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Design Manager

  • 75,000
  • Main Contractor - Build
  • Oxford

About the company:

Our client is a multi-faceted, ISO certified construction company that has built an unassailable reputation of undertaking bespoke building projects at all stages. From conception, feasibility and planning through to construction and handover. They work on new build, and refurbishment projects across a variety of sectors including residential, commercial and educational projects including a work on the Oxford colleges.

Based in Oxford our client has built up a reputation for producing work to the highest standard across Oxfordshire. For over 150 years our client has been a leading light within the industry and has achieved many industry accolades along the way. Sustained organic growth has led the company to its current position of over 150 members of staff and an annual turnover of £60 million. Typical projects our client works on are valued between £5 million and £40 million with a number of the recent projects consisting of high spec residential projects.

The success of the business has been founded on the principle of employing the very best people in the industry. All of whom have been responsible for the successful delivery of many of their high profile projects in recent years. Because of the exceptional people they employ the company has enjoyed a vast amount of success in recent years and are in a very healthy position moving forward meaning that they have been able to secure larger projects moving through the year.

About the Role:

Our client is looking for an experienced Design Manager to support the design team based in Oxford. The role is predominately site-based however during Tenders the ability to travel to the Oxford office on occasion will be required.

The ideal candidate will have experience in delivering projects between £5M and £40M across the commercial, educational, and High spec residential sectors often in challenging city environments. You will be involved with a wide range of projects across all stages of pre-construction and project delivery.

Role Overview:

  • To manage the whole process of designing the solution(s) for projects to meet or exceed customers’ requirements and framework deliverables.
  • To recognise Contractual Financial, Technical and Operational Risks and to find opportunities for Value Engineering, to minimise risk and maximise gross profit on contracts whilst achieving Customer Satisfaction.
  • To support the fulfilment of the pipeline of contracts Safely, On Time, and to the required Quality
  • Lead the Appointment of Design and associated Consultants, ensuring Contractual Requirements are captured, along with the deliverables being clearly defined using such tools as the IRS, MIDP/Design Responsibility Matrix, Deliverables and Scope of Services
  • Review and appraise fee proposals from the Consultants. Manage & monitor the performance of Consultants encouraging a “Collaborative” approach to deliver robust, coordinated designs on time and to budget. Lead the KPI assessment of each and the production of progress Reports as required.
  • Support and manage the development of CDP Packages to ensure compliance and that they are fully co-ordinate.
  • Assess the Consultants in line with CDM 2015 requirements and ensure all obligations are met. Designs should fully consider Health, Safety and Buildability
  • To manage and take ownership of all Design Processes and information flow on Design and Build and heavily CDP contracts to meet the Employer’s Requirements, Contractor’s Proposals, and Contract Conditions within the agreed Programme constraints using our CDE. Assess, evaluate, and ensure alignment of Design outputs to each of the relevant RIBA Stages.
  • The candidate will ideally have sufficient knowledge of BIM to support the development of a BIM Strategy in line with the Client’s requirement with support from consultants and Group BIM resource.

Their business is primarily focused on the private sector with repeat business clients a feature of their success. The candidate will be required to support tenders in both single and two stage-managing the design input, identifying risks and opportunities attending interviews, interacting with subcontractors and consultants as part of the bid team will be required to help secure work as part of a bid team.