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Construction Design Management / Principal Designer Advisor

Multiple Locations (Hereford, London, Edinburgh)
£48,000 - £57,000 Depending on location
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Job (Function)
Design Advisor, Design Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description 
The overall mission of the CDM Principal Designer Advisor role is to advise management on issues of organisational capability under CDM, and to support and enable Architype’s technical teams to carry out their CDM responsibilities. 
Core purpose 
The core purpose of the CDM Principal Designer Advisor is to: 

  • Support project teams to carry out their CDM responsibilities.  
  • Advise management on organisational capability and architectural co-owners on their duties and responsibilities under CDM. 
  • Undertake a “Skills Knowledge Experience & Behaviour” (SKEB) review and create a whole practice profile to inform and ensure appropriate organisational capability. 
  • Coordinate, and, where relevant, facilitate, the maintenance of health and safety training for architectural co-owners to ensure appropriate SKEB skills throughout the practice. 
  • Be responsible for ensuring that Architype meets its obligations under the CDM Regulations 2015 

Key relationships: you will work closely with both management to ensure organisational capability, and with the Project Principal Designer to ensure CDM compliance and safety in our architectural projects. 
Key responsibilities 

  • CDM compliance support: 
  • Collaborate with the Principal Designer to ensure our architectural designs and projects comply with CDM regulations, including the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015). 
  • Assist in the development and review of Pre-Construction Information (PCI) and Construction Phase Plans (CPP). 
  • Risk assessment and mitigation: 
  • Participate in risk assessments for architectural projects, helping identify and manage potential health and safety risks. 
  • Work closely with project teams to integrate safety measures into architectural designs. 
  • Documentation and reporting: 
  • Maintain accurate records of CDM compliance activities and safety measures for each project. 
  • Prepare and organise necessary documentation for regulatory authorities and clients. 
  • Safety Coordination: 
  • Assist in coordinating health and safety efforts with Principal Contractors and other stakeholders during project lifecycles. 
  • Promote a culture of safety awareness among architectural teams. 
  • Training and Education: 
  • Provide guidance and training to architects and project teams regarding CDM compliance, safety standards, and best practices. 
  • Stay updated on industry trends and changes in CDM regulations to ensure ongoing compliance. 
  • Process Improvement: 
  • Identify opportunities for process enhancements and best practice adoption within the architectural firm to enhance safety and efficiency. 
  • Participate in project reviews to assess the effectiveness of risk mitigation measures.  

The above-mentioned tasks are a summary of the key responsibilities involved; however, the post holder may be asked to carry out other tasks as directed by the Directors or Associate Directors. 
Job Specification 
Skills, Qualifications and Experience: 

  •  Demonstrated experience in construction design management, with a focus on CDM compliance and safety. 
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in architecture, construction management, engineering, or a related field  
  • Familiarity with CDM regulations, including CDM 2015, and other relevant health and safety regulations. 
  • Strong organisational and communication skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with architectural teams. 
  • Experience in risk assessment and the development of risk management strategies 
  • Relevant certifications (e.g., NEBOSH, IOSH, or equivalent) may be relevant but are not a requirement for CDM compliance. 
  • Membership of the Association of Project Safety 
  • Enjoy working as part of a team. 
  • Commitment to alignment with Architype’s core values as a creative, ecological, progressive community 
  • Ability to build good working relationships, both within the Architype team and with external contacts 

The successful candidate will be attached to one of our three studios (Hereford, London, Edinburgh) but will work with Architype’s teams in all three studios.  This role would suit hybrid working, with the caveat that the successful candidate will be expected to work in their local studio for a minimum of 2 days per month. 

Job type: 
Permanent, full time 


  • A competitive salary which is aligned to industry standards. Depending on where the successful candidate lives, we will be offering a salary in the region of:

          Hereford/National base rate: £48,000 - £55,000
          London/South East enhanced: £53,000 - £60,000
          Edinburgh/the Lothians/Fife enhanced: £50,000 - £57,000.

  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • 37.5-hour week – flexible/hybrid working possible
  • Pension benefits of 3% employer contribution
  • Company health scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme.

To Apply
Please take note:
Architype is an Equal Opportunities employer. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and co- owner engagement forums, to support co-owners from different backgrounds.

Architype is currently underrepresented by employees from disabled, global south and LGBTQ communities so we would particularly encourage individuals from these communities to apply.

Please can we ask that you complete our anonymous equality and diversity monitoring form by clicking on the link below:

Visa sponsorship: We welcome applications from all nationalities; however, we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for our roles, so before you apply for this post, you must ensure that you have the right to work in the UK. For more details on eligibility to work in the UK, please visit 

If you are an international student, recently graduated, you must have your graduate visa status established before applying.

Making your application
Send a 300-word statement, setting out how you meet the criteria in the job specification along with your CV to
Note: You must state, in the subject line of your email, your preferred studio location (Edinburgh/ Hereford / London), and the job role you are interested in (CDM PD Advisor). Without this information in the subject heading, we will be unable to sift your application correctly and it will be missed.

This post will be offered as permanent contract, subject to a probationary period.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 1 December 2023. The interviews will be via VC in the week of 11 December 2023. We may then decide to undertake a second round of in-person interviews after this.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we are sorry we cannot respond to all applications, so if you do not hear from us after the interview date above, please assume that you have been unsuccessful. 

Note that all applications will be treated in accordance with our GDPR policy. For more information, please click here. 

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