Buildings and facilities


£41,965 - £45,867 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time


020 7323 8000

Design Manager (Building Services)

Design Manager (Building Services)

Capital Planning and Programme Management

Full time


£41,965 - £45,867

Application deadline: Midday on the 6th April 2020

The British Museum has an exciting opportunity to join us as Design Manager, focused on building services.

This is a great opportunity to join our growing Capital Planning and Programme Management team. In this exciting role, you will work as part of the client-side design management function, responsible for the Museum’s estate including the grade-I listed building in Bloomsbury, which serves to protect and display the Museum’s unique collection. The role will work across a range of challenging and exciting project collaborating with array of colleagues from many different departments.

What the British Museum can offer?

  • Generous annual leave allowance (25 annual leave + 2.5 privilege days)
  • Generous civil service pension (Employer contribution of 27.1%)
  • Working in the heart of Bloomsbury, London in the new World Conservation and Exhibition Centre (WCEC)
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • A rare opportunity to shape a world-class institution

Key areas of responsibility:

The building services role will act as the design representative to enable the successful development and delivery of CPPM capital and masterplan projects, specific to the following building services (and inclusive of asset renewal and replacement):

  • MEPPH,
  • Infrastructure / distribution,
  • Lifts,
  • Fire and life safety,
  • Security (physical and technological), as well as
  • Interfaces with IT/digital

The role will:

  • Lead on internal and external stakeholder management and coordination of Museum design requirements
  • Undertake complex decision making and problem solving in reviewing designs for capital and masterplan projects from both delivery and operational perspectives
  • Ensure that the designs reflect the brief and to a quality and standard acceptable to the Museum
  • Input into, and in some instances lead on, the development of briefs and technical design standards and guidelines

Person specification:

  • Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience
  • Significant experience planning, developing and delivering projects within a similar environment
  • Experience of working with design teams on new-build and refurbishment projects and detailed knowledge of operational needs and design standards for a museum environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, you will be able to read and interpret information from architectural/engineering drawings and specifications, especially from a change control perspective
  • Management experience – ability to influence and motivate a team
  • Experience presenting to and briefing senior management/senior client staff and ability to work with a widely differing range of colleagues

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