of the project, including materials and workers, creating the deliverables roadmap that the project will follow, and estimating costs. They will be expected to help set goals but also to monitor and track progress during the project. Finally, the project manager will also be responsible for all of the draft contracts, for the entirety of the project and down to individual contracts with suppliers.
In addition to the planning tasks, there are also ongoing tasks during construction. The project management team will manage the human assets, performing the tasks of hiring, supervising, and firing as well as managing disputes. They manage most of the ongoing communication, keeping the owners, contractors, and other stakeholders in the loop throughout the project. They are also responsible for managing materials and keeping the project running on time and within the set budget. Finally, a good project manager is also going to be skilled at risk management throughout the project.
As mentioned above, Project managers have to do the ongoing work of supervising staff for the project, but those aren’t the only people a good project manager deals with. The project management team deals extensively with the stakeholders as well: the owner of the property, the owner of the construction firm, the various managers and foremen, officials who might need to do inspections, and so on. Project managers also have to always be looking ahead to the next project as well, so they may be responsible for touring potential clients around their job site while it is in proress.
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