CDM Principal Designer - London or Bicester

Location London or Bicester
Region EMEA
Flexibility Hybrid

RED are an expanding international M&E consultancy, with a proven track record in low energy design, focused on providing excellent design solutions to clients.

Through our market leading technical expertise, we enable the world’s digital infrastructure and develop the built environment whilst also helping clients realise ambitious plans for zero carbon-built environments. We cover the entire life cycle of any building project, with our broad capability offering saving our clients time, money, and effort. Our approach is centred around listening to our clients and interacting energetically with our fellow project stakeholders. We add value with our people, client service ethos, global delivery strategy, technical ability, and attitude.

We now seek a fully experienced CDM Principal Designer to be based out of our London or Bicester office.

Role Responsibilities

The Principal Designers role is to plan, manage and monitor the Pre-Construction
phase, to co-ordinate Health & Safety. The Principal Designer must: -

  • Fulfil the duties of the Principal Designer as defined under CDM 2015 including where necessary carrying out the role of CDM-Advisor to support the client.
  • Ensuring that multiple team members and duty holders such as the client, designers, contractors and other internal multidisciplinary team members at RED coordinate and cooperate with each other and check that relevant duties are complied with.
  • Assist the client in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction information
  • Provide pre-construction information to designers, the principal contractor and contractors
  • Ensure that designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other
  • Assist client in validating health & safety credentials of contractors
  • Undertake safety by design review workshops
  • Attend client meetings during all phase of the project and advise the client and design team on Health & Safety guidelines.
  • Guide the Design team and client through Health & Safety requirement through all the relevant project phases including RIBA Stage
  • Organise design risk workshops and review designers risk assessments
  • Liaise with client representatives, Principal Contractor and contractors with respect to health and safety
  • Review of Principal Contractors information, including:
    • Construction Phase Health & Safety plan
    • Prepare the Health & Safety file
    • Submit F10 on behalf of client
    • Undertake CDM site audits on behalf of client
    • Undertake lessons learned workshops
    • Undertake audits
    • Review and identify surveys etc required.
  • Produce and issue fee schedule and responsible for project reporting internally
  • Responsible for internal project reporting on progress, close out and supporting invoicing.

Role Requirements

  •  At least 5 years’ experience in a similar role with a focus on Construction Design Management
  • Experience working on projects largely led by MEP services
  • Data Centre and/or large scale infrastructure project experience
  • ISO standard knowledge and experience beneficial
  • Stable career background
  • Knowledge of MEP building services would be useful
  • NEBOSH Diploma essential
  • Experience of construction site safety
  • Ideally to have experience of appropriate H&S procedures in an engineering consultancy environment in the construction sector and specifically relating to site visitors and professionals compared to contractors and site operatives.
  • Ideally to have working knowledge and experience of the UK Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and their applicability to design consultants in the built environment.
  • You understand risk assessment and mitigation methods and ability to identify the most effective techniques and tools to use
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and oral
  • Experience of having worked for an international consultancy (desirable)
  • Sound knowledge & working application of key H&S issues and legislation
  • Knowledge of MS office applications word, excel etc.
  • Good understanding of British Standards
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and work to deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Presentation and training skills
  • Fluent English speaker (essential) with other language skills (desirable)
  • Chairing/facilitation of meeting skills
  • Knowledge of Mechanical and Electrical building systems preferred
  • Working knowledge of CDM, PUWER, COSHH, LOLER, MHSWR etc Regulations
  • Ability to co-ordinate with designers and contractors
  • Delivery of contract and program management - managing contractors’ progress, information, and document flow etc.
  • Ability to use IT based calculation and spreadsheet software
  • Act in an ethical manner and follows the principles of the Ethics Charter and Ethics in Practice Guidelines
  • Background in consulting or construction preferred
  • Good understanding of H&S within an international business / consultancy


RED offers a variety of benefits, including but not limited to:

  • 23 days annual leave rising to 28 days annual leave over 5 years’ service
  • Holiday purchase and buy back scheme
  • Hybrid Working
  • Contributory company pension scheme
  • Healthcare Scheme via salary sacrifice (Company funded cover is dependant on level)
  • Non-contractual bonus awards
  • Training sponsorship
  • Charity volunteering leave
  • Wellness days/ initiatives.
  • 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.

*This role will ideally suit those with the right to live & work in the UK without restrictions, as we are unable to offer sponsorship at the present time.

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