Design Manager
Building
London
£45k - £70k + Benefits

Design Manager

Ref: 502| Posted: 10th May 2024

Wanted - Design Manager - Building / Construction / Fit Out / Interiors – London

 

COMPANY:

Reputable Tier 1 building & Fit Out contractor, with a strong pipeline of work, long term local London projects and some flexible / remote working.

 

ROLE:

Key member of the senior project team responsible for the design function and team (both internally and externally).

To manage and co-ordinate the design of complex medium and large value fit out projects (£5m to £30m) from tender stage through to the completion of construction stage design information. To utilise construction knowledge and experience to develop innovative and cost effective design solutions in conjunction with the design team, apply value engineering principles to ensure best value for all parties, and ensure an effective construction phase by applying an understanding of site management practices, interface management, risks, costs and co-ordination.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of undertaking design management activities at both tender and construction stages. This experience will include working on single stage, two stage and negotiated contracts across a range of sectors including education (schools, further and higher), health, commercial, residential, accommodation, retail and industrial.

Responsibilities

  • Develop innovative design solutions to clients briefs with input from the professional team and subcontractors;
  • Develop relationships with clients during early concept stages; manage expectations of the project through regular communication and discussions regarding requirements and specifications;
  • Chair and minute design team meetings and design workshops to arrive at solutions which are cost effective and meet the requirements of the procurement and construction activities.
  • Manage the relationship for the whole project team - with the client, subcontractors and professional team resolve any queries;
  • Understand the process and risks/opportunities related to managing the design with regard to Employer’s Requirements, Contractors’ Proposals.
  • Identify and check contents of Contractors Proposals, qualifications list, design information and marketing documentation for the tender and then be able to deliver compliant design within these parameters.
  • Adopt a proactive approach to value engineering throughout the design phase, by keeping up to date with latest construction techniques and legislation;
  • Develop and utilise scope sheets for each package in conjunction with Project and Commercial Managers to align with duties schedule and utilise these to feed design and procurement programmes and direct design team;
  • Develop and manage the programmes for the production of information for both procurement and construction purposes. Be able to control information flow to suit these parameters from consultants and sub-contractors alike and be able to identify and report when problems are occurring and deal with no-performing parties in a robust fashion;
  • Produce, monitor and drive production though appropriate use of KPIs for the design process;
  • Review the design on an ongoing basis, identify potential interface problems & practicalities in construction, and resolve with the design team and specialist subcontractors;
  • Attend appropriate Contractor selection interviews, including preparation beforehand;
  • Review any subcontract enquiries to subcontractor designed packages;
  • Appoint / vet the Design Team. Ensuring terms and conditions of appointment/novation are acceptable, lead designer role is defined and all services we would normally expect are included.

 


REQUIREMENTS:

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,  Education or Healthcare.
- Previous Main Contractor employment ideally.

-Ideally previous Fit Out project experience.
- High level of communication skills.
- Relevant industry qualification (Degree / HND / HNC etc).


REMUNERATION:

The successful Design Manager will receive:

*£45,000 - £70,000 Basic (Dependent on experience)
*Car / Allowance
*Healthcare
*Pension

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

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