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Design Manager

  • £90,000
  • Main Contractor - Build
  • Hertfordshire

About the Company:

This Company is a top 10 main contractor with an annual turnover in excess of £1bn. They are an internationally renowned Main Contractor, who undertakes projects within a variety of sectors including Education, Healthcare, Residential and Sport & Leisure. Originating from Ireland our client has developed a status as being one of Ireland’s top contractors has been earned through decades of delivering successful projects across Ireland the UK and mainland Europe.

They have played a key role in the development of modern Ireland and have undertaken some of the most iconic buildings within the state, including the National Convention Centre, Aviva Stadium, Croke Park, Luas Cross City, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and dozens of major road and rail infrastructure projects.

They opened up offices within the UK in the early 1980s and rapidly established themselves within the UK market undertaking projects nationwide.

About the Role:

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

The ideal candidate will have experience in delivering projects between £15M and £75M across the commercial, retail, and accommodation (Medium Rise Residential, Hotel, Student Accommodation, Care Home etc) 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:

The salary will be dependent on the level of exposure to the industry and experience on related projects. The company offers excellent opportunities and offers a basic salary of up to £90k. The package will also include various benefits including Car (EV or PHEV) or car allowance, contributory pension, Private healthcare and EAP, Discretionary bonus, 28 days holiday plus bank holidays and option to buy more when needed, An enviable dedicated L&D function where personal development is actively encouraged, and they will always consider flexible working hours and arrangements.