Senior Design Manager

Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date Posted January 13, 2021
Category Engineering / MEP
Job Type Full-time


Senior Design Manager

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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




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


When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.


Job Category Architecture and Design


Business Line Buildings & Places


Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)


Country United Arab Emirates


Position Status Full-Time


Requisition/Vacancy No. 243291BR


Clearance Required No


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.

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