High Spec Site Manager in Oxford




My Client is a family-owned construction company based in Oxford, UK, that has been in operation since 1868. The company provides a range of construction services, including new build, refurbishment, and restoration works, and has completed a number of high-profile projects throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas.

They currently work with a wide range of clients, including commercial, educational, residential, and heritage clients.

Some of the notable projects that they have completed include:

  1. St Hugh’s College, Oxford – They carried out a major refurbishment of the college’s Maplethorpe Building, which included the installation of a new lift, a new heating system, and the creation of new study and seminar rooms. The project was completed in 2019 and had a value of £4.5 million.
  2. Oxford Castle Quarter – They were involved in the restoration of the historic Oxford Castle, which had been largely derelict for many years. The project involved the conversion of the former prison into a mixed-use development, including residential, retail, and leisure facilities. The project had a value of over £100 million and was completed in 2006.
  3. The University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government – They were responsible for the construction of the new Blavatnik School of Government building, which opened in 2015. The building was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and features a distinctive glass and steel façade. The project had a value of £59 million.
  4. Oxfordshire County Library – They were was involved in the construction of the new Oxfordshire County Library in 2017. The project involved the demolition of the existing library building and the construction of a new, modern facility in its place. The project had a value of £10.4 million.

In addition to these projects, They have worked on a range of other projects, including the restoration of historic buildings, the construction of new residential developments, and the refurbishment of commercial properties. The company has a reputation for delivering high-quality projects on time and on budget, and is committed to sustainable building practices.


Our client is looking for an experienced Design Manager to support the design team based in Oxford. The role is site-based, however, during Tenders, the ability to travel to the Oxford office on occasion will be required.

The ideal candidate will have experience in delivering projects between £5M and £40M across the commercial, educational, and High spec residential sectors often in challenging city environments. You will be involved with a wide range of projects across all stages of pre-construction and project delivery.

Role Overview:

  • To manage the whole process of designing the solution(s) for projects to meet or exceed customers’ requirements and framework deliverables.
  • To recognise Contractual Financial, Technical and Operational Risks and to find opportunities for Value Engineering, to minimise risk and maximise gross profit on contracts whilst achieving Customer Satisfaction.
  • To support the fulfilment of the pipeline of contracts Safely, On Time, and to the required Quality
  • Lead the Appointment of Design and associated Consultants, ensuring Contractual Requirements are captured, along with the deliverables being clearly defined using such tools as the IRS, MIDP/Design Responsibility Matrix, Deliverables and Scope of Services
  • Review and appraise fee proposals from the Consultants. Manage & monitor the performance of Consultants encouraging a “Collaborative” approach to deliver robust, coordinated designs on time and to budget. Lead the KPI assessment of each and the production of progress Reports as required.
  • Support and manage the development of CDP Packages to ensure compliance and that they are fully co-ordinate.
  • Assess the Consultants in line with CDM 2015 requirements and ensure all obligations are met. Designs should fully consider Health, Safety and Buildability
  • To manage and take ownership of all Design Processes and information flow on Design and Build and heavily CDP contracts to meet the Employer’s Requirements, Contractor’s Proposals, and Contract Conditions within the agreed Programme constraints using our CDE. Assess, evaluate, and ensure alignment of Design outputs to each of the relevant RIBA Stages.
  • The candidate will ideally have sufficient knowledge of BIM to support the development of a BIM Strategy in line with the Client’s requirement with support from consultants and Group BIM resource.


£55,000- £65,000 + travel, healthcare & pension



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About this Recruiter

Ellis Abbott

A bit about me

I have worked at Cityscape Recruitment for the past two years, joining the team from a high-level sporting background. I have recently been promoted from Trainee Consultant to Recruitment Consultant and specialise in the Main Contracting sector. The type of roles I usually recruit for are Commercial, Operational and Design. Outside recruitment, I enjoy playing golf and going to the gym. I am also a huge Leeds United fan and will watch as many games as possible.
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