Technical Design Manager

Technical Design Manager

Location North East
Job Type Permanent
Salary £55k + Car

Job Description

Coleman James are working with a North East based M&E Contractor who work large scale construction projects throughout the UK across a range of sectors including Healthcare, Residential, Student Accommodation, Leisure and Data Centres who are looking for a Technical Design Manager to join their established Newcastle Office. The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of design related issues across multiple sectors in both Pre-construction and the construction stages of individual projects.

The role involves the management of the design process using commercial, contractual, programme/ time awareness and technical expertise; whilst supporting, understanding and advising relevant stakeholders as to the requirement and obligations in the development of the design.

The successful candidate will have had experience in the appointment and management of consultants, monitoring the production of detailed design and managing the design appraisal review for the projects in delivery. The Design Manager is accountable for ensuring the design process recognises current legislation, standards and codes of practice where appropriate.


Responsibilities and Duties

Below is a list of the main responsibilities and duties of the role, although not exhaustive:

Document Management System (DMS)

  • Completion of the Contract Documents checklist together with pre-con and commercial team.
  • Onboarding of relevant consultants to the DMS.
  • Ensuring the relevant stakeholders have the required training and a project specific user guide is distributed for using the DMS.
  • Review design / specifications / tech subs / RFI’s through the workflow approval stages using the DMS.
  • Ensure that the drawing review is undertaken in a timely manner (within the agreed individual project time constraints).

Document Control

  • Liaise with Document Controllers to ensure that the individual projects are set up on the DMS in accordance with the client’s requirements.
  • Liaise with the Document Controllers to ensure that the design and specifications are QA checked and uploaded in a timely manner.


  • Attend tender handover meetings, where required.
  • Undertake a review of the Employers Requirements (ERs), where requested to do so.
  • Assist by carrying out a review of consultant’s design and performance specification, where requested to do so.
  • Seek to identify key risk items and anomalies, where requested to do so.
  • Assist by helping to identify any scope gaps, where requested to do so.
  • Seek to identify any potential cost saving ideas / Value Engineering opportunities, where requested to do so.
  • Look to identify any key items which may affect programme, where requested to do so.
  • Identify any long lead-in or long design periods which may affect programme.
  • Assist with the preparation of a project specific risk register, where requested to do so.
  • Assist Head of Design and Pre-Construction team with any input into tender documents, where required and requested to do so.
  • Assist Head of Design and Pre-Construction team with answering any design related questions during PQQ tender bids, where requested to do so.
  • Assist Head of Design and Pre-Construction team with the preparation and collation of the Contractors Proposals (CP’s) documentation.
  • Assist Head of Design and Pre-Construction team with the preparation of the Scope of Service/ appointment documents for the design consultants.
  • Assist Head of Design and Pre-Construction team with the preparation of the Design Responsibility Matrix (DRM).

Project Delivery

  • Attend project launch/handover meetings.
  • Manage all aspects of the consultants and specialist sub-contractor’s activities working with commercial teams to negotiate their appointments.
  • Familiarises yourself with and undertake a full review of the Contract Documents advising the project team accordingly.
  • Develop and manage the Construction Information Release Schedule (IRS).
  • Attend scope review meetings (where applicable) and prior to tender enquiries being sent with the following resources QS/CM/PM.
  • Manage the design against Employers Requirements (ERs).
  • Ensure regular and transparent communication is taking place between design, operational & commercial colleagues throughout project.
  • Attend Project Contract Review Meetings.
  • Review quality & installation compliance during site visits and highlight to project team any potential issues.
  • Check / verify and comment on the Project Risk & Opportunity Register when it is available.
  • Ensure the Schedule of Samples are issued and signed off in a timely manner.
  • Organise and Chair Design Team Meetings (DTMs) and / or Design Workshops as required ensuring Agenda is issued and meeting minutes are taken and distributed in accordance with the department processes and procedures.
  • Input into (where required) client progress reports.
  • Ensure that O&M Manuals / Building logs are collated and issued in a timely manner by the relevant parties.

Project Completion

  • Provide support and assistance to Defects & Aftercare department as required.
  • Assist with the preparation of information for any project lessons learned review meetings.


The successful candidate will report to the Head of Design.

This is a Permanent position and Coleman James Ltd are acting as an Employment Business.

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