Design Manager - HAB Housing

HAB Housing
Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
29 Mar 2017
29 Apr 2017
Job (Function)
Design Manager
Contract Type
Full Time
  • HAB are a design-led ethical developer, house-builder and innovative creator.
  • This managerial appointment is a key building block in HAB's growth strategy.

About Our Client

Design Manager - HAB Housing. Building and Construction. Based in Temple Studios, Bristol (and project-based locations)

HAB (stands for Happiness, Architecture, Beauty) is an ethical developer, house-builder and innovative creator. The company was formed in 2007 by Kevin McCloud, Isabel Allen and Mike Roberts as a challenge to the way volume housing was designed and delivered, with a desire to take advantage of modern construction methods and the architectural energy of our time, to deliver sustainable, beautiful neighbourhoods - not just homes - that are resilient, low-impact, locally distinctive and a joy to live in. HAB build schemes that are respectful of the environment - rich and full of biodiversity, with opportunities to socialise and play, allowing people to flourish as much as the wildlife. HAB believes in the great public realm - that provides shared amenity, resources, transport, food growing and play space - is key to social sustainability. HAB are deeply passionate about their social responsibilities and design values.

HAB creates places that are:

  • SOCIAL - that allow communities to flourish and people to socialise and share.
  • ECOLOGICAL & SUSTAINABLE - that are respectful towards the environment both in construction and in use.
  • CONTEMPORARY & CONTEXTUAL - that are shaped and influenced not only by the locality, its physical characteristics, its heritage and its people but also by the times we live in.
  • BEAUTIFUL & DELIGHTFUL - that harness the power of the design process and the very best architects, engineers and designers to make places that lift the spirits and improve the quality of everyday life.
  • PROFITABLE - are commercially sound and make healthy profits.

HAB are extremely passionate about what they create.

Job Description

Design Manager - HAB Housing. Building and Construction. Based in Temple Studios, Bristol (and project-based locations)

This is an exceptional opportunity to play a leading role in the ambitious growth of HAB as it changes, consolidates and expands over the next five to ten years. The successful candidate will have no trouble accepting and enthusiastically championing the ethical positions that form the foundations of the business. Candidates will bring with them all the attributes needed to positively engage with our partners, facilitate a flourishing workforce, drive efficiency and profitability and deliver against the business's objectives - including our public pledge of aspiring to build our first Energy Positive housing project by 2018 and to make all of the schemes Energy Positive by 2020.

This is a full-time post and the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of building design, systems and services and a working knowledge of the Building Regulations. They should also bring experience of the planning, organisational and funding issues involved in residential development. The business intends to provide great long-term career opportunities for its staff.

Core responsibilities:

  • Introducing and managing processes that co-ordinate the day-to-day functions of the Design, Sales, Finance and Delivery teams in the efficient delivery of projects
  • Bringing new thinking (e.g. on systems, tech, sustainability, innovation) and objectives to the business to maximise the efficiency of the design processes and the richness of the commercial offer
  • Introduction of BIM processes to the business and the supply chain.
  • Improving the information flow (drawing packages, quantitative and qualitative information, contracts, legal) together with the origination of some documentation.

Joint responsibilities:

  • Coordinating the resourcing of internal teams and consultants (with the Design Director) to deliver projects - in liaison with the construction team
  • Maximising the profitability of product design (with the Board)
  • Developing and running a programme of zero-defects and continuous profitability improvement (with the Board) - in liaison with the construction team
  • Implementation and management of BIM (with Construction and the Board)
  • Promoting the Design Process within the business (with the Design Director)
  • Developing IP (with the Design Director, Board members and others)

The Successful Applicant

Design Manager - HAB Housing. Building and Construction. Based in Temple Studios, Bristol (and project-based locations)

Applications for Design Manager at HAB Housing are encouraged from candidates who possess the following skills and experience:

  • An ambitious and highly-motivated Design Manager to help HAB flourish in the next stage of their organic growth.
  • A Design Manager to coordinate the design, delivery and sales teams, improve the coherence of HAB's operations and the integrity of their offer, and help steer HAB towards delivering their public pledge, aspiring to build the first Energy Positive housing project by 2018 and to make all of the schemes Energy Positive by 2020.
  • A background in architecture or engineering is beneficial, coupled with an enthusiasm for delivery and monitoring systems.
  • Intelligence, enthusiasm and the ability to translate big ideas into practical results are just as important as any specific area of experience or expertise.

HAB are a small, dedicated and highly collaborative team and an ability to work closely across the company is absolutely essential. We expect the ideal candidate to have excellent management skills, be personable, communicative and highly organised.

Where specific UK qualifications are required we will take into account overseas equivalents. All third party applications will be forwarded to Michael Page.

HAB is an Equal Opportunities employer, and our stated policy is to treat all people with dignity and respect equally irrespective of age, disability, sexuality, race, religion, or any other protected characteristic. We are committed to eliminating all forms of unfair discrimination and to promoting equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different groups in our operations and activities.

What's on Offer

Design Manager - HAB Housing. Building and Construction. Based in Temple Studios, Bristol (and project-based locations)

Salary and package will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate

Package: Competitive Salary, DOE. Additional benefits will include an annual profit related bonus, pension and 25 days' holiday plus public holidays

Additional information:

Position Type: Permanent (Design Manager)
Closing Date: Monday 24th April 2017

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