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Design Lead

Salary: Competitive
Location: Redhill, UK
Contract Type: Full Time Permanent
Closing Date: 01.04.2023

This is a {Advertised Permanent / Temporary}, {Advertised Full Time / Part Time} vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Binnies, an RSK company is recruiting a Design Lead to support their growing Flood, Coast & Maritime (FCM) team, with particular emphasis on leading a large engineering project or supporting a portfolio of projects.  The team undertakes a variety of engineering projects for clients in the Flood Coastal and Maritime sector including appraisal, business case development, detailed design and site supervision. 

Operating as a design lead to the engineering team(s) across the UK, the candidate for this role should have a strong technical base and have good experience in the appraisal and design of flood risk management schemes.  The primary purpose of the role is to undertake and co-ordinate design within a multi-disciplinary engineering team ensuring consistent quality and timeliness of output. You will be accountable for the planning and execution of engineering projects to the defined scope, cost and programme.

You will work closely with clients, junior team members and other specialist teams throughout the business to deliver the projects. The ability to travel to Binnies and Client offices and project sites is essential. Where a key role is needed to support a major project travel to a co-located office will be needed on a regular basis.

Primary Responsibilities

The role is suitable for an experienced Chartered Civil Engineer .  You should be able to demonstrate leadership and the technical knowledge and experience to guide engineering teams in the following areas:

  • Coordination of design outputs across all technical disciplines.
  • Delivery of the design stage outputs of each project within the agreed timescale and budget.
  • Organisation of the work required and documenting in the Design Management Plan.
  • Ensuring that an adequate Technical, Safety and Environmental review is carried out for each project.
  • Oversight of production of design documents which are cost effective, meet the requirements of the specification and which can be purchased, installed and commissioned effectively. 
  • Ensuring that company/Client standard designs and design practices are utilised wherever possible.
  • Agreement of the design cost budget and monitoring performance against the budget and providing forecast costs to completion for individual projects.
  • Recording, monitoring and controlling design changes in order to maximise cost efficiency.
  • Preparation of monthly project status reports.
  • Raising and resolving technical queries.
  • Establishing working relationships with Client and staff and supply chain representatives to promote buildability and supply chain efficiency in design outputs.
  • Contributing to ensuring a safe working environment for all staff.
  • Maintaining a positive and solution-oriented approach to work, providing open and honest feedback.
  • Being aware of the need to satisfy customer requirements with the aim of enhancing the customers’ perception and satisfaction.
  • Taking all reasonable steps to ensure appropriate confidentiality.
  • Oversight of or site supervision duties for engineering project.

Client Focused Leadership

  • Responsible for determining key client interests and drivers on high complex projects and determine the key clients in specific business lines.
  • Is seen by Clients as an advocate for their organisation and as a trusted technical advisor.
  • Communicates client interests and drivers to the wider business and contributes to business line strategy.
  • Proactively offers other services to the clients to meet their specific challenges and requirements.
  • Develops and maintains regular customer contacts for expanding product/service across multiple clients.

Commercial Acumen

  • Mentors members of the engineering team in managing budgets, efficient delivery, recognising scope change, managing project risks and implementing mitigation measures
  • Experienced in building up costs for production of engineering deliverables, predominantly under the NEC suite of contracts
  • Knowledge of programme management using Microsoft Project or other suitable software
  • Awareness of the tools used to monitor project performance and produce accurate cost and spend profiles to support for the project management of commissions.

Strives for Continuous Improvement in Project Execution

  • Undertakes the role of Technical Authority on projects and ensures that all deliverables are compliant with our quality management system
  • Consistently and independently applies specialist knowledge and complies with Binnies quality program relative to assigned tasks.
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with Binnies quality program.
  • Consistently provides guidance and direction to others from their project team.
  • Supports and actively encourages continuous improvement and change management efforts.
  • Assists with development of quality systems and procedures within consultancy.
  • Provides quality management guidance and assistance to project and engineering managers and wider team and promotes a culture that is conducive to quality.

Effective Management and Pastoral Care for a Team

  • Collaborative individual that effectively builds teams
  • Is active in preparing succession planning in their team and giving future leaders the opportunity to gain the experience needed to progress in their careers.
  • Oversees career planning, recognition, learning and development for a business line.
  • Actively drives career planning and learning and development for their team.
  • Undertakes a mentoring role for other engineering managers.

Proactive Resource Management

  • Responsible for incorporating local resource management into the wider consultancy resource management process.
  • Required to highlight resource and skills gaps and proactively engages in across P&L liaison and recruitment requirements.

Proactive Leadership and a Positive Role Model

  • Is a Behavioural Champion and is recognised by their team as being a positive role model across all aspects of their role.
  • As a key technical leader within the consultancy group, leads medium to large sized multidiscipline teams.
  • Specialist in leading and directing others and effective delegation.
  • Actively uses these skills to build trust and integrity in wider delivery teams.

Educational Attributes

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering technology preferred or any other degree, specialized training, or experience, that makes the individual qualified to perform the job responsibilities. 
  • Holds an Industry recognized professional chartered qualification.

Why join us

Would you like to work in a business where you feel empowered to grow?  Where there is no place for criticism or discrimination.  A place where people are mindful and respectful.

If you’re curious what we mean or even how you’ll fit in with our way of working, if you had other thoughts, we’d love to hear them. Our “engaged” behaviours mean that we appreciate diversity. Evolved over 100 years, we have a culture of caring, where our employee’s wellbeing and work-life balance are priorities.

You will learn about our technical excellence and award-winning approach to integrated planning and design. This creates flood alleviation and resilient water infrastructure with lasting environmental and social legacies. You’ll continue to hone skills working with clients and industry-leading professionals, striving for smarter, safer solutions.

The successful applicant will go from being great alone to truly amazing with Binnies.

We develop intelligent solutions using our award-winning integrated planning and design approach to deliver functional infrastructure and lasting environmental and social legacies. This is backed by a culture that has stayed true since our foundation over 100 years ago. We create new possibilities for humanity through our innovative approach to delivery.

Together with our clients, we are always striving to find a smarter way to deliver projects. From providing low carbon, sustainable and resilient water solutions, flood alleviation and environment services, to connecting people with insights and data. Our business exists to improve the quality of life for our local communities today and for generations to come.

Binnies is part of the RSK Group, a leading integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services business providing dynamic, multidisciplinary services to a wide range of sectors. RSK was founded in 1989 and has grown considerably since then. In fact, Environment Analyst recently highlighted RSK’s growth commenting, “Few companies in the environmental services sector can claim to be expanding at the same pace as RSK.” Today, RSK Group consists of over 120 businesses and employs over 7,000 specialists. The group is headquartered in the United Kingdom and has an established presence in more than 40 countries around the world.

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