Design Manager

Website AdvanceTRS Advance TRS Ltd

Specialist recruiters for the built environment.

Design Manager required to join the pre-construction design team with a regional main contracting organisation. Predominantly in the pre-construction phase of projects. Work will be a combination of education schemes and private / exclusive residential.

The role is based in the regional office in Oxford. So you must reside within a sensible commute, possess a minimum of 5 years main contractor experience in a construction role is essential, formal construction qualifications (preferably at degree level) in a relevant field are expected.


Design team management:

  • Chairing and minuting DTM’s
  • Managing design information flow
  • Producing Information required schedules, design responsibility matrices and managing

RFI schedules:

  • Managing value engineering exercises
  • Selecting and appointing designers
  • Producing design programmes
  • Assessing risk and producing risk registers


  • Previous exposure to Level 2 BIM on live projects
  • Experience of preparing a BEP
  • Experience of conducting clash-detection reviews
  • Familiarity with Viewpoint

Bid Production:

  • Ability to write coherent and convincing responses for submission documents
  • Demonstrated ability at project managing /coordinating bid documentation production
  • Preparing and assembling Contractors Proposals
  • Formal training in bid writing strategies

Commercial Awareness:

  • An appreciation of the design choices that affect cost
  • Experience of two-stage tenders
  • Experience of dealing with financial matters on schemes

Sustainability and Environment:

  • Awareness of emerging issues and legislation – Passivhaus experience
  • Experience of zero-carbon schemes

Client Engagement:

  • Ability to present to clients with confidence and credibility as part of a team
  • Experience of leading client engagement meetings


  • Experience of the Planning process
  • Knowledge of building regulations
  • Familiarity with common building products and systems
  • Experience of BREEAM, WELL, LEED and WiredScore
  • CDM Regulations – Familiarity with CDM regulations and general construction H&S principles
  • Experience of fulfilling the obligations of a Principle Designer
  • Preparing pre-construction information packs

Projects generally range between £5-20M in value covering sectors such as; exclusive residential, heritage property & education. As Design manager you will impact on all phases of work, predominantly working preconstruction stages and collaborating with both operational and commercial teams to ensure timely and profitable project delivery.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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