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Title:  Design Manager


Chester, North West, GB

Department:  Development/Regeneration
Operation:  Sanctuary Group
Requisition Number:  181082

Sanctuary is one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and community services. With around 13,000 employees, we maintain a culture where diversity is valued and talent is nurtured and rewarded.


Design Manager


Covering North West, North East & Midlands regions


Base office location dependent upon suitable candidate - anticipated balance of home and office working


£52,438 - £55,198 per year


Plus Company car or car allowance


35 hours per week


We are looking for an ambitious and driven individual with excellent technical knowledge and experience within the building industry to take on this exciting opportunity as Design Manager. You will join a large Construction team within the wider Development function. The team are responsible for delivering new build and refurbishment residential development projects for Sanctuary.


The role of Design Manager will include:

  • Providing technical support and guidance on a daily basis for all construction sites from pre-contract through to completion
  • Driving forward all aspects of technical design to allow for smooth delivery of construction programmes
  • Ensuring projects are carried out in agreement with design and quality standards and agreed budgets and ensuring compliance with legislative and regulatory standards
  • Regularly reviewing drawings and other technical documents for all construction projects
  • Managing the control of documents between all stakeholders throughout all construction projects and collating and issuing final documents at the completion of projects
  • Providing technical support and assistance for issues arising post completion


Skills and experiences:

  • HND in Building or Construction or other relevant discipline or knowledge and ability at an equivalent level
  • Recent experience in undertaking a similar role within the new build housing and construction sectors
  • Working knowledge of building regulations, legislation and current practice, including the practical application of Health and Safety legislation
  • Proven experience of managing projects with strong project management skills
  • Ability to interpret computerised information, technical drawings and other technical documentation
  • Working knowledge Microsoft packages is essential and CAD software would be advantageous
  • This role will involve driving on company business. In order to drive a company vehicle, drivers must hold a full valid UK driving licence.


Why work for us?

One of the UK’s leading providers of housing, care and commercial services, Sanctuary Group employs more than 13,000 people and manages over 100,000 units of accommodation throughout England and Scotland, including general rented, retirement living, supported housing, student and key worker accommodation and care homes. Sanctuary also provides a range of other services including maintenance, care and telecare, all of which are delivered by our dedicated employees who are completely committed to customer service. 


Our Benefits    

As part of our commitment to making Sanctuary a great place to work, where your wellbeing is of genuine importance, we have developed an attractive employment package. The package recognises your contribution, supports your physical, mental and financial health and gives you the flexibility to tailor your employee benefits by offering:

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to a maximum of 30 days) plus public holidays
  • A pension scheme with matching employer contributions from Sanctuary up to set limits
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Advice Service including counselling
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Voluntary health plans  
  • Employee discounts
  • Wellbeing support and tools
  • Employee recognition scheme
  • Role salary is £52,438 per annum (rising to £55,198 per annum after 12 months, subject to satisfactory performance) plus Company car or car allowance


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Closing Date: 05 July 2022


We reserve the right depending on application numbers to close or extend the closing dates for positions; we would therefore recommend an early application.


‘For an insight into what it’s like to work for us, take a look at #LifeatSanctuary on Twitter’




Building Equality and Diversity

Sanctuary Group encourages and welcomes applications from people from diverse backgrounds to support our commitment to offering an inclusive environment for our employees and customers. 
We work closely with the Home Office in order to prevent unlawful working.
Sanctuary Group is a trading name of Sanctuary Housing Association, an exempt charity.

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