Senior Design Manager

April 1, 2019
Job Type
Ref No
£58 –70k plus package


About this Role:

Ambitious/experienced Senior Design Manager required by the Home Counties region of this leading national contractor to manage the design process for a £40m new build school project in Slough, Berkshire, as part of a batch on the ESFA framework. 

Ideally to be situated north of this location, along the M40 corridor, the role will initially be to take the lead on this project, with future workload focus potentially being work in the Oxfordshire/Berkshire areas covering education, schools and university faculty buildings, commercial and defence projects in the region.

Currently in second stage preconstruction phase for this project, the enabling works are due to start shortly, with the main works for the scheme due to commence in summer for an 18month + build programme until early 2021.

This is a secured £40m project, and one of a batch of multiple schemes for the DfE.

Reporting initially to the Preconstruction Director and Project Director you will be responsible for:

Management of the design development for the scheme;

Chairing regular design team meetings;

Management of consultant design team;

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

Agreement of information required schedule; Ensuring key dates achieved;

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;

Managing specialist sub-contractor design teams;

Overall managing the smooth and timely delivery of detailed design information for procurement and construction throughout the build process to completion in early 2021.

About the Company/Client/Project:

The company is a leading national main contractor, with experience and a proven track record in the delivery of complex new build schemes in secondary education, higher education, commercial offices, senior living, leisure centres and hotels ranging from £20m to £50m in the Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Herts and Beds areas.

Turnover is circa £100m for the office, with a regional base close to the M1 in Bedfordshire.


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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