Design Manager

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Role Purpose:

  • To support the delivery of design and control of the design process. To ensure designs are delivered to meet the project requirements and CPS quality standards.
  • Manage the coordination between different design teams / design organisations.
  • Provide cost effective design solutions to maintain and/or improve the road assets to the standards agreed while considering the needs of key stakeholders.
  • Maintain Design programmes to ensure schemes are delivered to programme and budget



  • Identify Design resource requirements for schemes.
  • Lead the management of Design produced outside of CPS.
  • Prepare briefs, works instructions, designs fee estimates and clear deliverables for instructing work.
  • Coordinate with the design team to contribute to the development and management of the design deliverables programme:
  • Ensure there is a clear schedule of design deliverables.
  • With the Project Manager, lead internal gateway reviews during the design phase to ensure that they are timely and appropriate sign off is achieved at each gateway.
  • Lead the co-ordination and production of design data, bid deliverables, reports and documentation essential to the project and contractual requirements and report progress against the design deliverables programme.
  • Support the development and implementation of design proposals, ensuring they meet customer requirements, including budget constraints, presenting proposals for approval to the customer. The design should deliver:
  • Safety in construction and use.
  • Quality within affordable parameters.
  • Ease of maintenance, energy efficiency with minimum environmental impact.
  • Innovation to meet customer goals and positive impact on the local community.
  • Ensure designs are appropriate and meet the CPS Quality Management Processes and required levels of quality. Manage the design review process.
  • Monitor and check designs and ensure they meet the brief and are delivered to programme and budget.
  • Allocate tasks to other design disciplines and other members of the Highways team and monitor progress and costs.
  • Seek innovation in the delivery of schemes and techniques used in design and construction.
  • Provide professional and technical competence in highway engineering.
  • Management of any 3rd parties or external design teams to ensure that they meet all customer specifications and where necessary, checking their competence and resources.
  • Liaise with all statutory bodies/authorities as required – such as Highway Authorities, Planning Authorities and statutory undertakers.
  • Ensure the Principal Designer duties are met under CDM.
  • Attend relevant community Forums to represent the Engineering Design team.
  • Consider the application of Lean techniques to save money, reduce waste and optimise design and construction.
  • Ensure that learning and best practice is captured from the project with the aim of sharing it across the business.
  • Support and mentor junior and less experienced staff.
  • Identify schemes that need to be included in the Five-Year Programme.
  • Assist the Network Strategy Manager in developing new improvement schemes.
  • Live the Connect Plus Services Values.
  • Ensure a relentless focus on Zero Harm.
  • Support the delivery of the business’ Sustainability activities.


  • Qualifications/ skills/ experience:
  • Relevant vocational qualifications (MEng/MSc/BEng/BSc/HNC and HND).
  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution (ICE or IHT)
  • Registered with the Engineering Council to at least IEng level
  • Alternatively registered with the Engineering Council to IEng or CEng level or with good relevant experience and expecting to obtain IEng/CEng within 12 months from appointment.
  • 5 days of CPD in last 12 months including 3 related to highway engineering
  • Broad skills, knowledge and understanding of other highway related design areas
  • Experience in Highway Engineering and operating at a senior level.
  • Proven experience of leading design teams and coordinating interfaces with other disciplines
  • Proven experience in the design and construction of highway schemes.
  • Detailed knowledge of codes of practice and other regulatory material is essential
  • Competent in highway engineering with substantial post-qualification experience.  Possesses an in-depth knowledge of Design Standards DMRB / MCDHW etc and a knowledge of HE procedures
  • Experience of CDM Principal Designer role and knowledge of other H&S legislation
  • Competent in exercising the Designer’s obligations of CDM
  • CSCS Management, or Professionally qualified persons, or managers card
  • Understanding of environmental requirements of highway schemes
  • Knowledge of Highways England and Connect Plus Services procedures necessary to deliver a Highways project and advantage
  • Knowledge of the use of computer design applications
  • Excellent IT Skills relevant to Civil Engineering Design and programming are desirable and Microsoft Office is essential.
  • Project management skills experience of Microsoft Project an advantage
  • Knowledge of Quality Management and IMS
  • Consultation experience with Highways England, Local Councils, Emergency Services and key stakeholders
  • Licensed to drive in the UK or with reciprocal agreement.