How to become a... Construction Site Supervisor

Last updated: 05 July 2016

How to become a... Construction Site Supervisor

Why do we need these roles on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project?

In total we are building over 25 kilometres of new tunnel under London. We need a wide range of people to work on the project and construction site supervisors are an important part of the team.

What will I be doing?

You will mainly be working on a tunnel construction site, although some offsite meetings are normally part of the job. You will be responsible for supervising the day to day programme of work at a particular location, making sure that the site workers and machinery operate in an efficient way, so schedules and performance targets are met. Site safety is an important part of the role and you will ensure that the contractors follow required procedures at all times. You will normally have authority on site to direct and schedule work and will in turn report to a senior supervisor, who may be responsible for a number of locations.

A typical day

You will normally work a 40 hour week and there are often overtime opportunities to meet project deadlines. You will spend most of you time on site, liaising with the gang and shift foremen, agreeing job and machinery allocations and ensuring safe working practices are maintained. You keep an overall record of progress against the master schedule and work with your on-site teams to deal with local problems as they arise. You may also work with senior engineers, surveyors and other technicians to undertake specific tasks that are needed at your site.

Useful interests and qualities

You must be prepared to work outside in all weathers and underground as well. Construction site supervisors need to have good communication skills, be able to motivate their teams on site and work well with gang and shift supervisors to get the job done. They also need to able to report upwards to senior staff on progress.

There are no formal academic entry requirements, but this is not an entry level job and you need experience to perform the role. Many construction site supervisors start off as trade and craft apprentices and work their way up to become a gang foreman and then supervisor, as they build up experience, skills and qualifications. An interest in maths, science and ICT are all useful if you are aiming to progress via exams and qualifications.

Pay and prospects

Construction site supervisors normally earn between £20,000 and £30,000 per year depending on their experience and the size of the site they are responsible for. There is an established pathway for promotion to more senior roles if you have the ability and ambition.

Next steps

Site supervisor roles may be offered by our construction contractors as they are appointed during 2015.

Equality

We’re committed to ensuring access to opportunities for groups under-represented in the workforce in terms of their ethnicity, gender and disability so please, give it a go if you have the skills and aptitude.