Senior Design Manager: Shafts and Tunnels
The HS2 Main Civils Contracts include both Lots S1 (Euston Tunnels & Approaches) and S2 (Northolt Tunnels).
Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM driven), SCL tunnels/adits, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, utilities diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.
We currently have a vacancy for a Senior Design Manager on our HS2 Main Works Contract
Reporting to the SCS Area West Design Lead, you will be responsible for leading the design management of the Area West Tunnels and Shafts, managing a team of design managers, ensuring the design is delivered to an acceptable standard of quality in-line with commercial and programme expectations. You will challenge the design solutions and the Design House commercial position to promote and maintain efficiencies in the design cost and programme.
The Tunnels and Shafts section includes:
- Northolt Tunnels West (NTW): TBM twin tunnels
- Mandeville Road Vent Shaft: Precast segment ring and SCL main shaft and satellite shaft with SCL adits, supplying services and ventilation to the NTW, surface-level headhouse with close NR Chiltern Line interface, extensive Rail Systems interface
- South Ruislip Vent Shaft: D-Wall main shaft and satellite shaft with SCL adits, supplying services and ventilation to the NTW, surface-level headhouse with close NR Chiltern Line interface, extensive Rail Systems interface
Working with the Design House (DH), you will forecast and plan the permanent works design delivery for your area. You will lead day-to-day interactions with internal (e.g. Construction Teams, Logistics etc.) and external interfaces, with the customer and third-party stakeholders (e.g. Network Rail, Cadent Gas, HS2 MWCC C1 etc.).
You will ensure the production of the design deliverables by the Design House meets the correct quality, contract, safety, time and cost requirements. You will also work closely with the other senior design managers, to ensure coordination of design elements throughout the contract and to identify change.
- Design Review
You will ensure that the design managers in your team undertake the review process for the design in your area in accordance with the programme. This includes progressive design reviews (Jour Fixe meetings) with relevant members of the SCS and HS2 teams along with any 3rd parties, review of the IDR submission of design deliverables, IDR reviews, review of the Final submission and comment close-out.
You will lead the resolution design issues and open comments.
You will reinforce the requirements for the wider SCS team to undertake their design reviews in a timely manner.
You will ensure that the design managers complete their assurance activities for each
- design package and liaise with the other SCS team members that have assurance responsibilities.
You will coordinate the programme for L3 panels with the wider area team and lotwide.
- Change Control
You will manage design change for your assets; identifying change with the design managers and assessing the scale of that change. You will manage the change control process through Change Panel and instruction to Design House, assisting the Design Managers to gather inputs from the wider team.
- Construction Interface
You will ensure that the Design Managers liaise with the construction team and temporary works team and you will lead the resolution of any issues between those teams.
You will ensure that the construction team complete their design-related deliverables, including the Constructability Reports for each design package.
You will gather information, data and status updates to report in the monthly Forecasting and Reporting presentations (F&R), weekly Area West Senior Leadership Team meetings and fortnightly Visual Management presentations.
You will manage the design programme and review and accept/reject programme variations for your assets.
You will manage the interface between the design programme and follow-on activities by liaising with the SCS Planning Team.
You will assist your Design Managers in responding to EWNs from the Design House and HS2 and raising EWNs to the Design House (DH) and HS2 that relate to your assets. You will track all EWNs that relate to your assets and ensure that Risk Reduction Meetings are held, actions completed and issues resolved.
You will also raise and respond to GCs to/from DH and HS2 as required.
You will ensure that your Design Managers liaise with the procurement team and meet the procurement programme for design information required.
- CDM Reviews and Risk Register
You will ensure your Design Managers hold CDM risk reviews and that they manage their CDM Risk Registers.
You will ensure that your Design Managers and the Design House meet their CDM 2015 responsibilities.
You will ensure that your Design Managers manage RFIs that relate to their assets, from Design House to SCS or HS2 and from SCS and other subcontractors to Design House.
You will ensure that your Design Managers manage Departures that relate to their assets, gaining HS2 acceptance prior to signing off the affected design packages.
You will ensure that your Design Managers and the Design House raise all relevant assumptions for their assets, that the assumptions are recorded with all relevant information and actions, that assumptions are reviewed as appropriate during the design lifecycle and critical assumptions are reviewed and agreed with the wider SCS and HS2 teams. It may be necessary to put design packages on hold if open assumptions are too high a risk to be acceptable to the project.
- Project Risk
You will ensure that your Design Managers are reviewing the Project Risk Register for risks that are relevant to their assets and adding risks to the register as they occur.
You will ensure that your Design Managers manage the design interfaces with other HS2 contracts and 3rd parties, liaise with the SCS Interface Managers and manage the interface deliverables from Design House such as interface registers and interface control documents.
You will take the lead to resolve any issues with interfacing parties for your assets.
- Rebar Detailing
You will ensure that your Design Managers manage the rebar detailing designs for their assets in accordance with the SCS procedures and you will take the lead to resolve any issues between the design intent, the detailing and the construction team’s requirements.
You will ensure that your Design Managers manage the review, approval and submission of consents deliverables that relate to their assets and liaise with the SCS Consents Team.
- CAT 3
You will ensure that your Design Managers manage the interface between Design House and the CAT 3 checkers: provide them with early engagement and programme updates for CAT 3 submissions, meet the programme for CAT 3 submissions and manage the issue of comments between the two. You will lead on the resolution of issues where DH and the CAT 3 checker cannot come to agreement.
- Line Manager Responsibilities
You will be the project line manager for your design managers, undertaking regular one-on-one meetings, resolving HR-related issues, managing performance and contributing to parent-company performance reviews.
The Ideal Candidate
- Degree level qualification in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering or similar.
- Holder of a relevant professional qualification (IEng or CEng), or close to obtaining a professional qualification
- Experience working in a similar capacity for a contractor on a major project is required, specifically experience of shafts and TBM tunnels.
- Strong understanding of Engineering Principles
- Knowledge and Understanding of construction contract law and forms of contract through experience and formal training
- Extensive technical knowledge of construction techniques and best practices.
- Computer competence (MS Word, Excel, Document control systems).
- Relevant CSCS Card
- Training in Health & Safety and Environmental management