Organizational Structure of a Construction Company

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The structure of a construction company depends on the size of the business. Property development companies and large construction companies will have a much larger management and organizational team while smaller companies will settle for a small management group, sometimes consisting of one member: the manager.

Construction companies have a hierarchy  on- and off-site
Construction companies have a hierarchy on- and off-site (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Management

The management team is on top of the hierarchy, and includes the board of directors and chairperson (if applicable), the managing director and the directors of the technical and administrative teams within the company.

Management
Management (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Project Management and Adminstration

Next in line are the project and site managers, and the administrative team, human resources included. Some companies will have a sales department and customer-relations officers in addition to a design team that will look after planning and structural engineering.

Project Management and Adminstration
Project Management and Adminstration (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Supervisors

While most companies will hire the majority of the workforce just before the start of a building project, they will keep a group of qualified trade workers in employment as supervisors (gaffers). Supervisors will either manage their particular group of trade workers, such as bricklayers, ground worker, carpenters etc., or they will direct a group of mixed trades within a site-specific project, such as foundation laying and window fitting.

Supervisors
Supervisors (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Construction Trade Workforce

A small group of trade workers or laborers are usually kept on a company's books for maintenance or repair jobs of previous projects. The size of the group of regulars depends on the size of the company, but smaller companies are often more dependent on a regular workforce as they are more likely to take on projects on short notice.

Construction Trade Workforce
Construction Trade Workforce (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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