The Project Manager role is critical to every construction organization because of the individual’s direct influence on revenue-generating activities. Your clients need someone who they can trust on all things design and construction from pre-planning to handing over the keys on a project.
But before you can start interviewing candidates, you need to draw them in with a well-written, accurate, compelling job description that describes the role, the necessary qualifications and experience, and your culture.
Here’s the anatomy of a Project Manager job description so that you can get started finding the right person to take your organization to the next level.
Project Manager Responsibilities
The “Responsibilities” section of a job description is critical because it paints a picture of what the role will be like. Applicants will then be able to decide if they see themselves in the position. The key is to describe the objectives and tasks you expect the Construction Manager to successfully complete on a weekly or monthly basis.
Project Manager Qualifications & Requirements
The “Qualifications” section is where you outline the candidate you think will do the above job the best, the person you can see in the role.
Because this role is crucial to the success of your company, you want someone with experience and past performance. At the same time, management is a field where soft skills are critical, so you don’t want to discourage interested candidates from applying. In the qualifications and skills sections, applicants will be evaluating who you’re looking for and how they match up.
Consider separating separate qualifications into “required” and “desired.” Companies tend to view job descriptions as wishlists, while candidates see them as “must haves.” Noting which credentials aren’t mandatory increases the odds someone who’s 90% perfect will apply.
Defining Your “Nice-to-Haves”
In this section, consider the attributes, skills, or experiences that would make a candidate stand out from the rest. These would be your “nice-to-haves.” Including such a list gives applicants more information to help them sell themselves more effectively when they submit their cover letter to you.
Here are some ideas for your “nice-to-haves” list:
Project/industry experience: Multi-family, industrial, healthcare, mission critical
Project size: Projects<$1mm, projects of $10mm+, or square footage
Region: West coast, Southeast, Midwest, etc.
Hiring is an art — we hope that this information and these tools help you as you continue build the company you want to be a part of.