Design Manager

Cambridge - Permanent - Monday - Friday


We are currently looking for Design Manager to complement and support our strong pre-construction team. The role will extend (depending on projects type) to post tender design development and coordination and management of the design teams. The role will be based in our Cambridge office, covering Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and down to North London. The successful candidate will be joining a strong dedicated group of individuals who are themselves supported by our in-house design (architectural and structural) consultancy office at Kings Lynn. You will be joining one of the largest family run construction business’ dealing with a diverse range of interesting and challenging projects across multiple sectors.


  • Competitive

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the design process during the tender stage, from tender to commencement on site including chairing development meetings & support the teams with construction knowledge & advice on best practice
  • Understanding the design brief and manage our design brief process via external consultants
  • 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
  • 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 deliverable's and IRS
  • Assist in the preparation of cost plan/affordability with PQS
  • 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, 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 the issues with the applicable form of contract for the project and highlight where the design process may be at risk
  • 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 develop and 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

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Good organisation skills and work ethic
  • Computer skills – need to be proficient on Microsoft Office packages (preferably with experience of the 2010 suite – Word, Excel, Outlook) and document management systems. Any experience with Bluebeam or 4 Projects would be beneficial but not essential (training can be provided)
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • A good, clear telephone manner is essential as there will be client interface during the course of the daily works, including Teams meetings
  • A good ‘team player’, able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Have an understanding of different client procurement routes
  • Good communication, presentation and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Full clean UK driving licence


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