Senior Design Manager

Senior Design Manager

12-15 years
Not Specified

Job Description

Job Summary
Serves as a fully capable professional who plans, organizes and manages the design process to bring about the successful completion of medium to large scale projects.
Core Task:

  • Develops design programmes in conjunction with Lead Designer and Discipline Leads and ensures execution of project deliverables are consistent with the Project Plan

  • Ensures discipline project teams under their management comply with Project Execution Plans, including design management, project management and BIM management plans, and are adhered to throughout the project delivery process

  • Manages design procedures - information exchange / issue logs / RFI s

  • Schedules weekly design coordination meetings

  • Confirms with Lead Designer co-ordination issues are resolved (Through use of task log or similar tracking tools)

  • Reviews scope of work, roles & responsibilities, and deliverables prepared by discipline leads to check alignment and consistency with Client and contract requirements.

  • Assists the PM with controlling change

  • Assists the PM with managing risk

  • Responsible for periodic project progress reports to senior management

  • Responsible for defining the quality budget and schedule for completing the technical quality review on deliverables

Job Duties:
Project/Design Responsibilities:

  • Organises own and others work to achieve set deadlines

  • Responsible for the completeness & accuracy of own work.

  • Takes accountability for own work

  • Collaborates/communicates with team regarding design scope and scope compliance

  • Communicates with clarity, purpose and accuracy

  • Responsible for the preparation and compilation of design scope / status reporting to PM

  • Developed knowledge of AECOM's QMS procedures

  • Attends client meetings scheduled, chaired & recorded by PM

  • Confidently present work to colleagues, clients and stakeholders.

  • Contribute to design management input at early design phases and during the course of projects

  • Reviews tender submissions for construction works, contributes to Tender Report prepared by PM

Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Planning and monitoring others work to achieve set deadlines

  • Mentoring junior team members

  • Manages the assigned team of Architects, Engineers and Technicians on a day to day basis and ensures design scope compliance is achieved throughout

  • Manages design scope on medium to large scale projects or particular packages for large, complex projects ensuring project scope and objectives are met,

  • Motivates team and facilitates them to bring ideas and solutions to the table

  • Routinely interacts with clients, contractors and others using skills of persuasion and negotiation to resolve critical issues

  • Promotes teamwork within design team (including the GDC), maintaining positive moral and instilling a productive culture within the team

  • Support and develop junior staff through guidance, mentoring and leadership of their development

  • Ensures, directly and through subordinates, that project scope is completed and meets all requirements of the Design Brief

  • Support Directors with operational responsibilities which includes development and implementing Technical Excellence initiatives, management of resources (HR), training initiatives (CPD)

Commercial Responsibilities:

  • Understands and implements project management principles and able to work within project budgets which includes fees and managing design to budget

  • Contribute to preparation of bids

  • Engage in marketing and business development

Managing Sub-consultants:

  • Prepare technical requirements and responsibility matrix for each area of scope for sub-consultant contracts in conjunction with Discipline Leads to ensure all scope is accounted for

  • Manage updates to sub-consultant contracts and assist PM in preparation of final documents

Establish and Manage Design Procedures:

  • In conjunction with Project Management and Design Teams, develop & maintain the Design Management Plan (DMP) for use by the entire project team. The DMP will include information such as organisation charts, project directory, communication routes etc.

  • Establish and implement design procedures and protocols to be followed by the Design Team for successful project delivery including project scope, requirements, deadlines, digital design management systems and tools

  • Plans for Safety in Design throughout all design stages of a project

  • Manage information exchange including monitoring of deliverables issued by sub- consultants to determine with Discipline Leads whether submittals are as per agreed scopes

  • Assist PM, Lead Designer & Discipline Leads in preparing technical content of Change Requests to Clients.

Monitoring Design Schedule and Progress:

  • Produce an integrated design schedule using MS Project or Primavera following liaison with all Design Team members including key milestones laid out by the client. Internal milestones, co-ordination sequences and delivery dates.

  • Monitor design progress and identify areas of risk / concern that are approaching

  • Holistic view of design deliverables, who they need to be prepared by and when they need to be delivered. Monitor Discipline Leads and Sub-Consultants.

