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Design Lead – Flood Risk

Operating as a design lead to the engineering team(s) across the UK, the candidate for this role should have a strong technical base and have good experience in the appraisal and design of flood risk management schemes.
  • Job Title: Design Lead: Flood, Risk and Coastal
  • Salary: £55-70k experience dependent
  • Location: Redhill, UK
  • Contract Type: Full Time | Permanent

The Vacancy

Our client is recruiting a Design Lead to support their growing Flood, Coast & Maritime (FCM) team, with particular emphasis on leading a large engineering project or supporting a portfolio of projects. The team undertakes a variety of engineering projects for clients in the Flood Coastal and Maritime sector including appraisal, business case development, detailed design and site supervision.

Operating as a design lead to the engineering team(s) across the UK, the candidate for this role should have a strong technical base and have good experience in the appraisal and design of flood risk management schemes. The primary purpose of the role is to undertake and co-ordinate design within a multi-disciplinary engineering team ensuring consistent quality and timeliness of output. You will be accountable for the planning and execution of engineering projects to the defined scope, cost, and programme.

You will work closely with clients, junior team members and other specialist teams throughout the business to deliver the projects. The ability to travel to company offices and Client offices and project sites is essential. Where a key role is needed to support a major project travel to a co-located office will be needed on a regular basis.

Primary Responsibilities

The role is suitable for an experienced Chartered Civil Engineer. You should be able to demonstrate leadership and the technical knowledge and experience to guide engineering teams in the following areas:

  • Coordination of design outputs across all technical disciplines
  • Delivery of the design stage outputs of each project within the agreed timescale and budget
  • Organisation of the work required and documenting in the Design Management Plan
  • Ensuring that an adequate Technical, Safety and Environmental review is carried out for each project
  • Oversight of production of design documents which are cost effective, meet the requirements of the specification and which can be purchased, installed, and commissioned effectively.
  • Ensuring that company/Client standard designs and design practices are utilised wherever possible
  • Agreement of the design cost budget and monitoring performance against the budget and providing forecast costs to completion for individual projects
  • Recording, monitoring and controlling design changes in order to maximise cost efficiency
  • Preparation of monthly project status reports
  • Raising and resolving technical queries
  • Establishing working relationships with Client and staff and supply chain representatives to promote buildability and supply chain efficiency in design outputs
  • Contributing to ensuring a safe working environment for all staff
  • Maintaining a positive and solution-oriented approach to work, providing open and honest feedback
  • Being aware of the need to satisfy customer requirements with the aim of enhancing the customers’ perception and satisfaction
  • Taking all reasonable steps to ensure appropriate confidentiality
  • Oversight of or site supervision duties for engineering project

Client Focused Leadership

  • Responsible for determining key client interests and drivers on high complex projects and determine the key clients in specific business lines
  • Is seen by Clients as an advocate for their organisation and as a trusted technical advisor
  • Communicates client interests and drivers to the wider business and contributes to business line strategy
  • Proactively offers other services to the clients to meet their specific challenges and requirements
  • Develops and maintains regular customer contacts for expanding product/service across multiple clients

Commercial Acumen

  • Mentors members of the engineering team in managing budgets, efficient delivery, recognising scope change, managing project risks and implementing mitigation measures
  • Experienced in building up costs for production of engineering deliverables, predominantly under the NEC suite of contracts
  • Knowledge of programme management using Microsoft Project or other suitable software
  • Awareness of the tools used to monitor project performance and produce accurate cost and spend profiles to support for the project management of commissions

Strives for Continuous Improvement in Project Execution

  • Undertakes the role of Technical Authority on projects and ensures that all deliverables are compliant with our quality management system
  • Consistently and independently applies specialist knowledge and complies with quality program relative to assigned tasks
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with quality program
  • Consistently provides guidance and direction to others from their project team
  • Supports and actively encourages continuous improvement and change management efforts
  • Assists with development of quality systems and procedures within consultancy
  • Provides quality management guidance and assistance to project and engineering managers and wider team and promotes a culture that is conducive to quality

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.