Design Manager - Arch

Forces Recruitment Services Ltd
South East England
10 Feb 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Main Objectives:

The main purpose of this proactive role is to take a design management role for the estate projects, co-ordinate and integrate the activities of the programme’s external design consultants, assist on pre-construction activities, tender opportunities and to control and interrogate the activities of external design consultants. Working and reporting to the Programme Director and Senior Project Leader on the project. The project is currently working on a RIBA Stage 2 which it will conclude by the end of 2018.

Applications from suitably qualified ex-military personnel (Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Marines) will be particularly relevant for this position, although all suitably qualified applicants (including those with no military background) will be considered.

Job Purpose:

  • The Programme has been established to manage the comprehensive refurbishment of a number of significant buildings. The Programme also has significant interdependencies with other major programmes and carries some substantial risks that will require close management. The Programme will deliver the building refurbishments to Level 2 BIM using the NEC3 suite of contracts.
  • The Programme is fast-moving and the post-holder is expected to make a quick impact following appointment. As well as being the design lead for the estate projects, the post-holder will be asked to contribute to the design management for other projects.
  • The role will require an experienced individual with a skill-set of managing design processes on a complex construction project. Working in a team environment where communication skills are important, the Design Manager will develop trust from internal stakeholders that their requirements will be met. Good presentation skills are required both within the organisation and to external bodies such as Planning Authority and Statutory Bodies. The Design Manager will be expected to work with other Design Managers in formulating best practice in design management techniques and reviews.



  • Architect with ARB qualifications


  • Knowledge of design package software
  • MCIOB qualifications


  • Previous experience of managing design on large / complex Programmes in construction
  • Excellent knowledge of value creation
  • Proven experience of delivering weekly and monthly reports across various stages of the programme/ project lifecycle
  • Proven experience of delivering innovative, safe and cost effective solutions into the design for buildings
  • Good understanding of procurement processes including negotiation with third parties, successful contract management and risk management
  • Experience of ensuring the design process recognizes current legislation, standards and codes of practice
  • Proven experience of delivering design solutions and significant stakeholder engagement within a complex stakeholder environment

Interested applicants will be expected to complete and return by email a simple application form to which CVs must be pasted.

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