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Design Manager

Apply Job ID JR-1394 Date posted 03/11/2022

Bird Construction is a leading Canadian construction company operating from coast-to-coast and servicing all of Canada’s major markets. Bird provides a comprehensive range of construction services from new construction for industrial, commercial, and institutional markets; to industrial maintenance, repair and operations services, heavy civil construction, and contract surface mining; as well as vertical infrastructure including, electrical, mechanical, and specialty trades. For over 100 years, Bird has been a people-focused company with an unwavering commitment to safety and a high level of service that provides long-term value for all stakeholders.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Design Manager leads and manages the design process for a project from commencement of design (pre-award) to the finalization of all design work and award of construction subcontracts. The Design Manager is responsible for contributing to the development of the Design team while ensuring procedures and best practices are followed.

This position will be based in the Richmond, BC Office.


  • Provide overall supervision, coordination and scheduling of activities and have a thorough understanding of applicable regulatory requirements and industry practices.

  • Review and understand contractual obligations and the project budgets.

  • Possess a thorough understanding of the requirements of all other project stakeholders (functional, technical, aesthetic, process or otherwise).

  • Lead the process in retaining the consultant team.

  • Lead the management of the consultant team through the entire design process.

  • Develop and manage QA processes to ensure the compliance with the contractual obligations and ensuring completeness of the design.

  • Develop and manage processes to ensure meeting or bettering project budgets.

  • Develop detailed design schedules that are coordinated with the overall project schedule. 

  • Ensure the consultant team complies with the design schedules. 

  • Ensure other parties provide information in a timely manner to avoid delay with the design process.

  • Regular reporting to project team members and senior management related to design schedule performance and quality of deliverables.

  • Primary point of contact with the Client in relation to all design related matters. 

  • Primary point of contact with the consultant team.

  • Primary point of contact with municipalities and other authorities having jurisdiction in relation to all design related matters.

  • Develop technical expertise personally and within the branch staff.

  • Work with Business Development staff and other senior managers to support and or lead other specific business development initiatives within the branch.

  • Understand and comply with client requirements, Occupational Health and Safety regulations, and all applicable government laws and regulations.

  • Lead, promote, and maintain a positive safety culture within the team, without compromise.


  • Ensure that design policies and procedures are followed.

  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the design policy and procedures.

  • Ensure the team is meeting the compliance and contractual obligations and notify the team of any risks relating to this.

  • Monitor ongoing design efforts to ensure minimal compliance and most cost-effective design.

  • Interface with other members of the Bid team or Project Execution team to ensure design effort is coordinated with all other efforts.

  • Ensure the Design team is meeting all contractual obligations.

  • Monitor for minimal compliance, including area checks, efficiency of the layout (corridors, electrical), and gross up factors.

  • Monitor clash-detection processes for design

  • Audit the design documents against the requirements, ensuring they are complete and meet industry quality standards.

  • Notify the Commercial team of any contract variances to the performance specifications and variances to the original budget.

  • Provide support to the Project Director / Manager and the Project Execution team as required.

  • Liaise with the Project Execution team to ensure the design documents meet the Execution Team’s requirements.

Client Focus

  • Build and maintain effective relationships with clients, design consultants, and other stakeholders.

  • Negotiate with clients to resolve issues as they arise.

  • Manage expectations, educating others on the design process and communicating the highly technical design elements to all levels and understanding.

  • Build rapport with the user group members / client representative.


  • Completion of a university program in a technical, business, or scientific field of study; degree in Engineering or Architecture is an asset

  • LEED, PMP, and P. Eng designations are assets

  • Minimum 10 years of construction management experience

  • 3+ years of experience working as a Design Manager on design build projects of similar types

  • Background in construction management with demonstrated experience as a Project Manager or a Development Manager in a build or design/build environment in the ICI sector, preferably with a Contractor

  • Possess a project management portfolio with large commercial and institutional projects as well as P3 buildings

  • Experience with Long Term Care or Healthcare Facilities is a strong asset

  • Proficiency using MS Office Suite and BIM software tools

  • Working knowledge of Navisworks (3D and 4D) and REVIT (extract data, open models)

  • Experience with ACONEX or Revizto is an asset

Only candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.

Unsolicited resumes and phone inquiries from 3rd party agencies will not be accepted.

Richmond, BC