The Department for Business, Information and Skills this week announced that it was looking to recruit to the role by November.
It wants to appoint someone for a minimum of two years, on three days per week. The annual salary will be in the region of £120,000 and the adviser will report into both BIS and the Treasury.
It will not be advertised, and nor has a headhunter been appointed.
Letters have been written to key industry stakeholders including the UK Contractors Group, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, the National Specialist Contractors Council, the Construction Products Association and the CBI’s Construction council.
There are also understood to be some names already in the frame.
BIS said the role was part time to allow the candidate to stay closely connected to the industry and potentially continue in an existing role as well.
But the CPA warned that an appointment from within the industry “could be divisive”.
UKCG director Stephen Ratcliffe added: “We are not absolutely clear how much power this person will have. For instance if you have something like the colleges programme going wrong, will they be able to fix it?”