Whether it’s working with local communities, purchasing office supplies or dealing with logistics, construction always requires support. Communicators are here to offer just that.
Customers, clients and colleagues alike all love communicators because they’re approachable and have a can-do attitude. Nothing is too much trouble.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
- Peter Drucker
Building technicians assist with essential tasks around construction projects and building works. As a building technician, you could be overseeing a range of tasks, from monitoring build progress, to negotiating with suppliers, preparing site plans and estimating costs.
Buyers in the construction industry procure all the materials required for building projects and ensure they are provided on time and within allocated budgets. They play a vital role, as they ensure the profitability of business contracts, by purchasing the most cost-effective and appropriate materials for each job.
Facilities managers oversee the operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds by responding to users’ needs. As a facilities manager, you could be in charge of services including buildings, cleaning, catering, hospitality, security or parking. You will need to ensure that the spaces you control meet health and safety standards and operate as intended.
Further Education (FE) tutors teach students and apprentices over the age of 16. They develop students’ practical and theoretical understanding of a wide variety of courses and train them for careers in construction or engineering.
Higher Education (HE) lecturers carry out research and teach the next generation of construction professionals in universities and higher education colleges. As a lecturer in a construction-related field you will specialise in one area of study, such as architecture, engineering, business and management, planning, surveying or more.
Project managers oversee the planning and delivery of construction projects. They ensure that work is completed on time and within budget. They organise logistics, delegate work and keep track of spending. As a project manager, you’d liaise with clients and construction professionals to arrange schedules and direct activities.
Quantity surveyors estimate and control costs for large construction projects. They make sure that structures meet legal and quality standards. Quantity surveyors are involved at every stage of a project. Whether they’re working on residential, commercial or industrial projects, clients rely on them to ensure that the final outcome is value for money.
A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) coordinator acts as a company’s ‘conscience’, championing and developing the ethical, environmentally-friendly, and community-minded side of a business. The job involves creating links between a business and the community, raising positive awareness of the organisation's commitment to sustainable social responsibility.
A plant support services coordinator is responsible for the organisation of teams of engineers to ensure that a project is correctly allocated the necessary resources to ensure it runs smoothly and to schedule. This usually involves scheduling visits to undertake service work on plants.
A tunnelling section engineer is involved in the planning and design of tunnelling projects. This can involve designing tunnel structures and procuring the materials needed to construct them.
Conveyancing advisors are property lawyers who transfer ownership of property from one owner to another (for either businesses or individuals). They are responsible for ensuring titles to the property are transferred from seller to purchaser and advise on any legal issues with the property.
Administrators support the smooth running of offices by carrying out clerical tasks and projects. As an administrator in the construction industry, you could be organising project meetings. You’d be typing up documents, responding to business enquiries, drawing up contracts and providing customer service. You are likely to be processing lots of information using a computer, so you’ll need strong IT skills. Excellent communication skills are also important, to ensure the office operates efficiently. There is huge scope for career progression as an administrator, in a variety of settings.
Asset managers manage and monitor a company’s assets. This could include property, money, stocks, shares and bonds, commodities, equities and other financial products. As an asset manager, you’d aim to maximise your employer’s return on investment. You’d ensure that their projects improve income and financial stability.
Learning and development managers handle the training and professional development of company employees. They make the most out of people’s talents and help them develop to their full potential. They also keep a strong focus not just on what the learner wants and needs, but also on the needs of the organisation.
Legal advisors provide companies with guidance in matters relating to law. Within the construction industry, a legal advisor would assist with client contracts, draft legal documents and resolve disputes.
Marketing and public relations (PR) officers are responsible for managing the image and reputation of a company. They influence opinions and behaviour, both internally and externally, through various communication channels, including websites, social media, press coverage and more.
A property sales advisor is responsible for looking after the on-site property sales process for a company such as a property developer. This includes tasks such as setting up and maintaining show homes, handling enquiries from potential buyers and producing reports based on sales data.
Planners create programmes of all the work needed on large construction projects and direct activities. As a planner, you’ll oversee logistics, deploy workers, manage budgets and ensure that work is on schedule. You’ll work closely with estimators, engineers, surveyors and architects to keep projects on track and manage conflicting priorities.
In the construction industry, receptionists act as the first point of contact for clients, subcontractors and suppliers. As a receptionist, you’ll be at the forefront of the organisation, greeting guests and contractors, and responding to phone and email enquiries. You’ll need excellent people skills to provide high-quality customer service.
Plant hire desk controllers are responsible for arranging plant, tool and machinery hire to customers and construction companies. As a plant hire desk controller, you’ll be expected to have excellent customer services skills and develop professional relationships with clients.