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about 1 year ago
Murphy Group
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Construction
Category: Management Jobs
Job Title: Design Manager

Functional Department: Design


Two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies – Laing O’Rourke and Murphy – have come together to form LM, a powerful joint venture, supporting the growing number of major transport infrastructure projects across the UK.

Both organisations are market leaders in high-speed rail delivery, tunnelling, bridge construction, civil engineering, offsite manufacturing and digital engineering.

LM, along with Fusion JV and CS JV, have been awarded the enabling works for High Speed Two. Delivering the essential early works will include archaeology, site clearance and setting up construction compounds – ahead of the start of the main civil engineering work.

The £900 million enabling works contracts cover the whole of Phase One, from London to Birmingham and the connection to the West Coast Main line at Handsacre in Staffordshire.

The Laing O'Rourke / Murphy joint venture team are working together to provide a professional and dynamic service. With a wealth of experience in planning, design and community engagement, we are utilising the latest construction methodology to deliver works, efficiently and safely.

Main purpose of role

To lead a team providing safe, practical and economic designs to a high standard of professional competence in line with HS2 expectations and in compliance with LM procedures. To effectively manage the relationship and performance of LM’s retained design partner, DJV.

Key responsibilities and duties:

Role specific

* Review with the LM team, the roles and responsibilities of the consultants and specialists. Confirm the scope of services required and formalise the Design Responsibilities matrix

* Contribute to the production of the Design and Procurement Programme by the planning and resourcing function. Identify and agree the design deliverables required and ensure effective processes are in place for reporting design progress

* Ensure information flow, including RFIs/TQs is maintained to all relevant parties and that comments / approvals are received and returned to document / query originator within the specified comments / approval periods.

* Ensure issues such as coordination and package interfaces are being addressed and that each party is amending their work as the design progresses

* Contribute to the procurement process, including scope definitions and agree and expedite the design team’s package deliverables. Review returns for compliance, buildability, quality and value engineering opportunities

* Ensure design information is reviewed before it is issued to achieve compliance with HS2, LM & Statutory requirements. Ensure appropriate, timely arrangements for obtaining Client, statutory approvals (incl. discharge) and other necessary approvals with retention by LM of relevant documentation

* Ensure critical quality and tolerance issues are identified to the construction package managers as installation progresses

* Expedite designers and trade contractors contributions to the project Health & Safety file / Operation & Maintenance Manuals


* Uphold and act in accordance with LM values and principles

* Participate in and positively promote the LM ‘Making the Right Choice’ programme

* Ensure compliance with JV policies and procedures

* Attend and engage with JV-wide collaboration / learning and development related activities

* Constantly work to enable the broader team to deliver against EWC North goals

Key employee values and principles:

Integrity - Showing energy, taking pride in role, being sensitive to impact, demonstrating drive, being committed, respecting confidentiality, doing the right thing, being accountable

Respect - Valuing and empowering others, making a contribution, considering others’ needs and approaches, asking for help, recognising achievements, seeking to listen and understand, explaining decisions, acknowledging environmental impact

Leadership - Creating a stimulating environment, being open and honest, demonstrating enthusiasm, seeking innovation, being flexible, being curious, providing clear direction, setting new standards, maximising unique opportunity

Health, Safety and Wellbeing. Making safety our first consideration, acting fast to mitigate risks, making proactive interventions, taking responsibility for our own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing

Principles - Best for project: Am I making best for project decisions? Am I taking best for project actions? Am I putting the project goals above my own company goals? Do I recognise LM success/failure is HS2 success/failure?

Inclusivity - Have I involved everyone who could add value? Am I utilising the combined strengths of the team? Am I encouraging others’ ideas? Am I considering others’ perspectives / standing in others’ shoes? Are we collaboratively setting milestones?

People first - Am I looking after my and others’ wellbeing? Am I thanking people for their contribution? Am I respecting peoples’ personal lives? Am I using technology where possible to aid work life balance? Am I working in a ‘safe and well’ way? Am I talking first emailing second?

Jointly seeking solutions - Am I asking for help where I need it? Am I helping others where I can? Am I making others feel comfortable ‘not knowing’? Am I avoiding silo working?

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