Documentation and Deliverables:

  • Prepare progress reports in the necessary format as required by PM / Client

  • Monitor and collate comments from the client on design submission and manage responses from the Design Team

  • Track and monitor status of all comments affecting design stage and final close-out

Organises, logs, tracks and monitors Tender queries and responses:

  • Reviews tender submissions for construction works, contributes to Tender Report prepared by PM

  • Manage project data exchange websites where necessary

  • Organise Project Meetings and define the Decision-Making Process

  • Prepare and agree with the PM & Lead Designer a formal schedule for all project workshops and meetings including an outline agenda, location etc. Obtain all necessary input from the Design Team to ensure all key issues are addressed

  • Attends Client meetings scheduled, chaired & recorded by PM

  • Schedule, chair and record Design Team meetings where required

  • Schedules, chairs and records Design Progress meetings regarding common design & BIM Tasks

  • Schedules, chairs and records BIM & Navisworks meetings to review accuracy and quality of discipline BIM model information, scope compliance, and coordination

  • Prepare and issue minutes of all recurring scheduled project workshops and meetings, circulate these minutes for comment before formal issue to the client where applicable

  • Establish procedures and processes to assist in the briefing and information gathering process such as a Request for Information (RFI) system. Responsibilities and roles of decision making to be identified


  • This is a Client, PM and Lead Designer facing role and demonstrable skills in maintaining and developing both internal and external relationships are required

  • The Senior Design Manager will be expected to convey a positive attitude whilst maintaining the highest standards in undertaking their work and acting with integrity and professionalism at all times. They should comply with the firms laid down standards, procedures and processes and implement these effectively

  • Communicates with clarity, purpose and accuracy

Minimum Requirements
Specific Skills Required:
Project/Design Skills:

  • Ability to fulfil all the above duties and responsibilities

  • Excellent technical knowledge of multi-discipline A/E products & services

  • Proficient understanding of design & construction processes and interfaces between disciplines / trades

  • A good awareness of Autodesk Revit, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, Navisworks, presentation software and managing projects in a BIM environment

  • Knowledgeable of Industry BIM standards, processes and general approaches

  • Schedules BIM model checks on projects according to established and company standards to ensure completeness of discipline models

  • Ability to extract, manipulate and present BIM model information as required e.g. at client meetings / presentations

  • Developed skills in the use a variety of software / media in the development, of presentations

  • Full understanding of Safety in Design requirements and able to communicate the principals with the design team

  • Developed presentation skills (written & verbal)

  • Proficiency in MS Project and other Design Planning & Management tools

Managerial Skills:

  • Fully developed leadership skills

  • Comprehensive project experience

  • Demonstrates a highly organized and systematic approach to managing a project. Understands the necessity to keep team and project tasks lists updated and complete

  • Excellent Time Management skills and constantly seeks to streamline processes and procedures to increase quality and efficiency

  • Project and design programming skills

  • Builds positive long-term relationships at a working level with Internal & External clients

  • Full understanding of scope definition and scope interface and ability to transmit the same to others

  • Instils a culture of personal responsibility for adherence to and improvement of AECOM's standards, policies, codes and procedures

  • Assist in the development of the Design Management team members through mentoring, training and performance reviews within AECOM's Middle East offices

Commercial Skills:

  • Full understanding of AECOM's commercial management of projects and instils the importance of financial health and profitability

  • Full understanding of risk management and ability to communicate the same to others

General Skills:

  • Flexibility of attitude towards company objectives

  • Must be detail-oriented, consistent and highly accurate in the work

  • Must be a team player, have a positive attitude, and be a self-starter

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Proficiency in MS Project/Excel/InDesign

  • Comprehensive experience in multi-disciplinary design, development and implementation of design management tools and procedures

  • Ability and motivated to update skills and expertise through continuing professional development (CPD) initiatives

  • Full knowledge of AECOM's standards, policies, codes and procedures and ability to transmit the same to others

  • Excellent command of English (written and spoken). Knowledge of other languages is an added value

Experience :

  • Minimum 12 years post undergraduate education

  • Proven related professional experience in a Design Management or Multi-disciplinary Design Practice

  • Experience of working on large scale projects

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science in Design Management or Bachelor of Science in a relevant design discipline

What We Offer
We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you're working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.
You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion - a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.
We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.
We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.
When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts - planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers - leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let's get started.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours.
Virtual: No
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021.

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