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Design Manager




Job Type

Full Time

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About Ethos Data Centre - Design Management
Ethos Design Management / Lead Design Consultancy Services is a fast-growing group currently operating in the Data Centre sector, Ethos's design management team have managed numerous local and international projects and developments for some of the largest blue-chip clients across the globe. The team undertake full design and management duties from RIBA stage 0 – to 6 for all disciplines including civil, structural, and architectural services along with other specialised services required to meet the Clients strategy, all in addition to our core MEP services. Our methodology to do this is based on creating good communications and cooperation between key stakeholders, use of workshops to drive the design philosophies and ensuring the team are highly focused on delivering a state-of-the-art project within our client’s programme and budget. Our people are ambitious, work on their own initiative and want to work for the best and with the best Architects and Engineers in this industry.

Job Description: Design Manager / Full-Time Permanent
Location: Dublin (office based) - Hybrid Working
Group: Data Centre - Design Management
Salary: € Negotiable
Minimum Qualifications: Degree
Essential Experience: 3rd Level College Degree, 7- 10+ years’ experience in Engineering Consultancy
Sectors: Data Centre

About the Role – Design Manager
The Design Management Group is growing on the back of our successful expansion across EMEA in the exciting world of Hyperscale Data Centre Design. We are looking for the right candidates to join us, with the drive and ambition to be a leading edge of our industry as we provide innovative & novel design solutions for our Blue-Chip Big Tech clients.

Reporting to the Project Director, the Design Manager will have technical and managerial responsibility over the Design Team for multiple projects in the EMEA region. The Design Manager will participate directly in projects and provide support to the Design Team to enable them to succeed to complete the design to meet Construction timelines and requirements. In addition, the appointed person should also be able to work proactively to assist the Design Team in resolving issues that arise with Construction or the Engineering SME’s.

Candidate Attributes

  • The candidate must be based in Ireland to be considered for this position

  • You must have a proven level of experience in delivering complex and multi-disciplined projects.

  • You must have excellent commercial awareness and business acumen with the ability to manage projects to budget including man-hours and commercial targets.

  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to produce quality work and achieve project deadlines within budget.

  • You must be self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook, and a clear focus on high quality and business services.

  • A forward planner, who identifies and resolves project challenges effectively.

  • You must be able to critically assesses your own performance and the performance of others.

  • Act as a Project Sponsor when required.

  • Have an in-depth knowledge base and experience across all RIBA work stages.

  • Ability to lead, coordinate and supervise both internal and external teams.

  • Display excellent written and verbal communication skills. Have thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and construction technology.

  • Possess exceptional technical and construction detailing ability.

  • Working knowledge of Revit would be beneficial but is not essential.

  • Work experience in the Data Centre industry sector is an advantage.

    Role Requirements

  • Provide leadership to the Design and Document Management functions on the project, in accordance with established PM Group procedures and protocols.

  • To complete and publish a Design Management Plan (part of the Project Execution Plan) and establish project-specific procedures and implement them, in accordance with PM Group established procedural protocols.

  • Provide interface with client, as appropriate where defined in the project structure.

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude to safety and ensure the "Design" team is active in this regard.

  • Lead the Design team to ensure that the overall project requirements are satisfied.

  • Working with the discipline leads to establishing an agreed scope of services for all Design disciplines and/or Design Sub-contractors/Suppliers.

  • Ensure adherence to the design brief/scope of service and develop (as required) a comprehensive scope of service for the next stage of the project.

  • Manage all design reviews and co-ordination meetings; ensuring a fully coordinated Design strategy is in place and work closely with discipline lead designers to deliver.

  • Ensure that a fully coordinated design is produced that integrates with the agreed Project Execution Plan and that the design is regularly monitored for progress and updated as required.

  • Manage change control (in conjunction with internal team)

  • Deliver to cost in terms of design fee and project prime cost.

  • Liaise with senior management to establish and confirm fee targets, and ensure the design team is aware of and monitor progress against the target fees.

  • Ensure that design is developed in line with procurement and construction requirements and the cost plan budget allowances.

  • To ensure that the Design fully accords with the defined specifications as detailed within the work package control document or Sub-contract documents as appropriate.

  • In conjunction with Senior Management and discipline heads, ensure that resource management is effectively and efficiently applied to the project.

    Key Knowledge

  • Knows where to find relevant knowledge

  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite of Software

  • Developing skills in relevant software

  • Project Management

  • Project Planning software

  • Construction


  • Flexible working times

  • Days holidays up to 25 days

  • Pension Scheme

  • Your own company laptop

  • Working travel out of pocket expenses

  • Travel tax scheme or bike to work scheme

  • Regular training / mentoring Further college support

  • Support for Chartershi

  • A Professional Subscription Fee paid by the company

  • Heavily subsidised social committee (5 a side, golf society, climbing club and regular social events)

    At Ethos, we offer free Fridays every second Friday as a perk! Apply today and take the first step towards a healthier work-life balance!At Ethos, our vision is to:Values
    Our values differentiate and focus us every day to be EPIC - for our people and our customers.

  • Recruitment Agencies: Please do not reply to this job advert. Should Ethos require assistance with this posting you will be contacted by our Talent Acquisition Team.

  • “Be the company people want to work with, and for”

  • Here at Ethos, we believe in equal opportunities and that each individual can bring something ‘WoW’ to our organisation. So if you don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, but think you have what it takes, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.

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