What does a Site Manager do?
Site managers work on building and construction sites to ensure a project completes safely, on time, and within budget. They monitor and direct contractor activities from start to finish and direct and oversee various contractors and subcontractors from site preparation and foundation laying to the final touches. Site managers supervise the process with a critical eye, provide input on selecting and hiring contractors, and serve as a liaison between contractors and clients.
Site managers keep close contact with clients throughout the project’s life cycle. They accompany clients during site visits and answer questions or concerns about the project’s progress. They are also budget-conscious and identify opportunities to save money by reducing wasteful practices or increasing efficiency. They maintain site safety protocols daily on their site visits and ensure contractors and crew work in a safe environment and follow the rules. They work to minimize risk and resolve violations and potential hazards. Site managers need a bachelor's degree in related fields including construction management or architecture and experience as a contractor.