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A Logistics and Plant Manager in the construction industry is responsible for overseeing all the hire, purchase, supply and use of machinery and equipment on building sites.


Average salaries are in the region of £30,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A Logistics and Plant Manager in the construction industry is responsible for overseeing all the hire, purchase, supply and use of machinery and equipment on building sites.

What they do

Logistics and Plant Managers coordinate heavy machinery and equipment used on major civil engineering projects, construction and house building sites, roadworks, demolition sites, quarries and railways.

These include 180 and 360-degree excavators, earth moving bulldozers and dump trucks, loading shovels, cranes, compactors piling rigs and concrete pumps.

The Logistics and Plant Manager is responsible for ordering equipment which is required for a job, arranging its transport and delivery, keeping track of who is using the machinery and monitoring budgets and deadlines for its return.

Typical tasks include:

  • Coordinating heavy machinery and cranes for project use
  • Raising hires, sales, quotations and purchase orders for plant materials
  • Arranging transport of deliveries and collections
  • Carrying out road-rail equipment activities
  • Hiring and coordinating plant movements on site
  • Carrying out estimates for materials, tools, plant and labour needed for a construction job and placing orders accordingly
  • Liaising with suppliers and customers
  • Negotiating hire and transport rates
  • Managing staff use of plant materials and heavy machinery

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained logistics and plant managers can earn in the region of £20,000 and £25,000 per year
  • Trained with experience logistics and plant managers can earn in the region of £30,000 and £40,000
  • Senior logistics and plant managers can earn between £40,000 and £55,000 a year

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.

Most full time positions are 40 hours a week. Overtime – including weekend shifts – can be required depending on the deadline of the construction project.


 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

There are no formal qualifications required for this role however it can help to complete GCSEs in Mathematics and English or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals.

Some employers may ask for equivalent vocational qualifications such as the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or plant-related technical certificates.

You would normally work towards gaining relevant qualifications, such as an NVQ or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Plant Operations at Level 2.

There are also NVQs and SVQs covering plant used for piling, demolition, quarrying and road building, and for supervising and managing lifting operations.

Another way of becoming a logistics and plant manager is to take a degree course and then apply for graduate plant manager positions.

Do I need any previous experience?

Some employers ask for a candidate to have experience of operating plant machinery.

This means that one pathway into this career is to first work as a construction plant operator.

Experience of working on a hire desk will be beneficial.

Can I get training for this role?

Once you are working, your employer may offer you training in plant operation.

Want to find out more?

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Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful:

Indeed 

Reed

The number of jobs vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

1190 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 1190 Logistics people (which includes Logistics and Plant Managers) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021.  The highest demand will be in East England followed by North West, Greater London, Scotland and Yorkshire & Humber.

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