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Design Manager

Dublin, Leinster



Job Type

Full Time - Hybrid

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As the Engineering Design Manager, you will report to the project director. Taking technical and managerial responsibility of the design team for multiple projects in EMEA. You will work independently and in support the team, ensuring successful completion of designs to meet construction timelines and requirements. Your understanding of hyperscale data centre design will enable us to provide innovative and novel design solutions to blue-chip big tech clients.

About you:

  • 7+ years' experience in a project managemnt role within the building services

  • Can 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

  • Confident in delivering complex and multi-disciplined projects

  • Commercially aware, managing projects to budget, including man-hours and commercial targets

  • Forward planner identifying and remedying project challenges effectively

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

  • Thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and construction technology

  • Possess exceptional technical and construction detailing ability

  • Working knowledge of Revit and other relevant software (beneficial but is not essential)

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

Your day-to-day activities:

  • Own leadership of the Design and Document Management functions

  • Publish a Design Management Plan (part of the Project Execution Plan) and establish project-specific procedures and implement them

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

  • Promote safety, keeping it top-of-mind for all design team members

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

  • Work with discipline leads defining 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

  • Monitor to ensure design is produced to integrate with the Project Execution Plan

  • Manage change control (in conjunction with internal team)

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

  • Monitor that the design team are sticking to budget, liaising with senior management

  • Keep the design in line with procurement and construction requirements

  • Follow defined specifications as detailed in the work package control document / sub-contract documents to ensure that the design fully accords

  • Collaborate with senior management to ensure resource management is efficiently applied


  • Flexible working times

  • 20 Days holidays up to 25 days

  • Pension Scheme

  • Travel tax scheme or bike-to-work scheme

  • Regular training/mentoring / further college support

  • Support for Chartership

  • 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!

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.

At Ethos, our vision is to:

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

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