Design Lead

Mott MacDonald

Location: Reading

Job Type: Full time


Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), our fully integrated engineering feasibility, design, construction and commissioning business, has been appointed as a partner to Thames Water's 5-year AMP7 capital works programme. The programme will improve clean and wastewater services to 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, as well as improving the environment. This appointment gives us direct allocation to a multimillion-pound programme of water and wastewater non-infrastructure and infrastructure projects.

We are looking for talented Design Leads with strong water/wastewater sector design experience to join our growing team. Your role as a Design Lead will be to work collaboratively with a Contracts Manager and Quantity Surveyor to deliver the design for multiple projects, or a single large project.

This is a new framework for MMB and we are seeking best for task candidates, supported by agile working. You will have the opportunity to be involved in developing relationships with the client, grow your professional network, and contribute to setting the framework and the way we deliver. This role will provide you with the opportunity to further develop your technical and management skills, with excellent long-term potential to advance your career.

  • Develop and lead your design team to successfully deliver projects and create a positive environment where staff are engaged and able to reach their potential.
  • Provide clear and visible leadership to your project design team, including those working remotely from yourself.
  • Undertake line management for multiple staff, including being responsible for their welfare and development.
  • Lead the delivery of multi-disciplinary design for either water, or wastewater infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.
  • Have strong technical skills to lead the development of affordable and low carbon solutions, including managing risk.
  • Deliver detailed design to meet the construction needs and client acceptance.
  • Drive an excellence culture in your team including supporting the Design Manager to recruit and address competency gaps.
  • Represent MMB in technical meetings with the client to achieve acceptances.
  • Form collaborative relationships with the Contracts Manager and Quantity Surveyor, and balance the competing tensions of time, cost and quality, to successfully deliver outcomes to Thames Water.
  • Continually develop and challenge project delivery to improve our performance and provide positive challenges to your team to innovate and arrive at value driven designs.
  • Provide direction and oversight of project control processes, with an emphasis on planning and monitoring performance, to achieve time and cost requirements, minimise risk, and ensure the output complies with the required standards and quality requirements.
  • Be an enabler for using Mott MacDonald's Global Design Services and digital services.
  • Embed a cultural approach to the management of safety, wellbeing, environment and sustainability within your team.
  • Positively engage with Thames Water to develop relationships and influence, enhance our reputation and point of difference, as well as seeking new opportunities.
  • Contribute to achieving high internal and client KPI scores.
  • Engage with and develop relationships with the wider Mott MacDonald Group to enhance our performance
  • Qualified design engineer (preferably Chartered or working towards Chartership)
  • Water or wastewater non-infrastructure and infrastructure design experience
  • Experience of successfully developing and managing design quality control processes
  • An experienced manager of people
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