Design Manager

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Design Manager

Work location: Malvern

Division: Small Works

Type: Full time

Who we are

Speller Metcalfe is on a mission… and it’s a simple one. We want to build a sustainable company at the forefront of construction – one that is built with a people-first approach in mind.

As a family business with nearly 30 years’ experience under our belts, our focus is not just getting you through the door, but developing your skills to support a long-term career with us. We’re proud of our high levels of staff retention and with staff at the very heart of our company, you’re never just a cog in the machine, but someone who can truly have an impact on how we do business.

Our background

Established in 1995 by Steve Speller and Andy Metcalfe, their vision was to develop a business at the cutting edge of construction, built upon an ethos of family values which are reflected in everything we do.

Now one of the UK’s leading regional contractors, we predominantly work across the Midlands and South West regions. With offices in Malvern and Wolverhampton, we deliver a range of public and private sector projects from £250k up to £30 million across a numbers of fields including education, healthcare, residential and leisure.


The job

Our Small Works team run projects up to £5 million in value which are complex and specialist in nature. Examples are the refurbishment of student accommodation or a new-build science lab extension together with extended car parking. We work on projects in the West Midlands including Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and into Bristol. Due to business growth, we’re seeking a new Design Manager to join our Small Works team, based out of our Malvern office. As the go-to Design Manger for projects, you’ll lead the preconstruction & construction phase design deliverables, ensuring co-ordination right through to client handover stage.

This is a ‘blended working’ role split between home, office and sites, working onsite (office or sites) approximately 3 days per week.

How You’ll Contribute

In this busy role, you will:

  • Manage the Design on multiple projects throughout Pre-Construction and during construction.
  • Chair Design Coordination meetings with the Design Team for each project.
  • Manage the flow of information between all key stakeholders – consultants/sub-contractors/site/client.
  • Manage the use of the common data environment with the assistance of a document controller – Viewpoint 4 Projects.
  • Produce the Design Release Schedule in coordination with the project programme and procurement schedule.
  • Monitor the release of design information against the agreed Design Release Schedule.
  • Co-ordinate the Design Team and Specialist designing subcontractors.
  • Provide technical advice as necessary to the Client/project teams.
  • Encourage innovative cost-effective solutions.


Who are we looking for?

What You’ll Bring

To be successful in this role you will bring your enthusiasm and determination as well as:


  • Experience as a Design Manager working on refurbishment and extension projects

Core Behaviours which will help you to be successful in this role include:

  • Takes responsibility & accountability.
  • Is a team player.
  • Builds and manages strong relationships.


What’s in it for you?

As well as a competitive salary, increasing holiday benefits and access to private healthcare, we offer a number of other benefits for our staff.


Sound interesting?

Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our values, we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute. Our mission has always been to encourage, develop and combine the individual talents of our staff, and we welcome and encourage staff from all backgrounds and abilities.

We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

If you don’t meet all the criteria, but are still interested in joining us, email us your CV anyway! It’s always good to hear from people who can bring their enthusiasm and desire to learn to our team.