Macdonald & Company

Senior Design Manager

Job description

We are very pleased to once again be working with Populo Living.

Role Overview

A fantastic opportunity to join the internal design team of Populo Living. Successful candidates will be rewarded with a diverse pipeline of interesting and challenging projects, using their experience and skills to shape the homes and places that will improve the lives of residents in one of London’s most diverse boroughs. The role will suit an individual who is passionate about excellent design and the value it brings to people’s lives. The focus will be on the pre-construction stages RIBA 1-3, and will encompass all aspects of design and technical management at both masterplanning scale, and the design of individual residential apartment buildings and homes. Sustainability is a core ambition within Populo Living, with the business committed to delivering social, economic and environmental benefits back to Newham and its residents, as well as being carbon neutral by 2030. The successful candidate will be committed to innovate and push boundaries to ensure these ambitions are met.


  • Shape the Populo Design Management Strategy;
  • Oversee implementation of the strategy to successfully deliver a planing consent that meets the development business case across multiple projects;
  • Take ownership of key documents capturing Populo design / technical standards;
  • Ensure sustainable outcomes are embedded within all projects and are monitored across the project lifecycle;
  • Lead capacity / feasibility studies for new sites, including presentation material for internal review;
  • Lead the preparation of all project specific briefing material and monitor adherence to this throughout the design process;
  • Oversee all pre-planning consultant team activities including attendance at design meetings, programme monitoring, deliverables scheduling and preparation of design information;
  • Review design / technical documentation and identify inconsistencies, discrepancies and missing information as well as recording, reporting and tracking the close-out;
  • Ensure all design and technical aspects develop in accordance with agreed budget and programme;
  • Promote a value management culture that does not compromise value or quality, and effectively manage approved changes through to resolution;
  • Maintain a comprehensive and up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation, procedures and current/ emerging best practice to ensure statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations are met;
  • Champion quality, innovation and standardisation at a business level by leading on key design aspects to support delivery of corporate objectives;
  • Build trust, confidence and new relationships with all stakeholders, both internal and external;
  • Manage and mentor design managers within the business; The need for flexibility, shared accountability and team working is required, and the role-holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee’s skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.

Skills And Experience

  • Prior experience of working as a Design Manager within a development organisation
  • 5+ years post RIBA Part III (or equivalent qualification) in the role of Project / Senior Architect within architectural practice;
  • Large-scale residential led (200+ units across multiple high-rise buildings) experience on complex urban brownfield sites;
  • Proven track record of leading design through the planning process, ensuring programme and budget are maintained and a consent granted;
  • Exemplary verbal / graphic communication and presentation style;
  • Understanding of the property development process;
  • Working knowledge of the principles of BIM would be beneficial;

The role will predominantly be based in Populo’s office in Stratford with the opportunity to work flexibly.

If you are interested in being considered for this role please contact Stephen Glands at Macdonald & Company on 0207 318 5891 / for a confidential conversation. Or simply apply via the link.

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