Construction Contracts Manager

One of the most vital roles in the construction sector – helping to win building contracts for companies.


One of the most vital roles in the construction sector – helping to win building contracts for companies.

You’ll be involved from the very start of the construction project, identifying, securing and managing contracts; and you’ll see the project right through to completion to ensure work is carried out on time and within budget.

You may be in charge of a large single scheme, or you could be juggling several smaller projects at once.

From new housing developments to major road schemes, you could work across a range of sectors and you’ll be the first point of contact for members of the public, clients, site managers and sub-contractors.

Health and safety matters are a key part of your role and you’ll be the one managing client expectations.

From managing disputes to negotiating contracts, it’s a varied role that is sure to keep you on your toes. 

Top 5 Tasks

  1. Identify, win and manage contracts
  2. Ensure project is completed on time and in budget
  3. Negotiate sub-contracts
  4. Resolve disputes
  5. Manage health and safety matters.


Newly trained Contracts Managers can earn around £25,000 – £35,000, with those trained and experienced earning up to £45,000.

Senior, chartered or master contracts managers can earn around of £45,000 – £70,000.

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 

Am I Suited?

  • Good with numbers
  • Good with computers
  • Leader
  • Confident
  • Team player
Those who are particularly good at maths and IT, along with having natural qualities like a keen eye for detail, are more likely to do well as Contracts Managers.


There are no set qualifications, though employers will usually look for an HNC/HND or a degree in a subject such as project management, construction management or engineering.

You could also be considered from other industries if you have a background in project or contract management.

You would need to carry out continued professional development through seminars and training events.

Vacancies / Apprenticeships

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