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Design Manager

Job Title: Design Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: IC02086
Job Published: January 07, 2019 12:46

Job Description

Reference numberIC02086RegionUKLocationNorth EastSub locationNewcastleFunctionDesignEmployment typeFull TimeHourly Rate BandsN/ASalaried/Hourly-PaidSalaried
To manage and co-ordinate the design of construction (non-civil) projects from tender stage right through to the completion of the construction stage design information;
Projects will range in value from £1m to £20m. On smaller projects Design Managers will be based in our regional office, whilst working on up to three projects at a time and visiting site as necessary.  On larger projects they will be initially be based in the office before moving onto site full time to work alongside the rest of the project team;
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of undertaking design management activities at both tender and construction stages.  This experience will include working on single stage, two stage and negotiated contracts across a range of sectors including education (schools, further and higher), health, commercial, accommodation, retail and industrial.
The design manager may directly supervise a design co-ordinator and/or a document controller dependent on the size, nature and complexity of the project or projects they are undertaking.
Key tasks include:
Managing the design team and design portion subcontractors throughout both the tender and construction periods, to deliver high quality solutions in a timely fashion;
Chairing design team meetings and workshops, as appropriate, to manage the design development process;
Producing, reviewing and updating the design programme, information release schedule, risk register and technical query schedules;
Using and co-ordinating 4 projects and/or other internet based document storage solutions;
Thoroughly appraising tender documentation to identify design risks and opportunities and developing solutions accordingly;
Vetting and appointing the design team: Ensuring terms and conditions of appointment/novation are acceptable, lead designer role is defined and all appropriate services are included;
Work alongside the preconstruction and project teams to ensure design portion subcontract enquiries are robust and responses provide a value for money compliant solution;
Review the design on an ongoing basis, identifying potential interface, buildability and co-ordination issues, resolving them with the design team and specialist subcontractors;
Developing innovative design solutions with the design team and supply chain, including the production of high quality value engineering solutions;
Managing the relationship with the client, subcontractors and professional team to resolve any design queries and deliver high quality design solutions in a timely fashion;
Assisting with bidding management activities including:
          - writing design management based technical responses for the tender submission;
          - co-ordinating the production of design information to be included in the tender submission;
          - attend post tender interviews as part of the project team including the development of all
             necessary supporting documentation;
          - developing a design programme and IRS schedule for inclusion within the overall tender
          - development of risk and VE schedules that can then be robustly costed.
Good technical knowledge of architectural, structural, civil and building services design solutions;
Experience of developing a broad range of substructure design and structural frame solutions (desirable);
Good knowledge of current CDM and Building Regulations;
Construction based HNC (or equivalent level of technical knowledge);
Competent user of Microsoft packages e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word;
Experience of Powerproject, Teamplan or similar (desirable);
Experience of managing document management systems;Essential
BIM Literate (desirable). 
Ability to communicate with a range of people both verbally and in writing;
Ability to plan, organise and project manage;
Analytical problem solver;
Client and customer focused in order to build productive relationships;
Ability to make reasoned and informed judgements and decisions;
Ability to work independently and also in a team environment;
Effective leadership skills;
Good commercial acumen;
Valid driving license.
Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. Headquartered in the UK and FTSE listed, we have gross revenues of £3.7 billion and a workforce of circa 75,000 people worldwide.

We are an Investors in Diversity accredited Company & committed to equal opportunities for all.

We are looking for an experienced Design Manager to work from our office in either Stockton or Newcastle.  This role is offered on a full time permanent basis. In return we are offering a  competitive salary, plus car, flexible benefits, 26 days annual leave entitlement, share plans, company pension and private medical insurance.

As part of our recruitment process all job offers are subject to a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) check. Due to the nature of the work for this role the successful candidate will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure through the Disclosure & Barring Service. Further information on the Disclosure process can be found at

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