Job title: Design Manager
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: BE
Salary type: Annual
Salary: GBP £60,000.00
Location: Manchester, UK
Job published: 03/04/2024
Job ID: 67448

Job Description

Role: Design Manager


Location: Manchester


Salary: Ranging from 45k to 65k  (including a 4k Car / allowance)




We have partnered with a multi-national firm who are looking for a Design Manager to join our award-winning property and construction consultancy. This role provides the opportunity to work on a variety of high-quality projects across the UK, in multiple sectors and at a variety of value ranges. The successful candidate will primarily engage with our multi-disciplinary design teams and projects across the UK. The role will provide a unique opportunity to shape how Design Management is carried out on our multi-disciplinary projects. Candidates with experience of running complex projects as a Lead Designer, Architectural Project Manager, or with a Main Contractor experience will also be considered.


What's in it for you?


Their vision is to be ever progressive, expanding our expertise and nurturing our talent through Quality, Innovation & Growth, to achieve our strategic outcomes: 

  • Growth which fuels ideas and opportunity for all
  • Purposeful and meaningful work
  • Continual development and mentoring
  • Empowerment, inclusivity and respect
  • Happiness and enjoyment
  • Openness, honesty and integrity
  • Acting as one team


Your reward is focused on your total wellbeing, with a package to support all aspects of life. In addition to your salary, you can expect: 

  • A healthy holiday balance of 25 days, plus bank holidays & the ability to buy / sell to suit you
  • 3 days a year to give your time to others, volunteering for great causes
  • An inclusive wellbeing offer:
    • Financial – Life Assurance, Pension Scheme (3% Employee, 6% Employer), Income Protection, Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme, flexible choice of Critical Illness Insurance
    • Physical – Free Private Medical Insurance, Doctor at Hand Private GP, Best Doctors, flexible choice of Dental Plan, Cycle to Work Scheme, GymFlex & Healthcare Cash Plan
    • Mental – Mental Health First Aiders,
  • A flexible approach to hybrid working, to suit both you & your team
  • Tailored career development – focused on professional, personal and/or educational


Main Responsibilities (not limited to):- 


  • Plan and programme the development of design proposals by their multi-disciplinary teams across all project stages.
  • Facilitate and chair company design team meetings, technical and cost workshops, and approval presentations.
  • Review and approve drawings, specifications, models, reports, and technical submittals.
  • Advise on detailing, construction sequence, and material / equipment selection.
  • Engage with Clients, statutory bodies, and other stakeholders outside the primary design team as required to serve the project.
  • Develop Design Responsibility Matrices and Design Programmes.
  • Manage RFI and Change Control processes.
  • Utilise understanding of CDM principles to promote good H&S through design.
  • Champion the use of BIM processes across the project team and contribute to BIM workshops.
  • Contribute to bidding and work-winning across the business as required.
  • Meet internal financial objectives by aligning with forecasting requirements and annual budgets.
  • Manage the scopes, onboarding, and design activities of specialist external teams, design and/or design management consultants.
  • Contribute to the development of digital workflows to enhance to the companies multi-disciplinary design process.



To apply for this role, you must evidence:

·         Relevant industry experience from a design orientated background on complex projects such as architecture or engineering, ideally with chartered status.

·         A good understanding of the RIBA Plan of Work and experience through pre- and post-contract stages

·         Be proficient in the use of digital tools to manage the design process such as MS Excel, MS Project, document management platform, and mark-up systems as a minimum.

·         Experience of defining BIM deliverables and programming outputs is advantageous.

·         Be a pro-active leader of teams with excellent attention to detail.


To be successful in this role, you will need to be an excellent communicator who can articulate technical design and construction issues across multi-disciplinary project teams and:

Show ambition and a willingness to work flexibly, both in our regional offices and on-site
Develop personal growth opportunities for the team.
Establish strategic goals to professionalise Design Management for the company
Maintain quality service by enforcing quality and customer service standards, analysing and resolving quality and customer service problems, and recommending system improvements.


Salary on offer will range from £45 - 65,000 PA (including a 4,000 car / allowance)

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