Design Manager


Atkins Search are currently looking to recruit a Design Manager to join a successful, family-owned construction main contractor based in Rugby.


  • Profitable, long-standing business
  • Part of various frameworks including SCAPE and Pagabo
  • Exposure to varied, dynamic projects across multiple sectors
  • People oriented culture with a focus on the development of their employees
  • Secured pipeline of work


The function of the Design Manager role will be to 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 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.


  • Use of CAD and Microsoft Office
  • 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


  • Career focused individual
  • Identify your customers’ needs and expectations and strive to deliver them
  • 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


  • Competitive salary
  • Operating locally on a regional basis
  • Car or car allowance
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Excellent 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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