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Design Manager

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Job Description

Our client is a dynamic and progressive construction company delivering schemes in a mix of fields including commercial, multi-bed residential, industrial, leisure.

They are currently in a strong period of growth and looking to recruit for a Design Manager to join this ambitious, dynamic and innovative business where Directors and Senior Management champion a supportive culture which is displayed via its hands on involvement in all schemes.

Ahead of a collection of city centre residentiald and commercial schemes in Manchester, they now require a Design Manager who has worked on previous prestigious schemes of this type with values circa £20m to £50m per project.


With a flexible approach to supporting all company activities, preferably but not limited to:

* Managing the development and implementation of design proposals ensuring they meet customer requirements, including budget constraints, presenting proposals for approval to the customer. The design should deliver:

* Safety in construction and use
* Quality within affordable parameters
* Ease of maintenance, energy efficiency with minimum environmental impact
* Innovation to meet customer goals and positive impact on the local community

* Compile Contractor's Proposals for contract
* Agree appointments and scope of service for Design Team
* Liaising with the Project Planner, lead the development and management of the design deliverable schedules for each design discipline and coordinate these with procurement and construction programmes
* Liaising with the Commercial team, lead the development and implementation of design proposals, data, bid deliverables and reports within both the constraints of the contract (inclusive of BIM requirements) and internal commercial objectives
* Manage and ensure effective briefing of the Design Team including M&E elements. This includes, where necessary, the management of any 3rd parties, sub-contractor CPD elements or novated design teams to ensure that they meet all customer specification and all design interfaces are captured, and where necessary, checking the competence and resources of any incumbent design teams or 3rd parties
* Provide advice and guidance on the "buildability" of the design proposals to the design and construction teams on all packages
* Clearly communicate expectations for design deliverables with designers
* Report progress against the design deliverables programme/schedule
* Liaise with and manage submittal requirements to Client representatives, design team and third parties such as statutory bodies/authorities as required (e.g. town planning, building control and utilities)
* Organise, chair and minute design co-ordination, progress and technical workshops with the Client, design team and sub-contractors
* Review and implement (with the support of a Document Controller) design management protocols, inclusive of electronic document control system
* Compile O&M manuals
* Capture and share best practice from the bid/project across the business
* Proactively contribute to the iterative process of reducing risk and identifying opportunities to improve profitability
* Support the delivery of the Sustainability activities
* Identify & Manage any VE opportunities to provide any commercial & programme advantages
* Identify & Manage any offsite/prefabrication opportunities to reduce on site risk
* Provide input into the procurement schedule/programme to ensure that required design periods and IRS are included


* 10 years' construction experience with a top tier Contractor
* Five years' experience as a Design Manager, working on commercial/high-rise/commercial/mix-use sectors
* Experience of working on Residential projects desirable
* An understanding of the construction process from pre-construction/tender stages through to handover
* Excellent understanding of BREEAM and Value Engineering principles
* Previous construction industry experience in the role of Design Manager
* Working knowledge of BIM requirements
* The ability to develop strong personal relationships with clients/consultants and staff
* Excellent communication and presentation skills at all levels
* Excellent IT Skills - Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word and Power Point
* Able to meet deadlines
* In depth knowledge of working with electronic document management systems including ASITE & 4 Projects
* Proven experience in delivering design services, successfully implanting design strategies as well as relevant project experience
* The individual should have a desire to continuously pursue innovation and development
* Good interpersonal and communication skills, coupled with the ability to form effective working relationships
* Experience within the most current forms of procurement
* Detailed knowledge of codes of practice and other regulatory material
* Numeracy and bid/report writing
* Capable of taking ownership of tasks and communicating outcomes with clarity
* Strong work ethic
* Holds a current driving
* Demonstrates a passion and excitement for his/her work
* Tackles problems head-on and resolves without delay
* Shares knowledge, ideas and expertise with others
* Is committed to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers
* Relevant Professional membership with an appropriate institute, e.g. RIBA, BIBSE, IET
* A valid CSCS card is a requirement

If you'd like to hear more about this excellent career opportunity then please get in touch. On offer is a highly competitive salary, package and bonus.

Sorry, this job has now been closed and will no longer be taking applications.

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