What is the function of general manager civil construction?

functions of a general manager in civil construction may vary

Civil construction is a huge industry, from the creation of infrastructure to managing water and landscapes; a general manager in civil construction has a lot of responsibilities. 

Like any job role, knowing what to expect is essential. Whether you have experience in other areas of civil construction or are looking to move up the career ladder; understanding your role and responsibilities will help you be the best you can be. 

While some functions of a general manager in civil construction may vary depending on the section of civil construction, or even the company itself. Here at FBR, we work to ensure that we provide as much information relating to any job role within our industry. 

Here is a general overview of what you can expect to find within the functions of a general manager in civil construction.

General manager in civil construction job description

Construction General Managers are the chief players in the game of building. They are there from the beginning, guiding the project through pre-construction and working alongside the design architect. Keeping the budget on track and sticking to a timeline falls under their remit. In the execution phase, Construction Managers team up with onsite managers for a close-up view of the ongoing project.

As the Construction General Manager, your varied responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Overseeing construction projects from start to stop
  • Conducting a thorough review to schedule deliverables and estimate costs
  • Watching over all onsite and offsite constructions; quality and safety are topmost priorities!

Ultimately general managers in civil construction advise project owners and lead the team of builders, including the general contractor. From keeping schedules on track, to finances in view, and ensuring that everyone is performing their best- a construction manager is a true jack-of-all-trades!

Salary insights 

Like all roles, salary can vary depending on your location. As a recruitment agency, we always work to ensure that salaries are competitive with the local market. Not only do we check the local markets, we also check that prospective employees are going to receive a salary that is appropriate for the role and relevant experience. 

General manager civil engineering salary by location

Location can dictate the salary, below are some average location based salaries for a general manager within civil construction. 

London: £61,271 per year 

Manchester: £53,218 per year

Birmingham: £54,001 per year
Hampshire: £55,000 per year

Qualifications for general managers in civil construction

So now you know what you might be doing or what is expected of you. You also have a rough idea on what kind of salary you can expect, but what about qualifications? 

Like many roles, qualifications are necessary in order to be considered for a position. Some of these may not be necessary, but they may increase your chances of claiming a role or even a higher salary. 

Necessary qualifications for a general manager in civil construction:

Essential qualifications are a high school education and one of the following qualifications:

  • Certificate in site management level 6 
  • Higher national certificate in Construction
  • Higher national diploma in construction management
  • Degree in construction management

You may decide to go down the route of an apprenticeship to obtain one of the above qualifications. 

Nice to have qualifications as a general manager in civil construction:

Like all roles and industries additional qualifications can always be beneficial. For example:

  • NEBOSH certified 
  • Health and safety qualifications
  • First aid

If you are looking for a role in civil construction as a general manager, speak to our expert recruitment agents