Design Manager
£50k - £70k + Benefits

Design Manager

Ref: 368| Posted: 10th May 2024

Design Manager - Building / Construction  - Cambridge / Northampton or Peterborough

Plus mix of remote working.

Option to work from offices in Cambridge, Northampton or Peterborough


We are recruiting for a Design Manager to join one of the UK’s most longstanding and successful privately owned building contractors.

Very stable company to join with lots of repeat business and a place on many well known construction frameworks. Good mix of public and private sector work.

Ideal opportunity for long term local regional projects.

Considering both Design Manager or Design Coordinators.




•     Manage the design process during the tender stage, from tender to commencement on site.

•     Understanding the design brief

•     Chair design development meetings during the tender process

•     Fully investigate Value engineering and value creation opportunities and work closely with the estimating and commercial team.

•     Interrogation of enquiry documents, usually in the form of an Employer’s Requirements.

•     Manage our design process via external consultants

•     Close liaison with internal departments ensuring programming and cost management are aligned with design development.

•     Progress design issues within a strict timescale & ensure designers meet information delivery dates. Assist in design deliverables and IRS

•     Assist in the preparation of cost plan/affordability with PQS

•     Attend design meetings & support the teams with construction knowledge & advice on best practice.

•     Attend risk meetings/risk ownership & support the team with advice & best practice

•     Attend client meetings, post tender interviews & support the team with construction knowledge in order to win the bid.

•     Assist the estimator & commercial manager in the preparation of the cost plan, offering advice on the required design issues.

•     Assist the estimator in preparation of sub- contractor packages for tender, advising of design requirements which are to be noted by the subcontractor in the preparation of their quotations.

•     Review design team and Sub contractor design proposals, overmarking (red penning) and commenting on design and construction issues (Bluebeam or similar).

•     Verify & control status of consultants and subcontractors drawings and specifications & maintain registers .

•     Ensure the consultant scope of services, responsibilities and fees are agreed and assist in making appointments.

  • Understand risk management and be able to management the process
  • Understand the issues with the applicable form of contract for the project and highlight where the design process may be at risk.


Construction Stages

•     Ensure designers appointments are completed in accordance with procedures as soon as practical.

•     Produce and monitor a design procurement programme / information release schedule

•     Maintain a drawing and specification register as designs develops

•     Monitor any design issues on the project risk register,

•     Ensure architect leads the technical coordination of all design disciplines

•     Monitor the information release schedule on at least a weekly basis and ensure this is matching the construction programme.

•     As required, attend site progress meetings

•     Ensure that each design consultant provides a regular design status report

•     Ensure designers and design subcontractors produce as built information and O and M Manuals in sufficient time towards project completion

•     Ensuring all design approvals are met to suit the construction programme


To be considered for this Design Manager role you must meet the following criteria:

- Knowledge of Building Sector.
- Previous employment as a Design Co-ordinator, D&B Coordinator, D&B Manager or Design Manager.
- Previous experience in building sector projects such as Commercial, Mixed Use, Residential, Apartment Blocks, Student Accommodation, Hotels, Extra Care Housing, MOJ, Industrial, Education or Healthcare.
- Previous Main Contractor employment.
- High level of communication skills.
- Relevant industry qualification (Degree / HND / HNC etc).


The successful Design Manager will receive:

*£50,000 - £70,000 Basic (Dependent on experience)
*Car / Allowance

To be considered for this vacancy or to find out more information please apply now.

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