MEP Design Manager

Job Title: MEP Design Manager

Location: Heathrow Airport

Rate: £600 (LTD Outside IR35)

Working Hours: 08:00 to 18:00

Start Date: 17th June 2024

Contract Length: 12 Months

Working Style: Hybrid 3 days office 2 days remote

Our client is the Major Programme Partner (MPP) The T2 Baggage Programme (T2BP) and the Asset Renewal Partner (ARP) for Terminal 1 and 2 on the AM+C programme, which are two of the six major programmes of work that Heathrow have committed to deliver within the H7 quinquennium. The client will collaboratively deliver transformation safely, efficiently, and sustainably with an expert team enabling Heathrow to meet its objectives. This role will sit within the Design Management team for the client and will report to the Senior Project Manager (Head of Design) or Senior Design Manager.

We are looking for a MEPh Design Manager of an electrical bias is required to work with the Design Management team to proactively manage the permanent works designers, specialist designing subcontractors employed by the ARP/MPP of predominantly Building Services Designs to achieve design solutions that are safe, constructible, suitable for the operational environment, high quality, innovative, and are commercially advantageous.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design Management of project works, managing designers and their design identifying and managing the associated interfaces, in accordance with the Costain Way, Heathrow Gateway lifecycle requirements, Building Control, and all other standards.  Ensure that the design of the permanent works and related temporary conditions are managed and completed to the requisite quality and in accordance with the Design Management Plan, contract schedule and budget. Undertake activities required to fore fill the PD role.
  • Ensure that designs take proactive account of health, safety, welfare and sustainability, in line with the clients requirements including, championing Safe by Design.  Audit compliance with the CDM Regulations 2015, Building Control, Heathrow and Costain governance.
  • Write technical scope of works for all designers, agree deliverables lists and schedule for each project, work with the team to develop fee proposals for acceptance by the Project Manager and Commercial Manager, agree lines of communication between different design organisations and site teams, monitor performance and close out design contracts.
  • Ensure procurement and call off contracts for subcontractors are fit for purpose and capture all design scope and process requirements.
  • Ensure that design change, risk and opportunity and requirements are properly identified, recorded, assessed, implemented, managed and authorised as appropriate for multiple stakeholders to gain maximum project benefits and value.
  • Facilitate co-ordination of design between multiple design organisations and ensure that regular design reviews are held to ensure the BIM model is accurate, suitable clash free and being used to its full advantage.
  • Ensuring technical reviews of main designer and subcontractor design or technical information is undertaken at the appropriate times and meet the project/programme requirements. This may involve coordinating the reviews by the main designer.
  • Working closely with the Construction team to gain feedback into the design from their buildability reviews to ensure the design is safe and fit for purpose

Knowledge Skills and Experience


  • Minimum 5 years’ design management and involvement with main or subcontractor design management of predominantly Building Services and associated Electrical items.
  • Good technical working knowledge of LV electrical systems and their interfaces
  • Working for a Contractor in a complex project with multiple stakeholders in an Aviation or similar environment
  • Working knowledge of RIBA and BSRIA stages of work including BG6 and typical client standards and processes, CDM Regulations 2015 and ACOPs
  • HND or Degree level in electrical engineering discipline
  • Relevant CSCS card


  • Knowledge and understanding of construction contract law
  • Have a background in either Design and or installation-based of MEPh systems
  • Knowledge of testing and commissioning
  • Preferably experience in the aviation sector
  • Knowledge of HAL Standards and processes
  • Knowledge of UPS systems
  • Previous experience on staged works for LV switchboard replacement
  • Experience with the DNO
  • Degree qualified
  • BS7671 And 2 course
  • Member of a relevant Professional body e.g. IET or CIBSE
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