Profession Overview: Design Management

Profession Overview: Design Management

 24 Aug 2018

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Talk Recruitment are specialist recruiters for Construction Design Manager jobs, with many years experience helping employers find the right hire as well as assisting job seekers through out their Design Management Careers.


Related Job Titles Include:

Design and Build Manager, Design Coordinator, Design Co-ordinator, Project Co-ordinator, Technical Manager, Technical Director and Technical Coordinator.

Industry Sectors Employing Design Managers:

You will find career opportunities for Design Managers in most sectors, the field that we specialise in is the Construction industry and within this industry you will find job opportunities for Design Managers working for Main Contractors and Developers generally within three core sectors:

  1. Construction / Building Sector – This is the general build sector which will include working on projects ranging from Offices, Warehouses and Hotels to Schools, Hospitals and Care homes.
  1. House Building Sector – This sector includes both Private and Social Housing, here again it is common to find most companies employing a Design Manager, however within this sector although it is a very similar role the job title tends to be different and are often known as Technical Managers or Technical Coordinators.
  1. Civil Engineering

        Within this field Design Managers can be rarer to find, generally it tends to         be the bigger Main Contractors that hire them, with smaller contractors         requiring Project Managers to pick up this role also.


What is the role of a Construction Design Manager?

Design Managers job duties will typically include:

  • Brief, select and appoint external design consultants, as appropriate for each project.
  • Manage the technical and design process of the project from Planning Consent to Practical Completion.
  • Provide technical guidance, construction planning and logistic information for bids/tenders.
  • Liaise with Estimators, Surveyors, Buyers and Construction team to assist with production of development fees & utility costs for the construction cost.
  • Co-ordinate technical, design and external Client issues with the Construction, Development and Marketing teams.
  • Act as a key Client contact during the Construction Phase.
  • Address relevant issues with JCT Contracts, Employers Requirements, Contractors Proposals, etc.
  • In conjunction with Environmental Consultant issue agreed sustainability/Code, Pre-Assessment and Energy Strategy.
  • Assist Technical Administrators with the preparation of Health & Safety File and O&M Manuals.
  • The overview, monitoring and reporting on design programmes.
  • Ensure that outputs of all Designers meet all technical and commercial requirements within each project.
  • Identify opportunities and eliminate risk to ensure that projects evolve to meet financial and programme requirements
  • Ensure delivery of the design required to meet the start on sites dates in line with the management account.


How To Become a Design Manager:

Employers will generally expect a candidate to hold a Degree / HND / HNC or equivalent in a Construction related field.

Common qualifications leading to this career path include; Architecture, Building Studies, Construction Management, Civil / Structural Engineering or even Commercial Management.

Previously there was no straight forward academic route for a design manager role. 

It was common for staff to progress into Design Management from a background in other professions typically Architect, Site Engineer, Construction Manager, Document Controller and Design Engineer.

In more recent years given the growing demand for Design Manager Professionals more specific degree courses are now available such as a Bsc in Architecture and Design Management.


How Much Do Design Managers Earn?

UK Salary Banding for Design Managers:

Head of Design Management:                               £70,000 - £100,000 + Benefits

Senior Design Managers:                                      £55,000 - £70,000 + Benefits

Design Manager:                                                   £45,000 - £55,000 + Benefits

Design Coordinator:                                              £30,000 - £45,000 + Benefits

Graduate / Assistant Design Coordinator:            £20,000 - £30,000 + Benefits

The construction industry is very sensitive to geographical demand and as such the salaries above have been based from experience of common salary levels, however certain locations such as London have shown employers paying significantly higher.


Finding Design Manager Vacancies

Talk Recruitment Ltd is a specialist recruiter of Design Managers UK-Wide and would be delighted to assist you with your job search by introducing you to our client portfolio.

Follow the link to view our Latest Design Manager vacancies or alternatively speak to one of our consultants on 0121 748 1433

Also please check out our Design Manager Testimonials page to give you examples of job seekers and employers we have assisted.


Recruiting for Design Managers

Talk Recruitment Ltd are specialists in providing Design Managers on a permanent and freelance basis UK-Wide.

Visit our Employers page for more information on the services we offer and please contact us to discuss your requirement further on 0121 748 1433