Design Manager - Construction

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The Design Manager will work with a team of skilled architects and engineers to contribute to the design and constructability of projects in various industries and of various size and complexity. 


We want you to join our team.


Through industry-leading innovation our company has forged a legacy of quality and safety since our founding in 1916.


“We build living monuments that transcend our time on earth” – John Rakolta Jr. CEO of Walbridge.


What we offer:

  • Career planning, development & growth
  • Outstanding training programs

Why Walbridge:

  • Large organization with award-winning projects, yet small enough for you to have an impact
  • Strong values which are the foundation of our growth for 100 years
  • International, regional and local recognition for stand-out projects, safety, sustainability, culture, wellness and diversity practices


The Design Manager will be part of the Walbridge Management Team and will support both the Estimating and Operations Teams.


This responsibility starts with proposals and will continue through completion of design documents. Design Manager will be available to support Operations during negotiations of design changes and extra work.   The Design Manager may be assigned to a support one or more projects at a time.


Be responsible to manage/drive the design process, including extracting information form the owner, and design partners. 


Lead design and provide Value Engineering ideas while reviewing constructability and identifying risks.  Negotiate contract with Design Professional (including scope of services) and participate in subcontractor/ equipment vendor scope clarification and buy-out meetings.  Lead Design Meetings with Customer / Owner, and document with Meeting Minutes.

  • Develop and monitor open issues during design phase
  • Manage Multiple user groups and engineers to identify scope
  • Provide Value Engineering evaluation of conceptual design
  • Provide direction to Design Professionals and Design Builders during the design phase (through issuance of Issued for Construction Drawings)
  • Document meetings with Owner, Design Professionals and subcontractors during the design phase (through issuance of Issued for Construction Drawings
  • Prepare Design Control Plan for inclusion in Job Site Quality Program (JSQP)
  • Monitor and Control implementation of Design Control Plan (DCP)
  • Assist with Clarification of the Basis of Design documents by coordinating submission of Requests for Information (RFI’s)
  • Support site plan approval efforts, and reviews by city engineers, Fire Marshall (local and state), utilities and water and sewer departments, if applicable
  • Coordinate with Walbridge Technologies VDC Group
    Support effort to obtain all required building permits (for phased design).


  • Assist with field troubleshooting and change order negotiation
  • Provide contract clarification to determine out-of-scope client requests
  • Assist with change order negotiations with subcontractors, subcontractors, and Design Professionals
  • Assist with preparation of validation criteria for facility launch
  • Accumulate and document in central database



  • Degree in Engineering or Architecture
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the design/construction business
  • RA or P.E. - preferred


EEO/AA Employer M/F/D/V

Walbridge is an equal opportunity employer with a culture that promotes diversity in the workforce. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, status as an individual with a disability, military, or protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning career development, recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, promotions, or any other condition of employment.


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