The Role of a Project Manager Explained

Each and every build involves many unique roles and responsibilities. One of the most important roles on any jobsite is the project manager.

Project managers essentially keep projects moving forward. They are involved with the planning and overseeing process, and are responsible for a myriad other tasks and steps along the way. They are organizers and communicators, and basically keep everything together.

Here’s an overview of some of a project manager’s most important tasks within any build:

  1. Planning the Work

    The project manager determines how and when the work will be done, from groundbreaking to the completed project. PMs identify the project’s scope and set a detailed schedule for project owners and the rest of the team, while adhering to the budget and expected outcomes.

  1. Hiring and Supervising 

    Project managers are essentially the leaders of the jobsite. They are responsible for assembling the best team for a successful build. They hire and supervise (and, sometimes, fire) workers and make sure the work gets done.

  1. Obtaining Equipment and Materials 

    Project managers assemble all equipment and materials needed to complete the project, no matter how big or small. While performing this task, PMs always keep cost and budgets in mind. But their goal is focused on ensuring all materials are on-site and ready to go in a timely manner. No one wants a job held up because of a delay in material arrival.

  1. Keeping Things on Schedule and on Budget 

    Because PMs set the timeline, assemble teams, and obtain equipment, they are also responsible for keeping things on schedule and on budget. This means the project manager examines the cost, budget, and schedule on an ongoing, regular basis. They dig in deep, so other team members can focus on their task and hand – and not need to worry about the details. Budgets are usually closely monitored and any additional expense is approved well in advance, so that the timeline doesn’t take a hit, if possible.

  1. Communicating with Everyone Involved 

    In order for project managers keep a close eye on the project and keep things flowing properly, they are responsible for communicating progress to owners, general contractors, and others on the team. They are also tasked with informing everyone when an issue arises, as well as working with all involved parties to find a remediation of that issue.

  1. Managing Risk 

    Construction projects involve a variety of risk factors, including site conditions, design issues, permitting, worker safety, location regulations, and environmental factors. Project managers analyze these risks at every stage of the project and are ready to find solutions where necessary – all to keep things moving like a well-oiled machine.

The Seacoast Construction team includes experienced, organized, and diligent project managers. If you have a project in the works, let us help with your build. Give us a call at 786-433-8740 to schedule a consultation.

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