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Graduate Design Manager - Cambridge

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Graduate Design Manager - Cambridge
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Applications close:
30 November 2022
Design, Graduate
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Graduate Design Manager –  September 2023


Are you looking to forge your future in a progressive, diverse and ambitious company while training as a Graduate Design Manager?

At Morgan Sindall Construction we encourage diversity of people and thought, and we embrace peoples’ differences and we work on a range of exciting projects and you can read more about them here.

Everyone is unique and we value the different ideas, experiences, and perspectives that each individual brings to their work, their team and the wider business.

We are committed to ensuring we create the very best place to work in the industry, and an environment where every person feels included and is treated equally, fairly and with respect.

We actively promote an inclusive culture where you can be yourself at work and have won in previous years the Diversity & Inclusion Excellence: Winner | Construction News  It’s this approach we believe brings out the best in everyone and creates a fun, dynamic, innovative and rewarding environment.

We are a Real Living Wage Employer and pride ourselves on having an inclusive workplace and along with Platinum accreditation with Investors in People. Why? We believe talented people are key to our success. You’ll work with our teams as an ambassador to promote and influence future generations to our thriving industry and have access to an extensive range of learning and development opportunities on what YOU want, after all it is your future with us. 

What will I be doing as a Graduate Design Manager?

As part of our 24-month graduate programme you will gain first class on-the-job experience in your role fully supported by line management and the wider network of skilled colleagues in the business. The graduate development programme provides key skills relevant to your technical discipline, personal development and professional body qualification.  Take a look at a day in the life of one of our current graduates

A day as a Graduate Design Manager can look like:

  • Play a part in managing the project design resource and team profile at bid and delivery stages
  • Support the senior design manager to lead and provide a professional, comprehensive and sustainable design service for the customer and key partners / suppliers at bid and delivery stages
  • Manage and co-ordinate agreed specific elements of the design process through the RIBA design stages. Challenge those elements of the brief and bring fresh thinking, innovation and implement continuous improvement benefits to the projects at bid and delivery stages
  • Ensure understanding and compliance with design management departmental procedures at bid and delivery stages
  • Involvement with ‘design strategy’ and approach Assist the Senior Design Manager to set-up and agree design management regime with the design team
  • Ensure adherence to the design brief/scope of service and develop a comprehensive scope of service for key stages of project
  • Assist with design reviews and co-ordination meetings Assist with the implementation of the design strategy to deliver co-ordinated

What we can give you!

You will start off on a salary of £30,000.00 and a benefit of our graduate programme is continuous recognition over the 24 months with salary progression of up to a maximum 5% every 6 months.

You’ll also benefit from a Company Car or Car Allowance reflecting Morgan Sindall Benefit Grade and Individual Private Health Care Cover with Life Assurance up to 4 times your basic salary.

To add to our amazing package, upon completion of a recognised academic or professional qualification/membership, you may be entitled to a monetary award from £500 - £1000, dependant on the qualification achieved.

This includes full membership to a technical institution or completion of a degree or apprenticeship in your relevant discipline.

You will also have access to our wider benefits like our Mental Wellbeing and Employee Support, People Portal for high street discounts, Holiday plus scheme, Long Service Awards, 26 days holiday plus bank holidays rising to 30 days after 8 years services, Sharesave Plan, Incentive Scheme, Pension Scheme, Enhanced Family Leave, Flexible Working and more.

How we will support and help grow your career

Your development is important to us. So right from the very start, you will be supported by a number of experienced and professional colleagues providing you with the experience and exposure to develop and achieve the professional qualification which is right for your chosen career path.

We want you to be YOU. We encourage innovation. We encourage challenging the status quo. Just because something may be challenging, doesn’t make it impossible. Bring your ideas and forge your own future with us. 

What you will need

You’ll need a minimum lower second degree in a relevant subject matter, this can include Architectural Technology, Construction Engineering Management, Architectural Design, Architecture and Construction Project Management with Building Information Modelling.

  • A problem solver
  • Self-motivated
  • Some supervision skills
  • Ability to manage a given list of tasks
  • Ability to work well either alone or as part of a team
  • Some knowledge of construction practices and standards within their subject
  • Good writing, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to handle situations and problems
  • Know when to ask for help and guidance

Anything else?

Why wait? Our graduate opportunities can remain open until all positions are filled, but we like to make decisions fast when we spot talent to bring onboard to our team so get your application in today!

Want to be a future leader within a business where inclusivity is celebrated, and sustainability is key? Morgan Sindall Construction’s Graduate Development Programme is where you can start in September 2023. Morgan Sindall is unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

Morgan Sindall is unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.



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