Pride in the Job:
How it works

How to be eligible for an award and what the judges are looking for

About Pride in the Job

Pride in the Job is the most highly regarded competition in our industry and the most prestigious benchmark for exceptional site managers.

For forty years, Pride in the Job has been at the heart of our core purpose to give consumers confidence in the quality of new-build homes. By promoting competition between site managers, showcasing best practice and rewarding excellence, Pride in the Job celebrates the unique role that site managers play in building homes of the highest quality.

We automatically enter every site manager with a site registered for an NHBC Buildmark warranty into the competition. There are no entry fees or forms.

House building is always a team effort, but the calibre of the site manager has the greatest influence on the quality of the finished home. Winning site managers demonstrate incredible dedication, passion, commitment and leadership.

The competition is fully inclusive and representative of the UK house-building industry with three categories for different sized businesses: small, medium and large, with a separate multi-storey category

What the judges look for


Achieving the highest standards of workmanship from all trades on site throughout the year.

Attention to detail

From the standard of workmanship to the welfare of staff, demonstrable involvement in every aspect, and working continually to raise standards on site.

Technical expertise

The ability to resolve technical issues on site.


Excellent leadership skills, evident from a high level of morale and motivation within the on-site team.


Demonstrating consistent and accurate interpretation of drawings and specifications.

Health and safety

Efficient health and safety controls in place, together with evidence that the welfare of everyone on site is a priority.

Award categories


Site managers employed by a company or group that builds between one and 50 new homes with NHBC warranty cover each year.


Site managers employed by a company or group that builds between 51 and 1,000 new homes with NHBC warranty cover each year.


Site managers employed by a company or group that builds 1,001 or more new homes with NHBC warranty cover each year.


Site managers working on multi-storey projects of five storeys or more for multiple occupancy with NHBC warranty cover.

Levels of the awards

Quality awards

We announce around 400-450 first-round winners in June each year to recognise the best site managers in each category. All site managers with a qualifying site have an equal opportunity to win a Quality Award within their competition region

Seal of Excellence awards

Chosen from the Quality Award winners, we present the Seal of Excellence Awards for each region at our Regional Award events in the Autumn. All qualifying site managers have an equal chance to win a Seal of Excellence Award within their competition region.

Regional awards

The judges will select one Regional Award winner per category from the Seal of Excellence Award winners at our Regional Award events each Autumn. The Regional Award winners will go forward to compete for the Supreme Awards.

Supreme awards

At our Pride in the Job gala in January each year and from the pool of Regional Award winners, we will announce the Supreme Award winners as the overall national winners in each of the four categories. We will also announce a runner-up in each category.