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Site Manager

Oversee and direct projects in the building and construction industry

What's it like to be a Site Manager?

A Site Manager oversees and directs a variety of projects from the beginning through to completion. Site Managers typically work on worksites in the building and construction industry. Site Managers must have strong project management skills in addition to knowledge of building regulations and occupational health and safety protocols.

Site Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Co-ordinating labour activity on worksite and managing overall site performance of building and construction process, including liaising with sub-contractors and suppliers.
  • Reviewing building practices to ensure compliance with forecast budgets, project management procedures and health and safety guidelines.
  • Implementing and updating documentation as required, such as a site diary and incident reports.
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Qualities that Site Managers need to have include excellent communication and time management skills, conflict resolution abilities and confidence dealing with a wide range of people, from tradespeople to customers/stakeholders and supervisors.

What can I earn as a Site Manager?

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The most common salary in AUS for a Site Manager is between $120k and $140k
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How to become a Site Manager


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Site Managers are usually qualified tradespeople who also have several years experience being employed on worksites. Specialised qualifications in building and construction management may be highly valued by employers.

  1. Most Site Managers begin as entry-level employees in the building and construction industry. Ensure you have your White Card, and gain experience by taking on progressively more responsibility at your worksite. This may include helping managers and supervisors to deliver projects within time and budget constraints.
  2. Complete management qualifications, such as a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50210), Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) (CPC60212), or a Bachelor of Construction Management.

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How do Site Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 40 Site Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.5
Job satisfaction
3.8
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.7
Variety of work
3.9

Latest reviews

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Nov 2018
Building is enjoyable and seeing your client happy once you deliver your project
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Building
The good things
I enjoy being able have a hand with the concept at the start Then take the project on and build the design and hand over to rhe client complete
The challenges
Being organised and planning is a big part of your life
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Nov 2018
Site Management is stressful and unless really necessary for the dollars I would not do it!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Real Estate
The good things
Potential to meet prospective stake holders for future opportunities
The challenges
Staff issues are constant due to the demanding industry it is. Stakeholder issues are constant as minority of workers tend to overide the majority of workers and cause constant conflict issues Human r...
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Working hours for Site Managers

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Weekends
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Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Site Managers?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
9.2%
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Source: LMIP. Construction Managers

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