Tilbury Douglas

Senior Design Manager

Job description

Role Summary


You will manage and coordinate the design of construction (non-civil) projects from tender stage right through to the completion of the construction stage design information and production of the operating and maintenance manuals.


Your role will be primarily focussed in the East Midlands but there will be occasions when they will be expected to work on projects in the wider midlands area including projects in the West Midlands.


The projects you will work on will range in value from £2m - £40m. On smaller projects you will be based in the office whilst working on up to three projects at a time and visiting site as necessary. On larger projects you will initially be based in the office before moving onto site full time to work alongside the rest of the project team.


What you will be doing


  • 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 a variety of internet based document management system dependent on client needs
  • 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 coordination issues, resolving them with the design and project 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:
  • You will report to the Regional Pre-construction Manager and will be expected to work in partnership with the Bid Manager, Project Manager and the project team. Depending on the size, nature and complexity of the project the candidate may work as part of a design management team.
  • You may be required to take the lead design management role, supervising a design manager and/or document controller or alternative supporting a Senior Design Manager on a larger project.


What we need from you


  • You will need a proven track record of undertaking design management activities at both tender and construction stages.
  • You will have experience in both healthcare and education (schools, further and higher).
  • You will ideally be able to demonstrate experience across a wider range of other sectors including accommodation & commercial.
  • You will ideally have experience of framework schemes as well as open market tenders via a combination of single stage, two stage and negotiated contracts.
  • You will demonstrate a good all round level of technical expertise commensurate with a Design Management role in areas such as:
  • You will have the ability to communicate with a range of people both verbally and in writing with a client and customer focus in order to build productive relationships.
  • You will be an analytical problem solver, with the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements and decisions.
  • You will be able to plan, organise and project manage, whist working independently and in a team environment.
  • You will demonstrate effective leadership, ideally with people management experience.
  • You will ideally hold a construction based HNC (or equivalent level of technical knowledge)
  • You will be experience in using Microsoft packages e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word along with document management systems, Powerproject, Team plan (or similar software).
  • Hold a valid driving licence and CSCS card.


What we can offer you


  • In return we can offer you a competitive salary, car allowance and benefits package including 26 days holiday, private medical care, we support further personal growth and career development.


Who we are


Tilbury Douglas is a leading UK building, infrastructure, engineering and fit-out company. We deliver vital projects across a range of sectors including health, education, highways, justice, defence, aviation, water and environment.


It is our people who make Tilbury Douglas a success. We believe our inclusive culture encourages new ways of thinking, enabling us to innovate whilst remaining resilient. We value and celebrate all individual differences and look forward to receiving your application. We are currently working towards Investors in Diversity accredited status.


Please note we do not have a licence for sponsorships.

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