Contract engineers develop bids and contracts to make sure that the project meets the customer’s needs.
The Role
  • Acting as the key contact point with the customer from initial discussions to delivery of the project
  • Discussing, reviewing and negotiating the terms of the contract
  • Managing schedule and budget
  • Working with 3rd parties to ensure that everyone understands their role and responsibilities
  • Dealing with any unexpected costs that may exceed those agreed in the budget
  • Handling any problems raised by the client
  • Attending site meetings to monitor progress
  • Making sure the project meets agreed technical standards
  • Managing the final invoicing process
  • Liaising with many different parties including technical and financial staff, sub-contractors, legal teams and the client’s own representatives.
  • This role usually involves working standard office hours, Monday-Friday. There may be occasions when it's necessary to work late, especially in more senior roles.
  • Newly trained contracts engineers can earn in the region of £25,000-£30,000
  • Trained with experience contracts engineers can earn in the region of £30,000-£50,000
  • Senior, chartered or master contracts engineers can earn in the region of £50,000-£60,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
Many Contracts Engineer roles will require a degree or equivalent in a subjects such as Building studies and building engineering, Civil and structural engineering, Construction management, and Business studies. Once in position, further qualifications can also be gained through the wide range of programmes offered by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). These include:
  • Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations (NVQ/SVQ L3)
  • Foundation degree in Professional Practice in Construction Operations Management
  • Diploma in Project Control Practice (L5)
  • Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations Management (NVQ/SVQ L6)