Design Manager


Competitive plus Car/Car Allowance

Closes 08/02/2023

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Design Manager

Are you an enthusiastic team player? Can you deliver exceptional results on a range of projects? Do you want to make a difference in a growing region?

We have an exciting opportunity for a Design Manager to join our Rail Division based from our Birmingham office - and there has never been a better time to join!

The Role

As a Design Manager at Story Contracting you will pro-actively lead and manage the design process and team in accordance with Network Rail and regulatory standards whilst maximising efficiencies with external design consultants and introducing innovation and value engineered solutions.

Key Responsibilities;

  1. Develop, maintain and strengthen relationship with key stakeholders, predominantly Network Rail Asset Management Teams.
  2. Responsibility for integrating Safe by Design approach to design management process.
  3. Lead and manage the design process to deliver cost effective, buildable and considered solutions working in unison with project management teams and internal stakeholders.
  4. Responsibility for tactical allocation of consultants based on experience, capacity and skill set and management of delivery to agreed programme, quality and cost.
  5. Responsibility for continuous improvement through design lessons learned and sharing best practice and lessons both internally and externally.
  6. Identify future people capability and capacity requirements to deliver a growing business plan.



At Story Contracting, we invest in our people. We provide award-winning training and development opportunities for all employees to help you get to where you want to be in your career.

In addition to a competitive salary, pension and company car/allowance, we show we care about our people by offering a health cash plan and wellbeing support to keep you fit and well - inside and outside of work. 

Our agile working policy allows for a mixture of office and home working, and flexible working arrangements are available so that our people are engaged to give their best. 

We care about our communities too and offer our employees two paid for volunteering days each year to spend as a team or individually.


The Ideal Candidate:

  • Qualified to degree level, HNC/HND or equivalent in Civil Engineering
  • Chartered Engineer in a relevant discipline (desirable)
  • Experience working as CRE or CEM (desirable)
  • Robust knowledge of design disciplines and practices
  • Experience of working within the rail and/or construction industry
  • Extensive experience of working with and driving a high level of engineering principles
  • Good working knowledge of H&S regulations and legislation
  • Good understanding of Network Rail specifications, standards and procedures
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent influencing skills
  • Experience of managing and leading a team

Why Story Contracting?

Story Contracting is a privately-owned, award-winning infrastructure company who is financially secure and agile with a wide range of public, private and third sector clients who enjoy working with our talented and committed team. Our track record for delivery on time and to budget, safely and reliably, has meant repeat business from our clients, which is reflected in our motto of ‘Do It Right!’

Our values are at the heart of everything we do - the way we work and the behaviours we display. We believe that this is what makes Story Contracting and our people exceptional.

GROUNDED - Everyone is equal at Story. We are down to earth and treat each other with respect.

HARDWORKING - We all pull our weight and work hard for each other.

PROUD - We are proud of our safety, our projects, our people, our clients and the success we create together. 

FAMILY - We nurture, train, develop and keep our people safe, just like a family. We are inclusive and do the right thing for the business and its people.

TRUSTED - What we say is what we do. Our clients, our people and our communities trust us to do it right.

WINNERS - We are hungry for success and want to be the best performing contractor for our clients, our people and our communities.

Every Story Matters

We are proud to be a place where everyone can be part of the Story! 

As part of our pledge to eliminate discrimination and encourage diversity among our Story Team, our ‘Every Story’ policy ensures all employees are a part of a diverse environment and always feel included.

All applicants will receive careful consideration for employment regardless of who you are, where you come from or what you believe in.

Think you’d be a good fit?

Successful applicants will be contacted shortly after the closing date. 

Apply today and start your story

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