A Project Manager is the person who has the overall responsibility for the successful project operation including initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project.
The Project Manager is responsible for development of the project goals and objectives with key project team members in accordance with the company policy, and to share with internal and external organization. The ability to adapt to the various internal procedures and the project procedures and requirements, and to set up the specific project baselines including the project execution plans and key procedures to achieve the project goals and objectives. The Project Manager establishes the project organization with qualified members, and share the roles and responsibilities for each team and members ensuring that the key issues of cost, time, quality and safety, and client satisfaction.
The Project Manager is the only point of contact for the stakeholders and a focal point for a client communication to determine and implement the exact needs of the client, based on the contract terms and conditions.
The Project Manager may need to have: leadership; communication; fast work pace and decision making, complexity and problem solving, business acumen, planning, personal knowledge and experience, initiative and independence, adaptability, tolerance for stress, client focused.
Site Manager (Construction Manager)
A Site Manager (or Construction Manager) is an overall responsible for management at the construction site. The Site manager is required to keep within the timescale and budget of a project, and manage any delays or problems encountered on site during a construction project. Also involved in the role is the managing of quality control, health and safety checks and the inspection of work carried out.
The Site Manager involves the project initiation and planning stage as a home office construction planning before site activities are commenced, and is responsible for managing communications between all parties involved in the site development of the project. The Site Manager is required to deal with inquiries and communication with the public.
The Site Manager ensures that drawing and materials are delivered on time and that construction resources such as construction subcontractor, construction equipment and tools, and required procedures, and construction utilities, and so on are available on the work site. The Site Manager is responsible for the construction budget, also for meeting with consultants, clients, engineers and inspectors including the day-to-day on site running of a construction project.
The main difference between these two positions are the level of responsibility and authority. The Site Manager (Construction Manager) directly oversees the day-to-day construction activities, while the Project Manager might supervise the Site Manager. The Project Manager has more authority and responsibility than a Site Manager. The Project Manager oversees the Project from initiation to completion, while the Construction Manager is responsible for the construction activities.