Job Summary

The Design Manager leads the architectural design activities of high complexity projects in the design center. He works closely with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables and monitors the checking and reviews of all design phases and ensures the proper implementation of all related adjustments and revisions. The jobholder conducts design value engineering in coordination with the Project Manager and design teams. He supports the Project Manager with budget, schedule, client, technical and quality management activities on projects. He shall stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in the design market and represent the firm in the professional engineering and community, as needed.


  • Support the collection of internally available data to support project execution
  • Lead one or more design teams during design delivery
  • Lead discussions with clients to determine criteria guiding design, including budgets, preferences, etc.
  • Coordinate with the concept design teams for concept designs of high complexity, as needed
  • Guide the refinement of selected design options into schematic and draft final designs, including all required drawings and reports
  • Coordinate with other design specializations (e.g. Structural, Mechanical, Water & Environment) to coordinate design requirements across disciplines for projects of high complexity across all design stages (schematic, detailed), as needed
  • Closely work with stakeholders for design value engineering for projects of high complexity, as needed
  • Closely work with Project Managers for the review and validation of design deliverables for project of medium to high complexity with clients and authorities, capturing feedback and obtaining approvals, as needed
  • Closely work with the Quantity Surveying Department for the development of tender documents, including specifications, Bills of Quantities and Conditions of Contract, and provide support during the tender process, as needed
  • Closely work with project teams for reviewing design deliverables of design projects of medium complexity, including conducting detailed reviews and checks and the issuance of checking reports, as needed
  • Support Project Managers in developing, reviewing and updating work programs and man-hour estimates and in managing changes in project scope, schedule or budgets, as needed
  • Support Project Managers in managing project budgets, resource allocation and project schedules, as needed
  • Support Project Managers in managing project contractual risks, as needed
  • Support Project Managers in managing external suppliers and subcontracts and in ensuring the adherence of their deliverables with the project scope, schedule and budget
  • Assist Project Managers in monitoring and managing the projects’ budget and schedule, as needed
  • Provide support to Project Managers in developing periodic progress reports, as needed
  • Assist Project Managers with implementing quality control policies and procedures on design deliverables and conduct peer review on team members’ deliverables
  • Support during the supervision stage, as needed, including responding to RFIs and solving design conflicts, in coordination with local design support teams


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
  • Master’s Degree in Architecture or related field is preferred
  • Chartered or Professional Engineering certification or equivalent is preferred


  • In depth knowledge and proven track record in the architectural design field
  • Understanding of international engineering standards and codes
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English; Arabic is an advantage


  • 12+ years of experience in architecture in a top tier regional/multinational engineering consultancy firm
  • Strong experience and track record in developing architectural design for large and complex [specialty] related projects
  • Exposure to global best practices and trends in the architectural design, in particular related to [specialty] design
  • Experience in the Middle East is preferred