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Design manager
at Notting Hill Genesis

Notting Hill Genesis is recruiting a design manager to join its team in London.

Job Introduction

Can you help us to deliver outstanding residential and mixed-use developments, using your expertise in architectural design?

We’re seeking a talented design manager to provide technical leadership and support to the development team on architectural design, interior design/specification, landscape design and other design and technical issues.

You’ll promote and drive design quality and value for money in all new developments, with a particular focus on resident experience.

Notting Hill Genesis is one of London’s leading housing associations and residential developers. We have an ambitious programme to build 1000 mixed-tenure homes per year. Our development pipeline includes a range of exciting projects that will deliver high quality new homes and create diverse and thriving communities. We are commercially minded whilst keeping our social purpose at the heart of everything we do.

This is an excellent opportunity if you are looking for a varied role where you can apply your existing skills and expertise to a new set of challenges, whilst developing your knowledge further within a friendly and supportive team. You can help improve the way we work and have a positive impact on the homes we build and places we create.

Role responsibilities

Our internal project managers lead and oversee the delivery of our development projects, from feasibility through planning, tender, construction and handover. You’ll provide expert support at each stage, guiding and challenging your colleagues and their project teams to help ensure designs and specifications achieve NHG’s objectives.

You’ll influence developments by leading design review meetings and workshops, commenting on designs and specifications, advising on design issues and helping with selection and briefing of architects and other design consultants.

We’ll also rely on you to work at a strategic level, embedding design best practice across all projects. You’ll develop standard design guides and technical specifications, lead on design optimisation initiatives, help to implement quality management processes and help colleagues to grow their knowledge and skills through training and briefings.

Please note we operate a hybrid style of working where you’ll spend at least three days per week working in London, usually from our Kings Cross office but sometimes attending external meetings and site visits.

The ideal candidate

We’re open-minded when thinking of hiring the right person and we’d welcome applicants from a variety of professional backgrounds. You may have previously worked for an architectural practice or other relevant consultancy firm, property developer, housebuilder, contractor, housing association or similar.

You will need to be a clear and confident communicator to build great relationships and influence decision-makers. You’ll be our trusted advisor, so excellent design and technical knowledge will be important to make your mark in this role, as well as creativity, attention to detail and a can-do attitude to problem solving.

See the role profile for full details of the knowledge, experience and skills we’re looking for.


In return we offer:

  • excellent annual leave allowance and flexible working opportunities (qualifying period may apply)
  • generous pension scheme
  • enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay – we offer enhanced maternity and adoption pay in addition to statutory entitlements (qualifying period may apply)
  • employee assistance – free confidential advice and counselling services provided by independent specialist organisations
  • health cash plan
  • staff discounts – we give our staff access to discounts at hundreds of major retailers, gyms, restaurants, entertainment, days out, insurance and much more
  • interest free loans – season ticket loan, tenancy deposit loan and training loan
  • cycle to work scheme
  • life assurance – four times your annual salary

The salary band for this role is £65,377 to £83,358 per annum. The starting salary we offer you will depend on your capability and level of applicable experience.

How to apply

Applications close at 23:59 on Wednesday 3 January 2024.

Please apply for this role with us online.  You will be asked to upload your CV and supporting statement; please note a supporting statement is not a cover letter.

Your supporting statement must address the following questions. When answering these questions, you will need to address the essential/desirable criteria listed on the role profile and provide examples of how you demonstrate the required knowledge, experience and skills.

  • why do you want to work in the residential development industry and why Notting Hill Genesis (200 words max)
  • what are your key skills, experience and traits that make you suitable for the design manager role (400 words max)
  • give an example of when you have implemented an initiative to improve the way things are done (300 words max)

If you are not able to apply online, please contact our HR team to discuss your requirements.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview/assessment in January; dates are to be confirmed.

If you have queries about the role, you can contact the recruiting manager.

About the company

Notting Hill Genesis is now one of the largest housing associations in London and the South East. We own and manage more than 67,000 homes and employ around 1,500 staff. We provide homes across a range of tenures and are committed to continuing to deliver housing that is affordable to all. Our roots reach back to the 1960s when our legacy organisations were established by local people who shared a similar vision – to house west London’s working poor, providing them a home from which to build themselves and their families a secure future. For more information on what we do and what makes us different please visit our website.

Our people

We value our people and both respect and celebrate their differences. We’re proud to say that our colleagues come from different backgrounds, with varied outlooks and are from all over the world. We encourage and are committed to diversity. We know that when people with varied experiences and unique points of view come together, it makes us a stronger organisation and more able to help the wide range of residents that we serve. We want all our colleagues to bring their full selves to work in a culture and environment based on respect and fairness, regardless of role, background or ability.

Our pledges

We are proud signatories of the G15 group’s diversity pledge to encourage more diversity in the boardroom and at senior level. The pledge on ethnic diversity commits NHG to reflect the ethnic diversity of the communities we work in at all levels and particularly at senior managerial, leadership and board levels.

We have under-representation of ethnically diverse colleagues at this level and are keen to fill this gap. We welcome applications from everyone. For this role, we especially encourage ethnically diverse candidates to join us and be part of an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity, equality of opportunity and provides a place for you to grow your career.

We are also a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident employer and have signed up to Harry’s Pledge. We actively monitor the diversity of our workforce and strive to show equal representation throughout all levels of the organisation.

To find out more about diversity and inclusion at NHG, please visit our website.

Salary: £65,377 - £83,358
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