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Associate Design Manager / Project Lead -


We are seeking an experienced Associate Design Manager to provide project leadership from inception through completion, including pre and post contract. You will be responsible for expertly managing the relationship between the design team and Subject Matter Expert (SME), while maintaining an excellent relationship with the client. 

Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both with colleagues and clients, a wealth of experience working on innovative projects with leading client organisations, and contractors will equip you to take a future pro-active role in forging client relationships and business development of our sector portfolio.

The ideal candidate will be a Chartered Engineer, educated to degree level in Building Services Engineering or equivalent with a minimum of 10 years’ industry experience.

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 distill into design toll gates for delivery(typically master plan, 50% 80% and 100% design)
      • Manage project requirements to present progress and manage the acquisition of design information whilst managing multiple work streams 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

Technical Capabilities

      • 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 20-25 week 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
      • An in-depth technical expertise in industrial architecture, structures, civils, acoustics, environmental
      • 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
      • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Project 
      • Ability to use IT based calculation and spreadsheet software
      • Adaptable, proactive approach to engineering tasks
      • 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


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.

Location: Bicester

Region: Europe


Ready to join the team?

If you think you have what it takes to join an award winning team and help RED continue its exciting journey, we want to hear from you.