Job description

McLaughlin & Harvey are one of the leading Building and Civil Engineering Contractors operating throughout the UK and Ireland.

We are seeking to recruit an experienced Design Manager to join the team.


The Design Manager has a critical role to play within all aspects of construction. Design Managers are professionals who manage design teams and all the processes in relation to producing a set of construction issue deliverables that a building can be built from.

The design management role can encompass overseeing internal and external design consultant teams, controlling the development of the design concept into manufacturing and managing the installation information. This can be a challenging and highly satisfying role with the Design Manager playing a key part in the overall success of a project.

  • Manage the design process using commercial, contractual, programme / time awareness and technical expertise.
  • Review and assist in tender opportunities and value engineering.
  • Engage with and manage the external consultant and sub-contractor design teams.
  • Prepare, manage, monitor and report on the Design Information Release Schedule, Design Programme and Design Responsibility Matrix.
  • Ensure the design process recognises current legislation, standards and codes of practice where appropriate.
  • Develop and implement the drawing and document control systems and protocols.
  • Review and assist the Project Manager and Project Planner in developing the construction programme in conjunction with the design programme.
  • Assist the Commercial Team in preparing and developing the procurement schedule.
  • Lead and chair the project design team meetings and design coordination workshops.
  • Assess and review project design information for content, quality, health & safety, CDM and compliance with ERs.
  • Assist the Project Manager and Project QS in reviewing scope of all variation and change control requests.
  • Implement and manage the site RFI process and register.
  • Liaise with clients, contractors, subcontractors, statutory authorities and stakeholders as required to build key project relationships.
  • Manage client expectations and requirements, and promote and manage client engagement within the project team.
  • Provide support and advice to clients as to their requirements and obligations in the development of building design.
  • Ensure design information is of the right quality and keeps pace with project timescales.
  • Strive to eliminate health and safety risks in the design and financial risks during construction.
  • Assist in on-site SHEQ and preparation of site health and safety plan, site traffic management plans & site fire plans when required.
  • Assist in on-site preparation and management of the site QA and ITP files.
  • Assist in development of company BIM standards and BIM implementation on projects when required.
  • Undertake Quality Inspections, review preparation and content of site quality plans file / ITPs, and report on site quality issues.
  • Qualifications

    Relevant design/construction related qualification.


  • Construction industry experience.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • High attention to detail and accuracy.
  • IT literate.
  • Excellent Communication Skills.
  • Good understanding of Construction processes and all aspects of Buildability.
  • Desirable

  • Experience in the use of full MS Office suite.
  • Experience in working with Document Control.
  • Experience of Viewpoint or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of BIM processes, procedures and software.
  • McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd are an Equal Opportunities Employer