A Director of Construction / SVP Construction is a senior-level executive responsible for overseeing and managing all construction activities within an organisation. This role involves strategic leadership, operational management, and oversight of construction projects to ensure they are completed successfully, on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards.

Average Salary Range: £80,000 – £150,000 base

Here are the key aspects of a Director of Construction’s role:

1. Strategic Planning and Development:

2. Project Management:

3. Financial Management:

4. Team Leadership and Management:

5. Quality Assurance and Compliance:

6. Client and Stakeholder Relations:

7. Risk Management:

Skills and Qualifications

  • Education: A bachelor’s degree in construction management, civil engineering, architecture, or a related field is typically required. Advanced degrees (e.g., MBA) or professional certifications (e.g., Chartered Construction Manager) may be advantageous.

  • Experience: Extensive experience in construction management or related roles, with a strong track record of successfully managing construction projects of varying size and complexity.

  • Leadership Abilities: Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills to effectively lead teams, collaborate with stakeholders, and resolve conflicts.

  • Technical Expertise: Comprehensive knowledge of construction methods, materials, project planning, scheduling, cost estimation, and regulatory requirements.

  • Problem-Solving Skills: Analytical and critical thinking skills to identify issues, evaluate alternatives, and implement solutions to achieve project objectives.

Career Path

Directors of Construction typically advance into their roles from positions such as Head of Construction, Senior Construction Manager, Project Director, or Operations Manager within the construction industry. They gain extensive experience and expertise in managing construction operations, overseeing projects, and leading teams before assuming senior leadership roles.