Associate Design Manager / Project Lead

  • Location: London
  • Type: Permanent
  • Job #973

Associate Design Manager / Project Lead

London / Bicester, UK
Salary: Based on experience

Our client are an expanding international M&E consultancy, with a proven track record in low energy design, focused on providing excellent design solutions to clients.

We now seek a fully experienced Associate Design Manager to be based in our London or Bicester office with the ability to inspire others. You will have the ability to provide and maintain high quality client facing relationships and internal management, team leadership and project delivery whilst acting with integrity and high professional standards.

Role Responsibilities

  • Carry out cost and profit diagnosis on projects including feasibility studies and preparation of fee bids
  • Review status advised by project personnel and external parties and modifies schedules or plans as required. Prepares project reports for Management, Client or others
  • Day to day decision making on project progress and direct liaison with, and provides advice to client
  • Ensures risk and performance monitoring analysis takes place through effective systems of internal control and delegation
  • Capture a project brief and distil into design toll gates for delivery (typically masterplan, 50% 80% and 100% design)
  • Manage project requirements to present progress and manage the acquisition of design information whilst managing multiple workstreams concurrently
  • Lead and coordinate teams to deliver coherent and well-rehearsed face to face page turn presentations
  • Manage virtual design teams working across multiple times zones
  • Collaborate with and coach the design team through the design stage on the basis that the design team are the experts and put forward recommended solutions that localise the clients design principles to the subject sites
  • Maintain clear and accurate records and reports
  • Lead, mentor and develop the team to achieve project and business goals
  • Contribute to the growth of the business via business development
  • ‘Set the standard’ in terms of how hard, how long and how professionally the team will operate
  • Drive the team, dealing with difficult issues as they arise in a fair and reasonable manner
  • Identify and address performance issues before the client raises them
  • Quickly understand clients process and develop supporting tools
  • Work autonomously, as part of a wider team and leading a team
  • Actively participate in new growth initiatives internal and external and to contribute to the development of internal systems and procedures
  • Manage project P&L spot and report issues as they arise
  • Support growth initiatives
  • Support the delivery of projects in accordance with the expectations of the clients Project Delivery Process from a Project Management, Financial Management, QA/QC and Technical Review perspective

Role Requirements

  • BEng in appropriate engineering discipline desirable
  • MCIBSE/MIEE/IMechE Professional Membership desirable
  • Chartered Engineer status desirable
  • Proven experience intaking a project requirement, typically for a new hyperscale availability zone comprising of one to three sites from the real estate due diligence phase to 100% design phase in circa a 20-25week timescale period desirable
  • Experience in project management and MEP engineering track record with some experience of data centres or other heavily engineered buildings e.g. pharma, process, hospital,
  • Knowledge of UTI and Sub UTI T3 principles e.g. distributed redundancy
  • 10+ Years’ experience at Senior Engineer level or above desirable
  • Enthusiastic, driven and dynamic self-starter with career progression aspirations
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the design process
  • Peripheral experience in architecture, structures, civils, security and permitting
  • Sound understanding of template design with localisation requirements
  • Ability to forge strong client and supplier relationships and maintain the same
  • Ability to keep clear and accurate records and reports
  • Ability to mentor and develop and team to achieve project and business goals
  • Ability to contribute to the growth of the business via business development
  • Ability to work well, either alone, or as part of a team under own initiative
  • Ability to step outside A/E consultancy delivery norms and embrace an intensively collaborative design environment working for and reporting daily to an expert client
  • Ability to proactively step outside the role of conventional design regiment and stages and to understand fast track design driven by the hyperscale client model
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (word/excel outlook/PowerPoint)
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Project
  • Ability to use IT based calculation and spreadsheet software
  • Flexible and willing to travel regularly to service international projects and customers
  • Commercial and financial awareness and management of projects and fees
  • Ability to work autonomously, as part of a wider team, and leading a team
  • Sound knowledge & working application of key Health and Safety issues and legislation
  • Able to chair & facilitate meetings at all levels
  • Possess exceptional clear communication skills and command of English spoken/written,
  • Have an appreciation of different cultures/races and embrace the same
  • Understand and maintain the long terms goals of the business
  • Understand the company QA process, maintain and contribute to the same
  • Maintain an appropriate knowledge of industry initiatives


Salary commensurate with experience.

Our people work in friendly teams with a collaborative approach and mentoring support from talented leaders.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package and are an equal opportunities employer.





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