Head of Design

  • M-AR
  • Dec 08, 2021
Full time Construction

Job Description


  • To lead the design department / third party designers and consultants to ensure the design meets with the customers' needs and expectations
  • To ensure the design process is adhered to, to enable the project deliverables are met in the most efficient way and eliminating errors through accurate detailing
  • To review the contract requirements to ensure the design solution is cost effective and offers best value to M-AR and our customers
  • Manage and schedule team workload in line with multiple project requirements, with the assistance of the Head of Operations, to ensure successful and timely completion of work.


  • Assume overall responsibility for the performance of the M-AR design department.
  • Deliver works in line with the M-AR ISO certified standards.
  • Take responsibility for maintenance of M-AR accreditations including: BOPAS, ISO and BIM.
  • Lead the design department and manage the day to day work of the design team.
  • Undertake regular liaison with the team and undertake annual performance appraisals and training as required.
  • Identify any skill/training requirements and set strategies for obtaining these.
  • Review and manage the software and hardware requirements to allow M-AR to achieve industry best practice.
  • Fairly managing performance and disciplinary issues within the design department team.
  • Develop detailed design deliverables from tender review meeting.
  • Undertake pre-construction buildability and design assessments to support the bid process.
  • Generate design deliverable schedules for third party designers/contractors
  • Ensure warranty cover in line with contract requirements
  • Identify and obtain design fees for third party designers/contractors for incorporation into PCSA/ Tender fees
  • Develop a detailed project design programme
  • Maintain a cumulative and resourced design programme for all projects
  • Develop Preconstruction resource cost for preconstruction department inclusion into estimates
  • Offer design advice and information to support tenders or customer requests.
  • Attend design review meetings and progress meetings with M-AR team and customers as required.
  • Attend and interact in project launch meetings.
  • Provide required technical detail for incorporation into project launch meeting
  • Provide technical support to the rest of the project team as required
  • Provide technical support to sales and marketing team
  • Liaise with specialist subcontractors to extract and develop information for incorporation in the design.
  • Offer participation in the project leader role through intense design lead projects
  • Ensure the nominated project leader is kept updated in relation to the design process of the project
  • Hold technical operatives and third-party designers/contractors to account for design realisation
  • Ensure designs and details are checked against and meet customer needs / requirements
  • Flag any potential issues to the team prior to them manifesting into a serious issue
  • Present to the rest of the project team project risks and opportunities
  • Work closely with and build / develop good working relationship with customer and customer representatives
  • Develop the technical standards and maintain a high standard of presentation
  • Develop the existing library of standardised details
  • Develop and implement BIM processes and standards within the business and wider stakeholders
  • Maintain brand / design consistency throughout the design process
  • Have a working knowledge of Statutory Regulations and Codes of Practice
  • Commit to continuous personal development and maintain an appetite to challenge the status quo.


  • Meeting all Design Deliverables in full
  • Maintaining a Design Programme so that deliverables are completed on time
  • Ensuring Design Documentation is fully controlled and accessible by all parties
  • Consultants and M-AR designers deliver best value and cost effectiveness
  • Demonstrating and reporting on improved efficiency in the design process
  • Customer rates our design process "Excellent" on every project
  • Maintenance of a solution focussed approach and positive visible leadership