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Design Manager

Ref no. BHN557407
Location Southampton, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Contract 6 Months
Job status Closed

Job summary

One of our water clients are now looking for a Civil Design Manager to join their design team and lead their Civil/Structural Design Engineers. This role will be based in their head office in Southampton.

Key skills required for this role

Design Manager - Water Sector


Civil Design Manager - Water Sector

Job description

Civils Design Manager - Outside IR35

Location - Southampton (Must be able to attend the office 2/3 times a week)

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Interrogation of enquiry documents, coordination of technical support required from the civil/structural design team during tender preparations and production of design estimates. Liaison with other internal departments during these early stages will culminate in the production of Technical Proposal documents.
  • Review of Subcontractor design proposals.
  • Investigation of value engineering and value creation opportunities.
  • Management of the civil/structural design team to ensure the efficient and intelligent production of design deliverables.
  • Line Management responsibilities for existing staff and recruitment of new design team members.
  • Undertaking formal design reviews throughout the project cycle as defined within procedures.
  • Coordinating quality control of all civil/structural design related deliverables.
  • Approval of civil/structural design related deliverables and ensuring compliance with current codes and standards (Incl. Temporary Works).
  • Coordinating the provision of technical assistance to project delivery teams during the construction, installation and commissioning phases of projects.
  • Ensuring engineering change is effectively managed and reported to the Commercial team.
  • Monitoring design progression for each project, in conjunction with the planning team, and ensuring early identification and escalation of potential issues where necessary.
  • Coordination of project delivery team involvement to ensure buildability and commissioning input is obtained at appropriate stages in the design development process.
  • Assisting with the developmnent of the civil/structural engineers enroute to their professional qualifications.
  • Responsible for ensuring that direct reports fulfil their duties under the CDM Regulations 2015 throughout the design process.
  • Championing continuous improvement of the design delivery process.
  • Development and maintenance of relationships with Clients.
  • Identification and adoption/implementation of software packages to improve the efficiency of the design development process.

Key Skills and Background:

  • A history of managing a team of civil and structural design engineers for a contractor or consultant.
  • Previous experience working in a water/wastewater design environment.
  • A thorough awareness of the commercial factors applicable to tendering & the design delivery process.
  • A keen eye for detail with the ability to resolve technical queries and review/approve design documentation.
  • A good working knowledge of BIM/Digital Delivery processes.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, and work in collaboration with other team members.
  • Although the role will be based in the Head Office in Southampton, travel to sites throughout the UK will be required periodically.
  • Numeracy and technical bid/report writing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.


  • Chartered membership of a relevant professional institution such as MICE.
  • MEng/BEng in Civil Engineering or Civil Structural Engineering.
  • Full driving licence

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