Vital Info

  • Greater Manchester
  • Permanent
  • £65000 - £69000 per annum
  • ASAP


Senior Design Manager


Up to £69,000

Summary of Role:

Manage the off site design process on Stage 1 and 2 tenders, commencing at 'RIBA Stage 2 or 3 - Concept or Developed Design', in accordance with the Design Management processes and procedures.

Manage the on site design process at 'RIBA Stage 4 and 5 - Technical Design and Construction', in accordance with the Design Management processes and procedures.

Note: in instances where support from an Building Services Manager is unavailable then the Design Manager is responsible for the successful discharge of their Specific Tasks and Responsibilities.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

Tender Stage - Pre Contract

  • Review the Tender Information including the Employer's Information Requirements and any existing Design Team appointments and determine the scope and extent of all remaining design work, prior to the Tender Start-up meeting
  • Verify that the existing Tender (design) Information is compliant, coordinated, affordable (within the existing budget) and buildable prior to the Tender Settlement meeting
  • Determine, in conjunction with the bid team, the strategy for the completion of all remaining design work
  • Assess / audit all novated Design Team members and if applicable negotiate any additional services
  • Prepare and issue fee enquiries for supplementary Design Team members
  • Select and informally appoint supplementary Design Team members for both Pre and Post Contract Stages
  • Prepare and issue fee enquiries for any additional survey work and or reports
  • Produce and agree the Tender Stage Design Programme and Design Deliverables with the primary, secondary and specialist subcontract designers and monitor / report on progress
  • Produce and agree the Project Stage 'draft' Design Programme, Design Deliverables and Specialist sub-contractor Procurement Schedule
  • Establish a Common Data Environment (CDE)
  • Produce the 'draft' Design Management Plan (DMP) and BIM Execution Plan (BEP)
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Design Team, competitive, technically robust design and engineering solutions that respond to the Employer's Requirements
  • Engage with 'preferred' specialist subcontractors to develop innovative design solutions and close out design interfaces
  • Compile a schedule of design assumptions, design opportunities (VE), design risks (HSE/CDM) identified during the Tender Stage design process
  • Assist in the technical review of specialist subcontract tender returns and review all alternative design solutions
  • Evaluate the commercial responses to specialist sub contract tender returns and propose recommendations for bid inclusion
  • Establish the extent of all outstanding Planning and Building Regulation Matters
  • Review any existing BREEAM Assessments and or undertake a Design Stage Assessments
  • Chair and record the outcomes of all primary, secondary and specialist subcontractor design workshops

Project Stage - Post Contract

  • Review the Project Information including the Employer's Requirements, Contractor's Proposals and formally appoint the Design Team and consultants and brief the Design Team on their contractual obligations and their corresponding duties
  • Agree, in conjunction with the site team, the specialist subcontractor procurement strategy o Produce and agree the Project Stage Design Programme and associated Design Deliverables with the primary, secondary and specialist subcontract designers and monitor / report on progress
  • Produce and agree the Project Stage Specialist sub-contractor Procurement Schedule and Installation/Commission Programme
  • Monitor / report on progress to ensure overall progress against programme is maintained
  • Establish and agree the project Common Data Environment (CDE), the project file structure, virtual file links, email file links, security rights, work flows and voting rights


Relevant Card


  • Degree or equivalent


  • P22 Framework procurement
  • POE, DAT & GSL processes
  • BIM Level 2 delivery
  • Building Services competency & Turnkey package design
  • Professional Membership:
  • CIOB and or CIBSE

Relevant Experience:

Pre-construction and construction stage delivery of design for Healthcare, Mental Health & Medical Research / Biosciences 10 years in Design Management role for projects of value up to 150m


If you feel that you have the relevant experience to be successful in this position and would like to find out more please apply online today attaching a copy of your current CV.

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