Design Manager

Specific Location

South Midlands

Hours of Work
Minimum 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday

David Wilson Homes

Contract Type

Closing Date
25 October 2018

Design Manager

The Design & Technical teams are involved in all aspects of housing design and innovation. This team is also responsible for researching the best materials, at the best cost.


In terms of design, there’s the sheer variety of our sites, many of them brownfield and all of them with unique problems to solve. Our drive for sustainability, value and ever changing building and environmental legislation means that innovative and unique solutions are required. Most of the people in this team have an architectural or engineering background, and for all, we offer the opportunity to gain expertise in design and project management in a challenging thought-provoking setting.



Reporting to the Technical Director, to manage the design process and report on all planning and architectural aspects of the business from land acquisition through to
site completions.



  • Provide a practical and cost effective design service to the company.
  • Management of in-house and external designers to ensure that best
    practice is followed, costs are controlled, the department maximises
    revenue generation and contribution to the company’s operating
  • Jointly responsible for producing technical design solutions within
    cost plan or approved appraisal budget.
  • Take responsibility for site evaluation, planning, architectural/ or
    engineering design and the investigation of technical problems
    encountered and provision of economically viable solutions.
  • Jointly ensure that Technical Department procedures are adhered
    to, and layouts, technical reports for land appraisal and required
    working drawings are provided within the agreed date schedule.
  • Liaise with Land / Development / Estimating / Construction / Sales
    Departments throughout the development process, provide
    technically correct information as required.
  • Take responsibility for liaison with regulatory bodies such as the
    NHBC and planning authorities in order to satisfy current standards
    and conditions.
  • Negotiate and deliver planning consents to the agreed timetable


Personal characteristics/qualifications and skills:
A strong team motivator with the drive and tenacity to achieve the
goals of the business.
Excellent communicator, with high detail orientation.
Extensive experience of working within established development methodologies.
Ability to prioritise tasks to meet changing business needs.
Demonstrable effective experience of working for a major company
in a similar role or at the level of either Planner, Architectural Technician or Design Engineer.
Knowledge and understanding of the major functions within the remit
of Technical services and how they impact on site acquisition and development.
Qualified as an Engineer, Architectural Technician or Planner to HNC level, RICS or RIBA qualified or NVQ Level 5 in a relevant subject.



Competitive base salary

Bonus scheme

Company car or car allowance

Private Medical Insurance

25 days holiday

Money Purchase Pension Scheme

Death in Service Benefit

Flexible Benefits package

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