• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Wicklow

We are supporting our Client, based in Wicklow, as they recruit a Design Manager to join their team. Our Client is Ireland’s leading partner of choice in all construction industry sectors. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who has experience in Technical Design and management.

Salary –   50k+ DOE
Company Location – Wicklow
Please note – This role will be a hybrid or remote working week, depending on your location.

The Role Holders will assume full responsibility and accountability for the successful delivery of the technical design stage of their respective projects in Ireland, Europe, and the UK.
The role will involve managing internal and external designers to execute projects to the highest level of client satisfaction. The role leads and manages Pre-Construction activities as the project moves from Award through Planning, Design Coordination, Procurement, and delivery to the Site Operations Team.


  • The Technical design manager will be responsible for taking a project from award to handover, being a key point of contact with client and Main Contractor during pre-construction.
  • Lead the technical design and submittal process, carry out further value engineering exercises in collaboration with the Commercial Department, refine specifications to ensure no under/over specifying is taking place and ensure financial opportunities are maximised.
  • Attend internal and external project meetings as the business Design Lead, ensuring project and client expectations are met.
  • Attend departmental meetings and present summary reports on project health, program, budget, approvals, etc.
  • Ensure potential risks are identified and reported to Directors and Senior Management at the earliest possible stage.
  • Manage resource requirements, utilizing internal teams and establishing external consultants to fulfil project requirements.

Technical/Design Management

  • Review drawings produced by internal and external designers, ensuring compliance.
  • Review specifications thoroughly, ensuring proposals are fit for purpose.
  • Review fire requirements for projects, ensuring the specifications proposed are in accordance with local building regulations.
  • Conduct value engineering exercises at all opportunities.
  • Review and interrogate calculations produced externally to ensure that we are not over- or under-specifying and are in compliance with building regulations at all times.
  • Ensure compliance with company operating procedures and input into upkeep and update of same.

Project Management

  • Manage the design and technical submittal process in accordance with the project program, ensuring deadlines are achieved and reporting any potential delays to the Head of Design.
  • Review Bills of Quantities thoroughly ensuring no contradictions or inaccuracies and communicate same to project stakeholders immediately.
  • Ensure compliance with project SORs
  • Ensure design deliverables and design programme are set out and met.
  • Once the design/ pre-construction work is complete, hand over the project to the wider company, which includes operations, quantity surveyors, and installation teams. Identify potential risks and opportunities that are available. A two/three stage handover process may be required to ensure all parties are comprehensively briefed on the project in strict accordance with the department SOPs.
  • Oversee design budget tracking for projects you are responsible for and ensure regular updates on the same with the Head of Design.

People Management

  •  Manage internal and external resources with work allocations, pipeline reviews and general team management under the direction of Head of Design.
  • Actively take part in hiring, training and evaluating employees.
  • Demonstrate motivational leadership towards your team, coaching, supporting and guiding staff where possible.

What you will bring to the role:

  • Resilient, transparent, a leader, and most importantly positive and team player.
  • Be adaptable and innovative in your approach to planning and operations.
  • Highly organised with strong attention to detail.
  • Able to negotiate priorities and objectives to align varying viewpoints and create a unified approach.
  • Able to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders and to build relationships across diverse groups with strong client service skills.
  • Able to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Able to learn, understand and apply new technologies and business process domains.
  • Effective and proactive communication is a prerequisite

Competencies required for the role

  •  A BTEC in Building Studies, Building Engineering or Building Management or a HNC/ HND/ Degree in Construction Management or Architecture / Architectural Technology (including an industrial placement).
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in managing elements of construction projects.

Key skills

  • Effective communication, supervision, and managerial skills
  • Must have high computer skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong team player
  • Current drivers licence

The post holder will demonstrate competence in the following areas:

Leading & Driving Performance

  • Proactive with an ability to work on own initiative and to take the lead where appropriate
  • Takes responsibility for own work and actions, delivers effectively, on time and to a high standard
  • Is a strong team player, collaborating and working closely with all members of the business
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic about taking on new challenges

Managing Resources

  • Good skills in maximising the use of resources available to achieve results and best value
  • Committed to sharing knowledge and information with colleagues and line managers
  • Can compile, analyse, and collate information in a meaningful way
  • Maximising the use of information communications technology builds knowledge of its application and puts it to appropriate use to increase business performance and outputs.

Managing Relationships

  • Is committed to building and maintaining effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Has well-developed influencing skills with an ability to communicate strategies and to gain support for plans and ideas

Anticipating & Adapting to Change

  • Maintains an external focus and applies critical thinking to anticipate the potential impact of external issues on the business
  • Has a positive attitude to change and willingly identifies and embraces new plans and strategies for the business.

Imagination, Innovation & Creativity

  • Embraces innovation and creativity within the Company and makes innovative and creative suggestions to the management team on possible improvements
  • Displays a fresh and forward-thinking approach

Communications Skills.

  • Demonstrates ability to communicate verbal information clearly and concisely, is capable of delivering presentations, and actively participates in relevant meetings
  • Demonstrates ability to produce written reports to a high standard

If this Technical Design Manager role is of interest to you, send your CV to Claire today or connect with her on LinkedIn!

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