Design Manager


Atkins Search have a unique and exciting opportunity for a Sustainability Design Manager to join a prolific, family-owned construction main contractor based in Nottingham.

If you are from an Architectural background, your application will also be considered.


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 Midlands, our client is a reputable main contractor with a people-focused
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 Midlands


As the Sustainability Design Manager for the business, you will be delivering various projects across the education, commercial, healthcare and industrial sectors whilst focusing on a sustainable way of delivering schemes. This will include embodied carbon within design and working with local authority frameworks to deliver schemes sustainability.

Alongside supporting with Sustainability, you will lead the design process for projects, 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 for monitoring and reporting on design programmes, and also provide technical support to the bid process. In addition, you will be developing designs that utilise innovative techniques on multiple projects.


  • Implement sustainable alternative during the design process
  • Act as the subject matter expert for sustainable design
  • Working collaboratively with frameworks to work towards carbon reduction
  • Implement embodied carbon in design
  • Reading and interpreting drawings and technical specifications
  • Management of specialist designers and managing others in your team
  • Navigating design package software
  • Manage the development and implementation of design proposals ensuring they meet client requirements
  • Manage and ensure effective briefing of the Design Team
  • Provide advice and guidance on the design proposals to the construction teams on all packages.
  • Lead the development and management of the design deliverables programme


  • Ideally, from an architectural background with experience in sustainability
  • Experience modelling different material alternatives
  • Understand of embodied carbon modelling in a framework lead environment
  • Present plans clearly, concisely, accurately and in ways that ensure understanding
  • Constructively seek better alternatives
  • Find practical ways to overcome barriers
  • Set demanding but achievable objectives for yourself and others
  • Balance multiple priorities and build consensus on the way forward
  • Make and implement difficult and/or unpopular decisions.
  • Construction related degree
  • Experience of JCT/ NEC forms of contract
  • Experience of using 4P EDMS Remuneration


You have an opportunity to work in a positive environment, where employees are championed to progress and develop with the business.

  • Competitive salary and package
  • Excellent pension contributions
  • Company car or allowance
  • Regular opportunities for progression
  • Variety of projects and reputable regional business

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 in the East and West Midlands, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Peterborough, and Northern Home Counties regions.

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