Organizational Structure of a Construction Company

by Petra Turnbull; Updated September 26, 2017
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About the Author

Based in the U.K., Petra Turnbull has been working as a journalist since 1989. Her articles on the film and book trades have been published in "Screen International," "Dagens Naringsliv," "Film Magasinet" and other Scandinavian newspapers and magazines. She now manages her own book shop. Turnbull holds degrees in law and economics from Goethe University, Germany and Oslo Business School in Norway.

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