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Design Manager

  • £80,000
  • Main Contractor - Build
  • Oxford

About the Company:

My client is a privately owned Main Contractor that undertakes projects across a variety of construction sectors, including Research and Development, Commercial, Manufacturing, Automotive, Healthcare, and Education. Operating across such a diverse spectrum of sectors has enabled them to move with – and adapt to – changing market trends, which has resulted in controlled growth for the business.

Sustained growth is aided by the fact that a large proportion of this company’s work is awarded on a repeat-order basis from an extensive and ever-growing base of blue-chip clients.

My client has a turnover of £200 million and currently employs 300 people across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire. The majority of my client’s work is within Cambridge however they have started expanding into the Oxfordshire region, turning over £50 million from Oxford alone.

About the Role:

Our client is looking for an experienced Design Manager to support the design team based in Oxford. The role is 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.

About the benefits / rewards:

£60,000-80,000 + travel, healthcare & pension