Design Manager

Water & Utilities
  • UK, East of England, Hertfordshire, St Albans
  • Permanent
  • Full time
  • from £60,000 to £70,000 per year
Our client is a water and civil engineering contractor with many years’ experience delivering world class projects across the UK and they are currently looking to recruit a Design Manager located in St Albans or East London. In this role you will: - Deliver technical solutions in response to the needs of...
  • Posted
  • Deadline: 08.08.2024

Managing consultant

Nisa Hamid

Quote ref: 513/28588

Quote ref: 513/28588

Job description

Our client is a water and civil engineering contractor with many years’ experience delivering world class projects across the UK and they are currently looking to recruit a Design Manager located in St Albans or East London.  


In this role you will:  

- Deliver technical solutions in response to the needs of the company’s programme of work, initially working on the Manor Road NOS7 and NOS8 bridges remediation project. Works on Manor Road will include managing the completion of the design for remediation of the NOS7 and NOS8 bridges, including 5no. trunk sewer barrels across rail and road spans.  

- Assist in the development of design scopes and the review of tenders through to contract award. Lead design consultants and multi-discipline engineering teams to deliver the design solutions to programme and budget, including complex enabling and temporary works schemes.  

- Take responsibility for the technical compliance, multi-disciplinary co-ordination, quality and appropriateness of solutions delivered. Leading the design assurance process and production of deliverables to satisfy Thames Water and Key Stakeholder requirements; managing site change and assisting with handover including as-builts.  

- Support the project delivery teams by providing innovative design solutions through all stages of the project lifecycle based on client and site-specific requirements. Proactively seek opportunities through design innovation and actively seek to manage risk through the design process in relation to CDM.  

- Effectively support and collaborate with the wider project team in the management of contracts with Thames Water, consultants and the supply chain including commercial, planning and project controls (reporting).  

- Within the wider business, packages may include design development for clean water, wastewater and biosolids treatment solutions, pipelines, trunk mains, sewers pumping stations and networks.  

- Ensure timely delivery of technical solutions in response to the needs of the project schedule and the company’s programme of work.  


Some of the Key Responsibilities for this role include:  

• Take ownership and accountability for the technical appropriateness of the project solutions delivered throughout the project life cycle.  

• Ensure design work is correct and complies with the customer and statutory standards, regulations, and specifications.  

• Manage the agreed contract with external design consultants ensuring that duties are discharged under the contract and if not, that appropriate action is taken.  

• Manage the development and delivery of appropriate, robust, reliable, operable, and maintainable asset designs that meet the project objectives.  

• Management of multi-discipline teams of Engineers from within the business, consultants, and partner companies in the production of project solutions to the required level of design.  

• Production and management of project engineering budgets and schedules for review by the head of engineering before submission to the Project Manager.  

• Implement change control processes to track and manage the development of the Engineering element of a project to ensure all budgetary, programme and scope changes are correctly managed.  

• Ensure that all engineering outputs provided are following Health and Safety Legislation, documented Business Processes, Client and Stakeholder processes, Quality Management Systems & best practices e.g., checked and verified: calculations, drawings, specifications, and compliance with appropriate standards.  

• Evaluate designs and solutions.  

• Support supply chain selection for specialists’ input on the design.  

• Collaboration with other technical, operational, maintenance, and strategic stakeholders, and design coordinators.  

• Liaison with Engineering Managers, Project Managers and consultants concerning project issues, scope changes, risks etc.  

• Temporary Works: Understanding of what encompasses Temporary Works and the supporting engineering, understanding of the types of temporary works designs available and what responsibilities the associated roles (designer/coordinator/contractor) have and engagement of internal and external temporary works designers.  


Audit and Governance:  

• Ensure their Code of Conduct is thoroughly understood, adhered to, and promoted across the business to ensure safe, compliant, and consistent working practices.  

• To operate in an open- and even-handed manner with all personnel across the business.  

• Treat all who they interact with, with courtesy and respect, treating everyone equally and embracing differences.  

• Encourage everyone to achieve maximum potential.  

• To proactively contribute to teamwork and cross-functional working.  

• To listen to each other and share knowledge enables them to willingly combine expertise across the business and with their clients and supply chain.  

• Behaving with integrity and always demonstrating a professional image.  

• To take personal responsibility & accountability for actions, constantly striving to improve and exceed expectations ensuring safety and quality are never compromised.  


Key Relationships:  

• Regional Managers, Engineering Managers, Operational Managers, and Contracts Managers  

• Site Agents and Site team  

• General Public  

• Regional HSEQ team  

• Quality and Technical Assurance Manager  

• Communication team



• Minimum 10 years of design and management experience  

• Foul water drainage system  

• Portable Water Mains  

• Building Information Modelling (BIM) and common data environments  

• Degree/HNC qualified, or equivalent, in civil engineering  

• Member of a recognized engineering institution, Incorporated Engineer, or Chartered Engineer and or working towards membership  

• Excellent communication skills with the ability to liaise effectively with clients, key stakeholders and staff  

• Self-driven and results-oriented with a positive outlook  

• People management, time management, project design management

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