Design Manager

January 30, 2020
Job Type
Ref No
£55 – 65k plus package


About this Role:

Ambitious/experienced Design Manager required by the Southampton office of this busy Southern Regional contractor to manage the design process for an ongoing framework of healthcare projects in the Dorset area.  Initially based in the Southampton office, you will be involved in the preconstruction phase for schemes on this framework, prior to moving to site with the construction team during the works.

Projects will typically range from £2m-5m in value with several running concurrently over a 4-5 year period.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, and working initially with the preconstruction team comprising estimator, managing surveyor, planner and preconstruction manager, you will manage the design development and buildability aspects of schemes through second stage preconstruction and out to commencement on site;  Thereafter you will be based on site working closely with the project delivery team throughout the construction phase.

Duties will include:

Management of the design development for projects, packages and sections of works;

Chairing regular design team meetings;

Management of consultant design team;

Regular liaison with client, trust and end users / heads of department;

Engagement with and 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 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 the busy Southern Regional office of a national main contractor, with experience and a proven track record in the delivery of new build and refurbishment schemes in healthcare, primary and secondary education, commercial offices, local authority, higher education faculty buildings, etc in the  Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire areas.

Turnover is circa £80m for the office which is located in Southampton with easy access from the M27 / M3.

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. 

For this particular role, previous experience of P21 healthcare work, working in a live hospital environment, or working on a new build hospital scheme would all be highly advantageous.

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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