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A commercial manager is the senior person who manages the budget and keeps on top of all the costs involved in large-scale construction projects.

Average salaries are in the region of £26,000.00 to £80,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A commercial manager is the senior person who manages the budget and keeps on top of all the costs involved in large-scale construction projects.

What they do

A Commercial Manager is responsible for the financial management of projects, recognizing business opportunities and putting together bids to win new business as well as negotiating and agreeing contracts which can be worth millions of pounds.

Commercial managers also continuously work to strategically expand, preserve or improve procedures, standards or policies whilst sticking to regulatory guidelines.

Commercial managers typically have a Quantity Surveying degree background, and a number of years’ experience in the construction industry, however, you can successfully move into a Commercial Manager role from an Engineering background with the relevant related experience.


  • Newly trained commercial managers can earn in the region of £27,000 - £35,000
  • Trained with experience commercial managers can earn in the region of £35,000 - £57,000
  • Senior, chartered or master commercial managers can earn in the region of £57,000 - £70,300

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status. 

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Qualifications & Training

Most Commercial Managers are from a Quantity Surveying degree background if you are already qualified in a related career (such as a quantity surveyor) you need to demonstrate significant experience in managing construction projects to become a Commercial Manager. This includes evidence that you have had extra training and development since you obtained your initial Quantity Surveying qualification. This is included in continuous professional development (CPD).

Some other degree courses can lead to this construction career, including building studies, building engineering, construction engineering management and building technology.  

These type of courses cover subjects as varied as construction design and technology, commerce, contract law and building materials.  You learn all about management and the practicalities of running a project. At the same time you are taught economics, cost accounting and computer systems. 

Information technology is increasingly important for managers working on construction sites and in the office, so skills in this area are vital.

Students often find out more about management roles by doing some industrial experience as part of their course. This may often be compulsory and linked to a subject option or piece of coursework within their related degree. 

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Career trends and forecasts

4780 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 4780 senior, executive, and business process managers (which includes commercial managers) to meet demand between 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand is in the South West followed by Greater London., Yorkshire and Humber, East of England, and Scotland and Wales.

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