Design Manager

August 21, 2019
Job Type
Ref No
£55 – 65k plus package


About this Role:

Experienced Design Manager or ambitious Design Coordinator looking to progress required by the Reading office of this busy regional contractor to manage the design process for one of several new build projects in the Berkshire/Surrey area.  Initially based in the Reading office, you will be involved in one of schemes currently in preconstruction phase, predominantly new build commercial and residential projects circa £5-10m in value.

The scope of works typically includes commercial offices, student accommodation, industrial buildings, leisure centres, office to residential conversions, and new builds etc ranging in value from £5m to £10m in the, Berkshire  and Surrey areas.

Reporting to the Area Director, and working initially with the preconstruction team you will manage the schemes through late second stage preconstruction and out to commencement on site;  Thereafter you will be based between office and on site to suit the needs of the project.

Duties will include:

Management of the design development for packages or sections of works;

Chairing regular design team meetings;

Management of consultant design team;

Regular liaison with client, architect, consultants and the construction teams;

Managing specialist sub-contractor design teams;

Agreement of information required schedule; Ensuring key dates achieved;

Dealing with local authorities to achieve planning permissions;

Review of construction design information for buildability, compliance with contractors proposals, employers requirements, budget, current building legislation, etc;

Identifying opportunities for value engineering opportunities where appropriate;

Proactive issue resolution;

Overall managing the smooth and timely delivery of detailed design information for procurement and construction throughout the preconstruction and build process.

About the Company/Client/Project:

The company is a busy Southern regional main contractor, with experience and a proven track record in the delivery of new build and refurbishment schemes in commercial office, industrial buildings, leisure centres, etc in the Berkshire and Surrey  areas.

Turnover is circa £20-25m for the office which is located in Reading with easy access from the M4.


Requirements including certificates and qualifications:

Either from an Engineering/Construction delivery or Architectural background, you will possess excellent technical and commercial knowledge, a keen understanding of construction methodology, materials and systems, procurement lead in times, etc. 

You will have excellent communication and negotiations skills, strong planning and problem solving ability, initiative and a positive approach.  In terms of character, you will be a highly driven, positive and ambitious individual able to work well within a large team dynamic.

You will ideally have a proven track record of successful project delivery with a recognised Main Contractor in a Design Coordination / Design Management role.

High standards, attention to detail and the drive to deliver on programme, specification and budget will be very well rewarded with excellent salary, benefits, promotional and development prospects. 

For more information on this contract please contact Martin Olney on 02380 682 662 or send your CV to

Candidates must be able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK

alltek specialise in build vacancies and is a leading Recruitment Consultancy in Southampton.

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