Construction Team Leader

Construction team leaders... a site manager’s right-hand man or woman

Team leaders supervise groups of workers on construction sites and civil engineering projects. Besides managing their team, they also work on site themselves under a site manager or works manager, depending on the size of the project. They’re usually in charge of a team working on a specific part of the project or development. They may specialise in certain fields, such as painting, plumbing or electricity. Depending on the size of the construction project involved, jobs can last anywhere between a few months to several years. 

Sectors: construction and civil engineering, property, urban planning 

Monthly gross salary for a junior team leader: €1,500

The life of a construction team leader...

Preparing work sites and distributing tasks each day

Working from an architect’s plans, team leaders are responsible for putting a team together to carry out the work involved. Having prepared the site, depending on any particular constraints on the ground, team leaders start to divide up the tasks. They may also be required to perform more technical or complex tasks themselves.

Monitoring the progress of work 

Team leaders have to ensure work carried out is of the highest quality, making sure each stage of the project runs smoothly and in line with the required deadlines. They regularly report on progress to site managers. At the end of a construction project, they attend handover meetings and ensure the surrounding areas are properly cleaned up. With a few years of experience behind them, team leaders can work their way up to site manager, works supervisor and works manager roles. 

Required skills 

  • Someone who takes pleasure in a job well done

  • Able to lead and energise a team 

  • Good technical skills

Typical educational background  

  • Advanced building qualifications 

  • Vocational building and engineering qualifications

  • Civil engineering studies

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