Construction - Design Manager

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Robertson is one of the largest independently owned construction, infrastructure and support services companies in the UK. We have reached our 50th year of trading in better shape than ever, with a strong confirmed order book, diverse income streams and a dedicated, expert workforce.


Covering the entire built environment lifecycle, we operate throughout the UK, with offices across Scotland and the North and Midlands of England.

Robertson comprises 21 businesses, directly employing over 2200 people. A strong entrepreneurial culture – built on the foundations of innovation, productivity and sustainability – permeates the group.


Although we encompass a variety of separate businesses and capabilities, we are one group with a common goal: working together to transform communities.


This role will be working for Robertson Construction Tayside based in Dundee.

Your new role

  • Manage the project design development through pre-construction concept and scheme design stages using commercial, contractual, programme/time awareness and technical expertise.
  • Manage delivery of design from both consultant designers and specialist subcontract designers.
  • Manage design appraisal and review processes.
  • Manage the design process through internal and external review and approval gateways and submissions.
  • Appraise design information and report on level and quality of design information with particular regard to adequacy for pricing and construction.
  • Indentify unusual or abnormal design risks and establish mitigation measures to ensure design can be developed and delivered to the client’s satisfaction with solutions properly priced out.
  • Manage Third Party peer review teams (external consultants) undertaking detailed reviews and gap analysis.
  • Establish strong relationships with specialist supply chain designers to maintain technical knowledge in these areas.
  • Support, understand and advise the Project Manager/Senior Design Manager as to the requirements and obligations in the development of building design.
  • Understand the design requirements for BREEAM and establish risk and opportunities associated with compliance with BREEAM obligations
  • Take the lead on authority approvals in line with project requirements
  • Lead or participate as required in Value Management and Risk Management exercises.
  • Understand Forms of Contract and identify key design obligations
  • Understand Contractors Design Portions and establish a strategy to manage the supply chain and design team to ensure CDP solutions are achieved
  • Review design consultants appointments and identify scope gaps
  • Review design team fees and advise on adequacy of fees and residual fees
  • Identify specialist design requirements e.g. fire engineering, acoustician, etc. and deal with appointments and fees.


What's in it for me

  • 3 years industry experience
  • BTEC in Building Studies, Building Engineering or Building Manager
  • ONC/HNC/HNC/Degree in Construction Management or Architecture (including an industrial placement).
  • BSc in Design Management
  • Architectural / Design or technical background is not essential but is advantageous
  • In-depth knowledge of all aspects of a construction project
  • Knowledge of software including AutoCAD and BIM (Building Information Modelling).
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Excellent motivational and leadership skills
  • Ability to present ideas effectively as well as be able evaluate the ideas of others

Hours of work: 38.75


Robertson is an equal opportunities employer


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