Hire a Construction Project Manager

How To Hire a Construction Project Manager

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The success of a construction project depends on several things such as the construction team, planning, and above everything else, the construction project manager. The construction manager is the bridge between the project, team, and project owner.

Construction managers are responsible for supervising the entire project, planning, budgeting, and seeing the project through to completion. This means that when starting a construction project, you need to make sure that you have a good construction manager.

Unfortunately, most construction project owners do not know how to hire a construction manager. Making the wrong hire is one of the main reasons for the failure of construction projects. 

Here are several things you need to look at to hire the right construction manager;

Technical Knowledge

Technology has infiltrated every industry and changed how they operate. The construction industry has not been spared. Today, construction projects are relying on technical tools and equipment to streamline their operations.

You, therefore, need a construction project manager who embraces technology. The right manager understands the importance of automating operations and investing in tools that will ease their work,

For instance, construction management software is an essential tool for every construction manager. The right manager should understand the best construction management platforms available in the market and use them in their work.

Team Player

No matter how good a construction project manager is, they cannot handle all construction project tasks alone. They work with other people from the time the project is started to the time it is completed.

They, therefore, need to embrace teamwork and delegate tasks to other team members. Since they are the supervisors overseeing the construction project, they need to make sure that every person in the team understands their roles.

Team players make sure that they are available for their team members. Your construction manager should, therefore, represent your interests and work closely with all other team members. You need a team player to lead your construction project. 

Good in Communication

Communication is one of the things that can make or break a project. It plays a vital role in the success of a construction project. Imagine hiring a construction manager who cannot communicate with his team members! This would lead to the failure of your project.

When hiring a construction project manager, make sure to look for one who is not worried about the style of communication they use with their team members. Instead, look for one who uses what each team member prefers. 

This might involve implementing a multichannel communication system. You should also get a manager who understands that communication is not only important between himself and his team, but also between himself and you, the project owner.


This is an important part of the job description of a project manager. Since they are responsible for the success of the entire project, project managers need to come up with a detailed plan showing how everything will work out. 

A good construction project manager knows that they need two types of project plans. One of the project plans is used to communicate with team members about all the activities that will take place during construction and the dates of completion of different milestones.

The other plan is supposed to communicate with the project owner as well as the construction company. 

It should not be very detailed but should be clear on milestones and the dates of completion of each one of them as well as budget expectations. This plays a role in helping you save money with construction project managers.

Risk and Problem Resolution

When starting a construction project, you might plan everything well and have a good project construction manager to make sure that things go on as planned. However, just like in any other project, problems might occur.

For instance, there might be delays in the delivery of construction materials, meaning that certain milestones might not be completed on time. You might even have problems with some of the team members, leading to delays.

A good construction project manager should be ready to handle any problems that might arise. They should be willing to take risks and solve problems to ensure that the entire project is delivered on time.

In conclusion, you need to make sure that you have the right construction project manager when starting a construction project. Following the tips discussed above, you can get one who meets your requirements.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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