Managing the process by which a design solution is delivered is at the heart of successful construction. At Mace, we apply the same rigour to our design management service as we do to our project management service, making sure that our client's project objectives, and construction and procurement requirements, are met. From creating design management strategies to providing relevant and timely documentation, we know the process is core to delivering a project on both the practical and conceptual.
Design Management is the application of project management techniques to the design process. It establishes and manages the process through which design solutions are delivered by third parties.
The objectives of design management are to ensure that the design meets the requirements of the client, procurement and construction, and to achieve a design which is co-ordinated, buildable, within cost and can be built within programme. A Design Manager enables the client to make value decisions relating to design choices and secures comprehensive design information in accordance with project programmes.
The Mace two-year graduate development programme offers you the chance to specialise in a specific role within the company. Through structured training and working relationships with colleagues you will also have the opportunity to learn about our work across a variety of disciplines that cross the entire property life cycle: project management, programme management, project controls, architecture and design, facilities management, sustainability, construction, commercial management, cost consultancy, structural engineering, and mechanical and electrical engineering.
Graduates that join our programme gain exposure to the variety of services offered to our clients and take on responsibility in real, live project environments. You will work alongside industry leading professionals at Mace and many prestigious and high-profile clients. Our comprehensive two-year development programme includes:
- A two-day formal induction
- Classroom and virtual sessions covering technical skills in the construction life cycle and key business skills including presentation and leadership skills.
- Interactive group projects using live case studies
- Guidance and support in order to progress towards professional chartership status with industry bodies. Our development programme is recognised by the following industry bodies: the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Support towards CIBSE, IChemE and BIFM is also fully supported.
- Networking opportunities with senior managers and peers
- One-to-one support from line managers, mentors, recent graduates and chartership advisors.
Professional qualification routes
Graduates working in design management will be supported in working towards their professional qualification with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
- A minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (expected or obtained), 240 UCAS points and Grade C in GCSE Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications)
- Evidence of significant extra-curricular activities that demonstrate drive and excellent interpersonal skills
- A passion for a career in the construction industry.
Qualifications, knowledge and skills
Candidates should have a construction related degree in architecture, engineering or in design management. Related degrees are also considered. Candidates should have a range of skills including:
- Ability to plan and prioritise
- Excellent communication skills at all level
- A drive to achieve results
- Ability to build relationships and work effectively in a team
- A proactive approach to solving problem
- Technical knowledge of construction.