Logistic and Plant Managers are responsible for overseeing all the hire, purchase, supply and use of machinery and equipment on building sites.
The Role
  • Coordinating heavy machinery and cranes for project use
  • Raising hires, sales, quotations and purchase orders for plant materials
  • Arranging transport of deliveries and collections
  • Carrying out road-rail equipment activities
  • Hiring and coordinating plant movements on site
  • Carrying out estimates for materials, tools, plant and labour needed for a construction job and placing orders accordingly
  • Liaising with suppliers and customers
  • Negotiating hire and transport rates
  • Managing staff use of plant materials and heavy machinery
  • Most full time positions are 40 hours a week
  • Overtime – including weekend shifts – can be required depending on the deadline of the construction project
  • Newly trained logistics and plant managers can earn in the region of £20,000 and £30,000 per year
  • Trained with experience logistics and plant managers can earn in the region of £30,000 and £40,000
  • Senior logistics and plant managers can earn between £40,000 and £55,000 a year
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility.
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal qualifications required for this role however it can help to complete GCSEs in Mathematics and English or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals. Some employers may ask for equivalent vocational qualifications such as the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment or plant-related technical certificates. You would normally work towards gaining relevant qualifications, such as an NVQ or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Plant Operations at Level 2. There are also NVQs and SVQs covering plant used for piling, demolition, quarrying and road building, and for supervising and managing lifting operations. Another way of becoming a logistics and plant manager is to take a degree course and then apply for graduate plant manager positions. Some employers ask for a candidate to have experience of operating plant machinery.This means that one pathway into this career is to first work as a construction plant operator. Experience of working on a hire desk will also be beneficial. Once you are working, your employer may offer you training in plant operation.