Position: Design Manager
Salary: £50-70k (DOE), car, bonus and pension
Location: Derbyshire/Midlands. Home based with UK wide travel
Our Client: Is one of the world’s foremost support services, construction and engineering companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally.
They offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management and frontline public services.
Job Purpose: Manage the design of civil engineering projects in the Highways and Water sectors and for the Environment Agency, from tender stage through to completion of construction, commissioning and handover.
Use construction knowledge and experience to develop innovative and cost effective design solutions in conjunction with the design team, apply value engineering principles to ensure best value for all parties, and ensure an effective construction phase by applying an understanding of site management practices, risks, costs and co-ordination.
Manage the design delivery to meet the requirements of the construction programme.
Responsibilities: Develop design solutions to clients briefs with input from the professional team and subcontractors
Develop relationships with clients during early concept/early contractor input (ECI) stages
Manage expectations of the project through regular communication and discussions regarding requirements and specifications
Manage the relationship for the whole project team – with the client, subcontractors and professional team resolve any queries
Identify and check contents for Contractors’ Proposals, qualifications list, design information and marketing documentation to accompany the tender
Adopt a proactive approach to value engineering throughout the design phase, by keeping up to date with latest construction techniques and legislation
Review the design on an ongoing basis, identify potential interface problems & practicalities in construction, and resolve with the design team and specialist subcontractors where appropriate.
Ensure a smooth handover of the project to the project team.
Attend Contractor selection interviews, including preparation beforehand.
Thoroughly appraise tender documentation when received to identify risk, opportunity, insufficient information, inadequate or incorrect design.
Oversee the subcontract enquiries to subcontractor designed packages.
Assist with appointment of the Design Team.
Ensuring terms and conditions of appointment are acceptable, scope is defined, lead designer role is clear, and all services required are included.
Manage the design team holding design team meetings as appropriate.
Bid Management from first enquiry through to completion of design.
Plan/manage the tender period to ensure that:
Sufficient design information is received in time.
In conjunction with the Estimator ensure that the BQ is prepared sufficiently early.
Design subcontractors have sufficient information to prepare quotations.
Information for presentation purposes is in-hand by consultants and other departments.
Manage the relationship with the client and their team.
Prepare the Tender submission presentation including delegation of certain elements to other departments or administrative staff as appropriate.
Any other duties relevant to the role.
Knowledge Skills & Experience:
Competent user of MS packages e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word (essential)
Comprehensive site experience in engineering or site management role (essential)
Well-developed Technical Construction knowledge (essential)
Knowledge of Highways standards DMRB and SHW (essential)
Knowledge of current CESWI requirements (desirable)
Qualified in a relevant construction subject (essential)
Professionally qualified MICE, MCIHT (desirable).
Person: Ability to communicate with a range of people at all levels, both verbally and in writing (essential)
Adaptable and flexible (essential)
Ability to plan, organise and project manage (essential)
Analytical problem solver (essential)
Client and customer focused to build productive relationships (essential)
Ability to make reasoned and informed judgements and decisions (essential)
Ability to work independently and also in a team environment (essential)
Effective leadership skills (essential).