Job description

Design Manager

Estates and Capital Projects



£46,742 - £51,088 per annum

Application deadline: 12pm (midday) on Friday 15th March 2024

There are 2 vacancies for this role.

About the role:

To act as the lead client design management representative for planning, design and delivery of projects across the Museum’s capital (fabric and infrastructure) and masterplan investment programmes (including galleries and displays). Projects are Museum-wide and range from high-profile front-of-house projects, to innovative infrastructure projects, along with standard renewal and replacement projects in a unique heritage environment and organisation.

Key areas of responsibility:

Act as the design representative to enable the successful development and delivery of core capital and masterplan projects, covering but not limited to the following core disciplines:

  • Architectural, galleries and displays, signage and wayfinding, including interfaces with planning and historic listed building consents,
  • MEPh (mechanical, electrical, public health) engineering, specifically covering HV / LV / life safety infrastructure distribution and resilience, and HVAC systems and distribution,
  • Structural and civil engineering (including water management and below-ground infrastructure),
  • Vertical transportation,
  • Fire safety (life safety and property protection),

About you:

•Educated to degree level in a Architectural/built-environment/ construction-related disciple, or equivalent experience

• Post-graduate degree in Architecture/ Interior Architecture/Heritage Management

•Professional body accreditation, or formal qualification in a related field, eg. ARB

•Project Management/ Programme Management/ Risk Management/Design Management qualifications

•Significant experience planning, developing and delivering projects within a large national museum or art gallery, or similar context

•Experience of working with design teams on new-build and refurbishment projects in the cultural sector

• Knowledge and expertise on procurement of consultants and contractors within the public sector, and knowledge of relevant suppliers in the marketplace.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write strategies, briefs, and scopes, providing clarity via written appraisals to Project Team members.

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Membership of the civil service pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

Additional details:

For more information about this role, please see the job description.

The interviews are expected to take place on w/c Monday 25th March 2024

If you have any additional needs that we should be aware of in order to support you with your application, please provide details to

The British Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a Museum which represents world culture. The Museum is committed to ensuring that no job applicant suffers unlawful discrimination because of any protected characteristics. Our recruitment procedures aim to ensure that individuals are treated fairly because of their relevant knowledge, skills and experience.

We are also currently piloting a flexible way of working that allows our employees to work remotely in a way that suits them and the organisation. We welcome questions and conversations at interview stage and how flexible working could work for you.

The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) for pre-employment screening of Civil Servants

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