Job type

Construction contracts manager

£27k - £60k

Typical salary

38 – 40

Hours per week

Construction contracts managers manage building contracts, building costs and construction projects.

More info

  • Requires good maths, IT, budgeting, and negotiating skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects
  • With experience, progress to general construction management or consultancy, or become a company director
  • Option to move into support services like health and safety inspection, or move into other sectors

As a Construction Contracts Manager you might be responsible for a large contract or several smaller ones. You'll be the main point of contact for clients, site managers and building contractors.


  • Putting together plans and estimates including budgets and timescales,
  • Preparing and presenting documents for tender
  • Contributing to work planning and briefing project teams, contractors and suppliers
  • Gathering information together for invoicing at the end of the project
  • Supplying information to resolve any disputes
  • Identifying areas for improvement
  • You may also have other responsibilities, like overseeing health and safety


You'll work closely with other professionals, like construction managers, quantity surveyors and planning engineers.

The job often comes with a car allowance and other additional benefits. You'll have an office base but make regular site and client visits, within a region, nationally or internationally, depending on the construction project. 

You'll need

This role is ideal for someone with a knowledge of building and construction, good maths and leadership skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects.

You'll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in a relevant subject that includes contract law, such as civil or structural engineering, construction management, building studies or quantity surveying.

You may also be able to do a higher or degree apprenticeship in construction management and specialise in contract work after you finish.

Alternatively you may be able to move into the construction sector if you have project management experience from another industry.

You could also start out as a contracts assistant or administrator with a construction company and work your way up.


With experience, you could progress to general construction management or consultancy, or become a company director. You could also move into support services, like health and safety inspection, or you could use your contracting knowledge to move into other sectors.