CDM Principal Designer




United Kingdom

Job Details
£55,000 - £70,000
United Kingdom
Flexible Work:
Job Type:
Candidate Consultant
Senem Palaz
Posting date:
February 5, 2024
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The Client:

We are looking for an Architect / Principal Designer to be a part of a World Architecture Top 100 practice renowned for their excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy. You will be joining a large team of a talented workforce of 250 people, with studios across England, Australia and Hong Kong.


Our client provides hybrid working conditions (3 days in office, 2 WFH), flexible working with core hours of 10am - 4pm, a bonus scheme and many more benefits, including bike2work scheme. Their benefits include a strong culture of growth with great training and development opportunities.

Summary of Role:

We are looking for a talented CDM/PD Advisor to join our client's team in their London studio. We are looking for a results driven, tenacious, go getter to take on managing a mixture of bespoke architectural projects whilst also delivering new business. This is a progressive practice, so you’ll need to understand their culture and strategy, identify opportunities and be responsible for developing staff. It’s an entrepreneurial job, with lots of responsibility and the freedom to deliver results.

  • Advise designated and specific Project Design Team members including client organisations on Health and Safety risk management matters, and carry out duties as Principal Designer in accordance with current UK (or where relevant) internationally comparable CDM regulations.
  • Help develop the role of CDM PD within the firm as defined by the Construction (Design and management) Regulations 2015.
  • Advise designated and specific Project Design Team members including client organisations on Health and Safety risk management matters.
  • Assist and provide support and advice to in-house design teams to facilitate office wide best practice standards irrespective of global location.
  • Review projects and designs -- planned and ad-hoc prioritising CDM PD appointed projects and advising on any other projects to allow office wide consistency on pre-construction Health and Safety matters and standards.
  • Collate, organise, and assist the client in providing Pre-Construction Information.
  • Manage and co-ordinate the Health and Safety aspects during the Pre-Construction phase.
  • Prepare and issue the Health and Safety File on completion.
  • Assist with compiling and developing guidance material and management tools.
  • Develop and give training to in-house design disciplines.
  • Carry out research on application of Health and Safety Standards (National and International) and good practice.
  • Where necessary liaise with Enforcing Authorities.
  • Critically appraise Design Risk Assessments submitted by Project Design Team.
  • Assist with the completion of Design Risk Assessments.


  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake the above responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate experience and understanding of design and construction management and methodologies.
  • Proven skills in the delivery of CDM/H&S consultancy services.
  • Computer Literate -- CAD preferable
  • Pragmatic, resourceful and persuasive.
  • Able to manage and prioritise tasks and time efficiently
  • Resilience to cope with conflicting demands.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills -- articulate and diplomatic manner.
  • Able to demonstrate initiative and proactive approach to daily tasks.
  • Methodical, accurate and consistent attention to detail.
  • Design experience, preferably architectural – heritage / conservation projects.
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Able to manage sensitive and sometimes confidential information.
  • Self-motivated and able to take responsibility.
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to work independently and as part of an effective Team.
  • Able to build good relationships at all levels, internally and externally.
  • Able and willing to travel to other studios or sites in other UK regions as required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Hold a degree level in an architectural, architectural technology or construction/engineering subject.
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate or equivalent IOSH membership and Member of APS

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CDM Principal Designer

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