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A Site Manager is one of the most important job roles in the built environment. Construction sites are varied, messy, and hard to organise. To control everything, you need to have a specialist set of skills. 

But what makes a great Site Manager? Well, they need:


All Site Manager positions require certification. These can include:

  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • CSCS Card
  • First Aid Training
  • Scaffold Inspection Certificate
  • Asbestos Awareness

Other courses can be completed, such as a NEBOSH qualification, and these will naturally make any application more appealing to employers.

Communication Skills

Being able to communicate with a team is vital for any managerial role. Delegating tasks and keeping the site running efficiently can only be done with consistent, open dialogue.

Effective Delegation

Construction sites are not solitary spaces; they’re filled with hard-working people looking to get the job done.

A key talent of a good Site Manager is identifying the skills at their disposal, and then assigning relevant tasks to specific individuals.

Looking at the overall scope of a project and breaking it down into manageable chunks will make things run as smoothly as possible.


As well as identifying important skills, a Site Manager should be able to adapt to changes at hand and prioritise which work can be done at certain times.

A sudden downpour might make roofing jobs more challenging, for example, so workers should be moved to where suits them best. Only an experienced, hands-on individual will know when to make the best decisions.


It’s easy to lose track of the end goal when undertaking a huge construction job. However, a successful Site Manager will be able to visualise the final product and motivate their team to work hard until the job is done.


If you’re interested in seeing what Site Manager roles we have available, please contact Charlie Hayden on 07442877363 or at