Design Manager



Our client are a well-respected contractor working nationally across the whole of the UK. As a group they are a nationally recognised organisation based originally out of their Northern supported by regional offices throughout the UK. They operate in the new build student accommodation, high rise residential apartments and new build housing sectors. They are a multi-million pound turnover group and a leader in their sectors of the construction industry.

Due to their ongoing and increasing portfolio of work, in their new, purpose-built Student Accomodation division, they now have a requirement for an experienced Design Manager to join their team. The role based initially out of the Chester based office but with increased option to work from home and occasional national travel to projects and occasional stopping away to be expected.

My client are looking for an individual to take responsibility for the development and progress of the design principles and specification for Student Accomodation developments.

Main Responsibilities: (The following tasks are not in priority order)

To attend internal and external meetings, including chairing and accurately minute as necessary ensuring distribution to relevant parties.
Review design drawings in accordance with Building Regulations.
Review design proposals from internal and external consultants ensuring most competitive and effective solution arrived at.
Support Procurement Department in evaluation of alternative design solutions offered by subcontractors.
Research and develop new products for alternative forms of construction.
Monitor Health & Safety issues in accordance with chartered status requirement.
Occasionally advise on Estimating schemes.
Continue professional development.
Recruitment, training and mentoring junior team members.Knowledge, skills and experience required:

Previous prolonged experience on new build student accomodation, hotels or private apartment schemes.
Requiring education/qualification to a level of NVQ 5/ Professional qualification or equivalent qualifications.
Good knowledge of Building Regulations.
Basic knowledge of AutoCAD design software course and Adobe Acrobat.
Strong time management and communication skills.
Good knowledge of Word and Excel.
Working towards or possessing Chartered Status in Construction

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