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Burns & McDonnell Design Manager - Transmission & Distribution (Birmingham, UK) in Birmingham, United Kingdom



To provide delivery leadership of Burns & McDonnell’s UK engineering design projects within the power transmission & distribution sector, through fulfilling the role of Project Manager or Design Manager (as appropriate) on a project-by-project basis. This includes ownership of project planning, programme, budget, inter-disciplinary co-ordination, design process management, stakeholder interfacing, and all other elements of design project management as needed to successfully execute client design projects.


  • Drive successful delivery of engineering design work across the UK business, working closely with the Engineering Director to assemble suitable project teams from across our global offices, as required.

  • Provide overall project management of design projects from concept to completion in accordance with recognised best practices (APM/PMP/PRINCE2 or similar), including FEED, environmental, permitting, planning, estimating, engineering, constructability reviews, construction stage design support, and closeout.

  • Fulfil the project role of Project Manager on assigned design-only projects or fulfilling the role of Design Manager on assigned Design & Build/Engineer, Procure, Construct (EPC) projects.

  • Responsible for performance of assigned projects, including but not limited to:

  • Safety, health, environmental management, sustainability, and quality

  • Profit and loss

  • Risk management

  • Adequate and appropriate resourcing

  • Programme and completion of projects within specified dates

  • Establishing and maintaining professional and satisfactory relationships with the client, subcontractors, regulatory bodies, and all other project stakeholders

  • Internal legal and financial co-ordination

  • Contract management and administration

  • Fulfilling all associated statutory and contractual requirements

  • Responsible for maintaining project compliance to applicable Burns & McDonnell and client design management processes and procedures.

  • Co-ordinate with engineering discipline department/section heads to resource appropriately competent engineering staff and maintain effective inter-disciplinary design co-ordination and collaboration.

  • Develop and implement project policies and procedures, project controls systems and implement the project execution plan.

  • Report regularly on project progress, cost and schedule metrics, procurement issues, safety or environmental concerns, design questions, potential impacts, and any issues requiring office support.

  • Plan and lead project and client meetings, as required.

  • Act as Principal Designer representative, as defined by UK Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, where required.

  • Where appropriate and required, act as the Lead Contractor Design Approval Engineer (LCDAE), as defined by National Grid’s TP137 procedure, or equivalent role as defined by other clients.

  • Support the preparation of project proposals, lead presentations, and lead project contract negotiations with support from senior management.

  • Drive ‘Safety by Design’ approach on all projects, at all times.

  • Support nurturing of a safety and technical excellence culture through emphasis on staff competence, diligence, and responsible attitude.

  • Understanding wider industry best practices and client technical standards/procedures for construction, operations & maintenance, and decommissioning, in order to drive safety, constructability, and operability throughout whole asset lifecycles.

  • Maintain project compliance to Burns & McDonnell’s UK Integrated Management System.

  • Support nurturing of world-class customer service culture, to drive client success.

  • Be an ambassador for Burns & McDonnell at all times through acting in accordance with expected high ethical and moral standards, and in adherence to Burns & McDonnell Code of Conduct.

  • Actively support marketing and business development activities, building relationships with clients and generating new business

  • Seeking and development of future business opportunities through nurturing of client relationships, active pursuit of new project leads, and elevation of the Burns & McDonnell brand.

  • Contribute to relevant professional bodies and industry groups. Maintain Continued Professional Development (CPD).

  • Interpret and establish policies, procedures, and strategic goals of the organisation.

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and judgment in anticipating and solving problems.

  • Advance and develop Department tools and workflows to increase efficiency of designs, specification development, and project execution.

  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be asked of this position by Senior Management.



  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline relevant to the electricity transmission & distribution sector, from an accredited institution.

  • Relevant Health & Safety qualification (e.g. IOSH Managing Safely, NEBOSH Cert./Dip., NVQ Level 3 in H&S related subject).

  • Minimum of 6 years of engineering design services experience with at least 5 years related experience in engineering design and design management in the electricity transmission & distribution sector.

  • Good knowledge of project management and engineering design management best practices, with strong ability to implement this knowledge.

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Health & Safety legislation relating to design and construction work in the electricity supply industry.

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Environmental and Waste Management legislation.

  • Thorough understanding of current Construction (Design & Management) Regulations, and experience of discharging all required duties of the CDM Principal Designer representative.

  • Strong contract management skills and understanding of NEC family of contracts.

  • Understanding of the causes and consequences of Impressed Voltage.

  • Understanding of the general requirements of procedural control of Temporary Works, in accordance with British Standards.

  • IT literate, with good knowledge of using Microsoft Office applications, including MS Project.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills

  • Strong persuasion and negotiation skills with clients and employees.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders across clients, industry, government and public.

  • Able to manage multiple projects and conflicting deadlines

  • Able to work autonomously and/or as part of a project team

  • Pro-active in building knowledge and understanding of the electricity transmission and distribution industry.

  • Engaged in the engineering community and how we can drive success for our clients.

  • Ability to develop innovative and practical solutions to a range of problems, and an understanding of how one issue may be part of a much larger solution.

  • Ability to make an effective and collaborative contribution to the team through sharing knowledge, promoting ideas, and valuing the contribution of all team members.


  • Membership of a relevant professional Engineering or Construction Institution (e.g. IET, ICE, IMechE, IStructE etc.).

  • Professional registration/accreditation in Engineering and/or Project Management.

  • Qualification in professional Project Management (e.g. APM, PMP, PRINCE2 etc.)

  • Substation safety and access training (e.g. NSI 30, BESC: AIM etc.)

  • Formal training in CDM 2015, Temporary Works, and Impressed Voltages.

  • Formal training on administration of NEC contracts.


Internal:UK Operations / EPC project delivery team, SHEQS departments, Finance Department, Legal Department, HR Department, IT Department, Business Development and Marketing Departments, international engineering resources and project teams, senior management.

External:Clients, project stakeholder, sub-consultants/subcontractors, statutory bodies, professional bodies.


Ability to travel nationally is required for the role. Level of travel may vary significantly over time depending on project and client requirements, but typical expectation is 5% - 10% of working time spent travelling per year (as a guide, only).

Ability to travel internationally may also be required; however, international travel is expected to be minimal.

Job Engineering

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 201028