Design Manager

Ipswich - Permanent Position - Monday - Friday


Our team based in Ipswich are seeking to strengthen their award winning and successful team by recruiting a Design Manager to manage the pre – construction stage of design management contributing positively to winning new work for the RGC business.


  • Dependent on experience/qualifications and subject to negotiation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the pre-construction design process in line with the Carter Information Management System
  • Provide design management support to the Preconstruction team ensuring all design matters are compliant with relevant legislation, tender brief, and contract requirements
  • Analyse Tender documents and identify required design responses
  • Engage with the pre-construction team to agree scope of design requirements and allocation of responsibilities
  • Investigate and recommend alternative and innovative solutions with change impact assessment
  • Chair and record design workshops
  • Assess design and delivery risks and recommend mitigation
  • Identify all required temporary works and provide a schedule for Carter Design Temporary Works Engineer
  • Engage with the supply chain to verify design issues and review tender offers.
  • Support and contribute to the tender quality submission with written responses to tender questions
  • Provide design input to the tender submission whole life programme.
  • Support digital aspects of tender evaluation and submission
  • Provide a technical handover pack for the delivery team

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Contractually aware
  • Ability to develop and implement design management processes
  • Able to work to tight deadlines, organise and plan own workload
  • IT skills
  • Capable of defining design responsibilities and scopes of work for design consultants and subcontractors
  • Demonstrable skills in reviewing tender designs
  • Creating design programmes to be included in Master programme identifying relevant design milestones and deliverables
  • Able to assess CDM/Safety and design risks and identify mitigation strategies
  • Able to write comprehensive Contractors Proposals and tender question responses for inclusion in tender submissions
  • Innovation – experience of differing systems and ability to adapt ideas. Research new technical solutions.
  • Value engineering – able to lead design reviews and provide comprehensive assessment of options
  • Communicates with colleagues and clients in a warm and persuasive way both formally and informally. Alters style and manner to suit audience.
  • Plans ahead, prioritise tasks and monitors progress against plan, making alterations where necessary and organises required resources.
  • Considers potential problems in advance and identifies opportunities and threats through analysing trends. Guides others in implementing solutions.
  • Ensures that all viewpoints are considered and gains agreement on mutually acceptable outcomes, whilst maintaining the interests of the business.
  • Assesses risk and consequence before making a judgement on available evidence and ensures that final decision is implemented.
  • Encourages, supports and values contributions of others, shares credit and responds positively to requests for help. Shares knowledge.
  • Recognised by others as having useful skills and knowledge, which are readily shared. Keeps up to date with new aspects of job role
  • Monitors customer satisfaction and identifies areas for improvement
  • Understands the market in which the company operates. Able to relate company commercial strategy to own activities.
  • Monitors and controls cost against budget.


  • Extensive construction and technical knowledge of a wide range of building types and techniques
  • HNC Higher Diploma or degree


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    Why join us?

    For a century, we have provided thousands of individuals with rewarding and fulfilling careers. To ‘build for the future’, we need to recruit and employ talented people who share our values.

    Our Values

    At R G Carter, our six key values reflect what we stand for and deliver as a business, and define our unique culture. To view our Values in full click here.


    Awards & Accreditations

    Offering experience and specialist knowledge in Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing, we deliver award winning, innovative projects, for both public and private clients and across a wide range of sectors.

    What we offer

    A career path

    We offer a variety of career paths that will challenge and inspire you to fulfil your ambition. If you are just starting your career, developing your skills or you are experienced in your trade or profession, we can offer you the next step.

    Here are some examples of our team, who have built their career at R G Carter:

    Development opportunities

    We are committed to ensuring all our colleagues, at every level, have opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and abilities. By doing this we can ensure that you are equipped with the tools to capitalise on the many and varied opportunities which can maximise your potential within the Group and ‘build your future’.

    This is a selection of recognised training and development bodies, that we currently work with:

    Great benefits

    We offer a competitive benefits package to reward and incentivise you to perform to your best and foster a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

    Benefits include:     

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