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The contracts engineer’s role is to develop bids and contracts to make sure that the project meets the customer’s needs. They will also be involved in ensuring that work as carried out as agreed in the contract.


Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £50,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

The contracts engineer’s role is to develop bids and contracts to make sure that the project meets the customer’s needs. They will also be involved in ensuring that work is carried out as agreed in the contract.

What they do

This involves research, negotiation and on-going review meetings to make sure all parties involved are aware of their responsibilities. They will also assist in getting all parties to agree on what will be delivered, to what standard, and when by. 

The contracts engineer needs to liaise with many different parties including technical and financial staff, sub-contractors, legal teams and the client’s own representatives.

Once agreed, the work will be monitored to make sure it progresses as laid down in the contract, and the contracts manager will be responsible for managing any issues that arise along the way, and ensuring that the client is fully satisfied at the end of the project.

Typical tasks include:

  • Acting as the key contact point with the customer from initial discussions to delivery of the project
  • Discussing, reviewing and negotiating the terms of the contract
  • Managing schedule and budget
  • Working with 3rd parties to ensure that everyone understands their role and responsibilities
  • Dealing with any unexpected costs that may exceed those agreed in the budget
  • Handling any problems raised by the client
  • Attending site meetings to monitor progress
  • Making sure the project meets agreed technical standards
  • Managing the final invoicing process

Hours & Salary:

This role usually involves working standard office hours, Monday-Friday. There may be occasions when it's necessary to work late, especially in more senior roles. 

  • Newly trained contracts engineers can earn in the region of £25,000-£27,000
  • Trained with experience contracts engineers can earn in the region of £30,000-£50,000
  • Senior, chartered or master contracts engineers can earn in the region of £50,000-£70,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. 


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Qualifications & Training

There are a number of routes that can lead to a position as contracts engineer but many enter via a graduate training scheme. This will require a degree or equivalent in a subject such as:

  • Building studies and building engineering
  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Construction management
  • Business studies

Once in position, further qualifications can also be gained through the wide range of programmes offered by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). These include:

  • Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations (NVQ/SVQ L3)
  • Foundation degree in Professional Practice in Construction Operations Management
  • Diploma in Project Control Practice (L5)
  • Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management (NVQ/SVQ L6)

 

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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 other construction professionals and technical staff (which includes contracts engineers) to meet demand between 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Scotland.

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