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Knowing How and When to Hire a Construction Superintendent Versus Project Manager

What the Differences Are and How to Know Which One to Hire Next

Luxury Builders Often Ask Themselves, “Who Should We Hire Next ~ A Project Manager or a Superintendent?”

Before you decide which position you are going to try to hire for next, it’s important to understand exactly what each position is, and what it is not meant to be. Need a team of excerpts to help with your hiring needs? Click here to learn more about CLB Hire and how our proven process attracts and lands the top 5% key talent in the construction industry.

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What’s the difference? 

The primary difference between a Construction Superintendent and a Project Manager is that Construction Superintendents work on build sites alongside their construction workers, whereas Project Managers typically oversee the administrative aspects of a project, and as such, work off site. A Construction Superintendent supervises the job site, whereas a Project Manager monitors the process and progress from a distance, handling problems and making decisions. 


Why the difference? 

Just as an owner should work on— but not in— their business, a Project Manager should work on the project plan, not in the project plan. One Project Manager can support multiple projects, while a Superintendent should be focused on executing a single project.

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How to choose which one to hire ...

So, now that you know the difference between a Project Manager and a construction Superintendent, how do you know which one is the best fit for your team? Assess your current situation. To decide which to hire, you need to be aware of the skills and resources that your team already possesses. It is also important to consider whether you’ve got redundancy built into your company, what the growth plans for the future are, and how you can build tomorrow’s team today. Finally, figure out what you can do to avoid hiring for a hybrid role, making sure you have determined which kind of worker is more vital for your current situation. 

After you’ve achieved clarity about what is most important for your construction company right now, make sure the job description for your listing is also clear, in order to attract the appropriate applicants. 

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