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Date Added: Tue 21/05/2024

Design Manager

London, SE1, UK
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Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Design Manager - Main Contractor - London

£60,000 - £70,000 base salary + competitive package

A unique opportunity to join an established Main Contractor in South East London, who work on exciting and challenging projects. You will plan, review, co-ordinate and manage the outputs of all parties with design responsibility to achieve the objectives of the project in accordance with programme and cost imperatives from tender to handover. Responsible for technical compliance on 1-2 projects comprising 50-100 units at any time.

This main contractor is looking for a strong Design Manager who can Lead, manage and support all pre and post contract design activities associated with bidding, procurement, construction and defects. Working on residential projects from £10million to £20million in the South London and Kent region.

They have grown to become leading Main Contractor with excellent pipeline of work across the public sector. Offering Design Managers excellent training and development to progress their career. A family business with a great culture.


Create and manage project technical risk register. Flag technical and compliance risks and manage and report on mitigating measures.

Process: Carry out duties in compliance with internal process and procedures, including use of trackers, reports, checklists and contribute to their continuous review and improvement

Pre-construction: Lead in the preparation of project specifications and Contractor's Proposals at the outset new projects.

Programme: Lead in establishing the design programme and information release schedule by reference to master construction programme. Manage design team to ensure adherence to same.

Consultants: Establish scope and obtain fee proposals for multi-disciplinary consultant teams in accordance with robust responsibility matrix. Ratify completeness of service delivery on incoming fee invoices.

Client: Prepare and present monthly client report at monthly client meetings. Manage process of obtaining client signoff for design, specification and samples.

Value: Provide cost-conscious direction and instruction to consultant team. Review emerging design to eliminate waste and achieve economic design solutions which meet client brief and planning requirements. Work closely with Commercial team and alert to any emerging cost issues.

Buildability: Provide construction-conscious direction and instruction to consultant team. Review emerging design to optimise design minimising complex details and interfaces involving multiple trades. Work closely with Operations team and alert to any emerging buildability issues.

Co-ordination: Review consultant and contractor design outputs. Co-ordinate outputs of all designers to identify and rectify gaps, clashes and inconsistencies and manage design approvals process. Respond to site queries and manage incoming and outgoing RFIs / TQs.

Compliance: Review planning, BCO, NHBC Conditions and other required approvals. Identify critical timeframes and manage the discharge process.

Handover: Identify client handover requirements. Assemble all documentation and statutory approvals required in time for handover, including BCO, NHBC, Planning.


Established Design manager who has experience working with a residential contractor

Specific experience through entire project cycle on projects between 4 and 10 storeys in height and between 20 and 100 units.

Excellent understanding of technical detailing and compliance requirements including Building Regulations and NHBC.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please email your details to: (url removed)
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