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A design manager is responsible for coordinating the design work involved across the entire construction process, from the work of design teams and architects, through the planning phases, to final construction.


Average salaries are in the region of £40,000.00 to £60,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A design manager is responsible for coordinating the design work involved across the entire construction process, from the work of design teams and architects, through the planning phases, to final construction.

What they do

The design manger – also known as design coordinator or design and build manager – makes sure that all necessary information is shared between the various teams involved in both design and construction, ensuring the end product delivers everything the client expects.

This work requires a thorough understand of technical, regulatory and commercial issues as well as pure design considerations. Good communications skills are also needed as design managers work closely with other teams and departments.

This is a role that is focused on the management of processes and information, and the coordination of the many different skills involved in the delivery of a successful design and construction project.

As a Design Manager, you would be:

  • Leading project meetings
  • Overseeing internal and external design teams
  • Liaising with other teams and departments
  • Working with clients to ensure that their requirements are fulfilled and expectations met
  • Making sure that design information is available to those who need it, when they need it
  • Maintaining thorough documentation of all processes
  • Keeping up to date with changing legislation and codes of practice to ensure compliance

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained design managers can earn in the region of £30,000-£45,000
  • Trained with experience design managers can earn in the region of £40,000-£60,000
  • Senior, chartered or master design managers can earn in the region of £70,000-£90,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

A career as a design manager will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday. There may be times where you'd need to work late, particularly in more senior roles.


 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

This is a role requiring significant technical skills. It is possible to go into this kind of role without formal qualification requirements, but it's generally more accepted if you complete one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC in Building Studies, Building Engineering or Building Management
  • HNC/HND/degree in Construction Management or Architecture (or their equivalent such as the Scottish SCQF/SVQ)
  • BSc in Design and Construction Management

Further qualifications – and Chartered status – can be gained through courses accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 Construction Professionals and Technical staff (which includes Design Managers), between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be Scotland followed by a fairly even spread across North East, East England, Wales, Northern Ireland and West Midlands.

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