Job Title:Design Manager
Requisition Number:2019-026

Type of Position:Full Time
Education Required:High School/GED
Security Clearance Required:No
Posting Start Date:8/7/2019

Design Manager

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Description/Job Summary

The Design Manager (DM) is responsible for all aspects of the management of the design elements including the schedule for design and the production and quality control of technical submission drawings and design narratives associated with Design Assist, Design-Build, and Construction Management type contracts. The DM works directly with the Owner, the Design Team, the Construction Team’s Operations staff, and Preconstruction/Purchasing. This position reports to the Director of Purchasing. 


Management and Team leadership
  • Ensure timely completion of design project
  • Coordinate and supervise employees and consultants
  • Hold team members accountable for their actions
  • Work as pre-construction representative throughout the design process
  • Maintain communication between the design and construction teams at all times
Maintain close liaison with Owner and Design Team
  • Facilitate design decision-making
  • Provide technical and design input and preparation of documents for approval, construction and contract administration
  • Involvement in key meetings and discussions
  • Maintain contact with networks and Design Firms
  • Be familiar with and be able to negotiate A/E price proposals
  • Attend and chair design meetings with the owner, A/E and subcontractors 
Monitor the planning and permitting of approval processes and contractual obligations
  • Liaison with agencies, as required.
  • Review and analyze contract documents to determine contractual obligations
  • Develop and maintain log of design assumptions and design betterments
  • Develop expectations for content and quality of design at various stages of project
  • Review and provide comments on final concept drawings and working drawings
  • Review progress design drawings for compliance and bridging documents and budgets
  • Perform estimating services during the design period, including verification that pricing matches the design narrative and technical drawing product
Assist Business Development
  • Preparation of technical proposals
  • Preparation and delivery of oral presentations

Required Skills

  • Possess strong team building; interpersonal; decision making, problem solving, and negotiating skills
  • This position requires strong verbal communication skills.

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three (3) years of design phase management experience as it relates to construction management and/or general contracting. 
In lieu of bachelor’s degree, high school diploma and a minimum of eight (8) years design phase management experience as it relates to construction management and/or general contracting is required.

Preferred Experience

A substantial background in Design Build contracting and process management; and having worked on either the contractor or consultancy side with a proven record of leading a team from design to construction with an emphasis on building client relationships is preferred.

Required Education

High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Preferred Education

Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering or construction management
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