Design Manager

Cairn plc is the premier housebuilding company in Ireland. The Group is well positioned with a highly attractive landbank of strategically located sites in the Greater Dublin area, having delivered a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange in June 2015 with a current market cap of €900M.  Over the upcoming years, Cairn will design and build a portfolio of 12,000 new homes, and we are looking to expand our talented team to support and deliver our growth.

Cairn plc. has a unique opportunity for a high caliber Design Manager. The purpose of this role is to oversee the design of our new homes to ensure the highest standards in contemporary living space design, delivering best-in-class designs in line with customer expectations.  Reporting to the Marketing and Sales Director, the successful candidate will champion and execute the Cairn architectural designs across the full portfolio of Group projects.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide oversight to our external Project Architectural teams from project inception, through planning, procurement, construction, and handover
  • Develop project specific Design Briefs working with the sales and marketing teams to ensure project designs align with target market expectations
  • Refine and develop architectural layouts for new homes with the Project Architects to optimise the interior design and functionality of living spaces
  • Lead the product selection process to ensure informed decision making in the selection of kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom fittings for new homes
  • Contribute to the Value Engineering process with the Construction Operations team to ensure buildable, value-add design solutions are achieved in line with project commercial parameters
  • Interface with the Construction Teams to ensure the smooth implementation of the design vision and delivery of detailed design packages in line with construction programme timelines
  • Define and develop in-house design guidelines for new home schemes

The candidate – key requirements;

  • Qualified Architect with 5+ years’ post qualification experience in residential architecture / internal architecture / interior design
  • A passion for good design and strong appreciation of residential building form and aesthetic
  • Experience in residential interior design and architecture, with a deep interest in modern living standards and spatial design
  • Creative mind, interest in innovation and researching evolving consumer trends
  • Commercially astute with an ability to make value-add contributions through the design development process
  • In-depth knowledge and appreciation of the budget and programme parameters underpinning the construction delivery process
  • Ability to work with a wide array of project stakeholders both internal and external, in a fast-paced project delivery environment with an ability to influence the decision-making process
  • Proficient in CAD and sketch design
  • Experience with a residential design / build developer an advantage, although not essential

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