Design Manager


Atkins Search are currently recruiting for a Design Manager based in Birmingham vacancy to join an award-winning, regional construction main contractor based in the West Midlands.


Operating across Birmingham, our client has an enviable reputation as one of the leading construction main contractors delivering varied projects across the public and private sectors.

As one of the most established construction main contractors across the West Midlands our client is a family-owned main contractor with a people-focussed approach. They champion their team members to develop their careers, positively promoting development and progression.

  • Operating across various local frameworks, providing a full order book
  • Profitable, long-standing construction main contractor
  • Varied, interesting projects ranging from £1m to £30m in value
  • Award-winning main contractor with solid reputation
  • Exciting growth plans to increase turnover and expand regionally
  • Well-connected, accessible senior leadership team
  • Transparent, team-oriented culture
  • Local, regionally based projects across the West Midlands


As the Design Manager, you will be working as part of an established, successful Design team, you will lead the design process, promote integration of disciplines and select, manage and appoint consultants to ensure that they perform in line with their deed and agreed scope of services.

You will be responsible as the Design Manager for monitoring and reporting on design programmes, and also provide technical support to the bid process. You will be managing multiple projects at various stages from tender, live through to completion.


  • Chair design team meetings
  • Lead the design process to produce accurate information in line with the agreed specification and cost plan / estimate
  • Produce designs to meet all necessary statutory and regulatory approvals
  • Develop design programmes with consultants to meet the agreed whole life programme dates
  • Appoint and manage consultants and ensure performance in line with their deed and agreed scope of services
  • Provide cost effective technical solutions


The ideal candidate for the Design Manager job will have a proven track record as an Design Manager in a construction main contracting environment. You will also need to be proactive, positive and confident communicating at all levels and able to work as part of a team.

  • Architectural, Design Management or construction related degree
  • Experience working for a construction main contractor on similar projects
  • Both preconstruction and delivery experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Positive, driven and team oriented attitude
  • Ability to operate autonomously and as part of wider teams across the business
  • Understanding of CAD, Microsoft Office and various other construction technology


As the Design Manager, you will be joining an established main contractor with excellent growth plans. You will have a forum to build an established career, surrounded by like-minded individuals.

  • Competitive salary
  • Company car or car allowance (including electrical vehicles)
  • Fun, team-oriented atmosphere
  • Regular social events
  • Local projects across the region
  • Generous holiday allowance and pension contributions

Atkins Search act as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and an employment business for the supply of temporary workers. We specialise in Construction, Consultancy, Residential and Infrastructure recruitment and service the East and West Midlands, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Peterborough and Northern Home Counties regions.

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