• Title
    Design Manager
    Requisition ID
    Work Location
    Department / Discipline
    Additional Work Location
    Position Type
    Staff / Permanent
  • Overview / Responsibilities

    Wood is currently recruiting for a Design Manager for any one of the following offices: London, Reading, Birmingham, or Glasgow.


    The Design Manager will be accountable for procurement, control, delivery, and quality of building / landscape design deliverables with the direct client relationship for Design through any of all of the RIBA stages.


    Key Responsibilities



    • Capture building / landscape design deliverables as part of client contract requirements capture process
    • Manage Request for Information process to clarify design appointment requirements
    • Agree the level of design quality and standards that need to be achieved
    • Agree how the construction is being procured (and when contractors are being appointed), demonstrate the different types of information required for each, as this could create change 


    • Set out what we need the design supply chain to undertake – high level
    • Review design supply chain capabilities
    • Work independently, or with Supply Chain Manager to:
    • Produce/capture list of potential design supply chain members
    • Arrange interviews and submissions from potential design supply chain
    • Agree design cost and contract terms – all to align with our contract
    • Agree and align design contract scopes
    • Lead design appointment negotiations and signing


    • Act as the key client point of contact for Design
    • Produce the Design Management Plan (DMP)
    • The DMP should include a Responsibilities matrix covering internal and external people
    • Agree the overall project design deliverables
    • Capture and agree design inputs required to start / complete work
    • Share what level of design quality and standards need to be achieved
    • Agree and map out how all of the project design deliverables are split by sub-consultant, and internal team – highlight any gaps
    • Agree the Design schedule(s) – overall and for each design supply chain member
    • Agree the design supply chain resource levels
    • Manage co-ordination between design packages and design supply chain members – BIM interface (and design interfaces)
    • Progressive Certainty – great for managing change, set up design gateways
    • Report on all aspects of Design to the client
    • Seek client feedback with regards to Design



    • Monitor design supply chain against their scope and schedule
    • Forecast and Manage design supply chain costs and invoicing. This includes tracking and reporting EV on each appointment
    • Review and approve/reject the technical quality of design supply chain outputs
    • Chair Design Team Meetings; produce and share minutes
    • Chair Client Design meetings; produce and share minutes
    • Capture and own design risks and issues log



    • Confirm design supply chain members are undertaking all of their statutory health and safety responsibilities, including CDM compliance
    • Confirm design supply chain members are producing and maintaining Designers Risk Assessments
    • Chair regular design risk meetings


    • Capture all design change and expected design change
    • Decide what type of change it is, and if we can charge for it

    Skills / Qualifications

    Qualifications and accreditations


    • Degree level or equivalent in an engineering, design, or construction,
    • Membership of appropriate professional institution


    • Post graduate qualification appropriate to infrastructure or construction design management
    • Project Management qualification, for example PRINCE2, APM PMQ (APMP), PMP or RPP
    • Membership of Association for Project Management or Project Management Institute


    Technical Skills / Knowledge and Experience

    • Proven track record in the successful delivery of infrastructure projects from initiation to completion
    • Experience in a client facing role, leading multi-disciplinary teams in a design consultancy or main contractor
    • Development of project requirements and plans for the delivery of project objectives
    • Experience in contract preparation and procurement of service providers, in particular design and technical services and construction contracts.
    • Experience in the administration of professional services and construction contracts, contract change and valuation of payments.
    • Experience in the development of integrated project baselines and tracking / controlling performance to achieve delivery of projects to time and within budget.
    • Experience in the development of project business case and the evaluation of options to satisfy project requirements.
    • Knowledge of approaches to determining the best means of satisfying requirements within the context of project objectives and constraints i.e. developing solutions
    • Techniques for the Preparation and maintenance of schedules for project activities and events, taking account of dependencies and resource requirements
    • Development and agreeing budgets for projects and controlling forecast and actual costs against them
    • Identification and monitoring of project risks (threats and opportunities), planning and implementing responses to them and responding to other issues that affect projects
    • Developing, maintaining and applying quality management processes for project activities and outputs
    • Consolidating and documenting the fundamental components of projects (scope, schedule, resource requirements, budgets, risks, opportunities and issues, and quality requirements)
    • Identifying and/or developing frameworks and methodologies that ensure management of projects will be comprehensive and consistent across different initiatives
    • Establishing and managing reviews at appropriate points during and after projects, which will inform governance of projects by providing evaluations of progress, methodologies and continuing relevance
    • Establishing, and implementing where necessary, protocols to change the scope of projects, updating configuration documents as required.
    • Knowledge of value management and value engineering techniques
    • Experience of procurement and contract administration using NEC3 suite of contracts

    Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. We operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion.  We provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.  www.woodplc.com  

    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.


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