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Production manager or director in construction

Production manager or director in construction - overview

As a production manager or director in construction, you'll be in charge of the resources needed for the building and upkeep of civil and structural engineering works, like bridges, roads and factories. Read our job profile to see what the role is like and what you need to study to start your career.

Learn what the role involves below.

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What does a production manager or director in construction do?

A role in production management in construction typically means you'll work on a variety of construction types, although you may also specialise in a particular area of construction e.g., the building of bridges or apartment blocks. You may be expected to work extended hours to meet deadlines and could be on call at weekends and public holidays, depending on the project.

Overseeing the whole production process, you'll use your organisational and leadership skills to manage all parts of production from drawing up the plans to supervising and motivating the construction team. It's a hands-on job that comes with responsibility so it can be rewarding when it goes well.

What will your days involve?

Daily tasks will vary but could involve:

  • Planning and directing construction activities and schedule
  • Setting quality standards
  • Estimating project timescales and costs
  • Taking stock counts and ordering more materials if needed
  • Writing construction progress reports
  • Motivating construction staff
  • Organising the repair of any damaged equipment
  • Making sure that health and safety regulations are met
  • Carrying out performance reviews

FAQs

How much can you earn as a production manager or director in construction?

The average salary for a production manager or director in construction in the UK is £52,000. Graduates start at around £34,000.

Does a production manager or director in construction role involve travel in the UK or overseas?

You may need to travel in between sites and if the site is far away, you may need to spend time away from home.

Can you work from home as a production manager or director in construction?

You won't get much opportunity to work from home as a lot of your time will be spent on site. However, you may be able to do some of your administrative tasks from home.