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Design manager
at Plan A Consultants

Plan A Consultants has an opportunity for a design manager to join its team in London.

Come work with us! The Plan A Team is growing fast and we are looking for dynamic, energised and proactive design managers to join our London office. We are a friendly team, focused on knowledge sharing, learning, development and approachability. We are hands-on and like to go above and beyond to help deliver amazing design stages.

About us

Plan A is a specialist design management consultancy based in London. We provide design management services to support and guide many of the world’s best architects and designers through the design stages of a project. These include BIG, Zaha Hadid Architects, Snohetta and Adjaye Associates.

Our company is built around an ethos of forming close working relationships and having a mutual understanding of how design happens. We are proud to be known as the best in our field, reinforced by recently winning Building Magazine’s, Consultant of the Year for the second time.

With a team of over 40 people in London and South Africa, we actively encourage our team members to be directly involved in shaping the business and its culture. Whether this is their own careers, or simply the ability to shape our direction and how we are organised.


This position is full-time Monday to Friday and provides support to architectural practices to deliver a design management service across one or a series of projects. You will be responsible for project delivery, supporting with project set-up and QA activities and portraying Plan A consultants externally in a positive way.

Our design managers coordinate and strategise processes and procedures to help manage complex design teams in partnership with our clients. We build an environment and team culture to encourage the project team to work together efficiently and effectively.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • carry out design management activities, such as:
    • supporting the architect in the administration and management of the project
    • supporting with progress reporting including dashboards and weekly reports
    • provide high quality of service and receive positive feedback from the client
  • arranging and chairing meetings, preparing agendas and writing minutes
  • preparation of documentation and consultancy supporting architects on design competitions
  • issue accurate, correct and quality documentation
  • design programme/route map preparation and monitoring
  • client, project manager and design team liaison
  • design management documentation including excel tracking spreadsheets, execution plans and request for information schedules
  • team organisation and coordination
  • monitoring end of stage reports and closing out issues
  • ability to manage and multi-task workload priorities
  • being an ambassador for Plan A externally

About you

We are looking for professionals with good communication skills, who can manage competing priorities. You’ll ideally have a post-secondary qualification, preferably in architecture, or some experience in architecture or design. However, please note this is a non-design role.

You should be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel. For the role we’ll ask you to learn Visio and MS Project. We do not use CAD packages.

You will be keen to learn, proactive, considerate, tactful and a relationship builder. If you have a positive attitude, are a reliable team player and have good attention to detail, we’d like to hear from you.

What we offer

Along with working with some of the world’s best architects on high-profile international design project, we provide:

  • competitive salary and benefits scheme
  • 25 days annual leave with a birthday bonus day
  • pension scheme
  • paid professional subscriptions
  • subsidised gym or health membership
  • interest-free season tickets
  • long-service rewards
  • opportunities for learning, development and career advancement
  • staff socials and study trips
  • cycle to work scheme

We would love to hear from you! Please submit your cover letter (explaining why you want to work for Plan A) and CV via the apply for job button below, or apply through our website here.

Salary: Undisclosed
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