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What Makes a Great Site Manager?

26 March 2018 by Nadine Brunswick
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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

There are other courses that 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 to 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 a solitary space; 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 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. But a successful Site Manager will be able to visualise the final product, and motivate their team to work hard until the job is done.