Principal Design Coordinator / CDM Advisor

 £41,909 + Business Car
Closing date: 
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 23:00
UK Power Networks
United Kingdom

Closing Date

25th June 2019


 £41,909 + Business Car



Employment Period


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Reporting to

Design Lead


Principal Design Coordinator / CDM Advisor



We also provide the following additional benefits


  • Annual leave 25 days
  • Personal Pension Plan  €“ Personal contribution rates of 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 8% or 10%)
  • Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
  • Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket loan
  • Occupational Health support
  • Switched On  €“ scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
  • Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres
  • Discounted access to sports and social clubs
  • Employee Assistance Programme.


Job Purpose

To be responsible for monitoring, enabling and coordination between customers, project managers and designers.  Acting  as focal point and point of reference within the company for CDM compliance within the design teams and provide CDMC role to CPP and other directorates (notifiable projects), until such time as CDM regulations change.


The post holder will be working across UKPN directorates and external customers collating stakeholder requirements ensuring the necessary information is available as part of the design process and through the provision of professional CDM advice ensuring UKPN achieve full compliance with the CDM regulations is maintained.


The post holder will have specific responsibilities and accountability for:

  • Providing expert advice as point of reference on adherence to the CDM regulations and duties of the Principal Designer.
  • Contribute to the production of technical, commercial and contractual documents for procurement of engineering products that comply with internal governance procedures.
  • Sourcing survey information from specialist contractors. 
  • Notification to HSE of all Notifiable projects
  • Monitor P6 for progress reports and maintain communications with all parties to ensure efficiency.
  • Summarise action points and learning opportunities from P6 exception reports, design reviews and R & V events.
  • The post holder is self-motivated and has the ability to work with the minimum supervision.
  • The job requires site meetings at UKPN and customer site offices, some travel and work with various office locations. 
  • Clear communication both written and verbal along with the capacity to learn to use new IT and processes is required.


Principal Accountabilities

  • Provide health, safety, environmental and CDM advice to design team. To enable team to remain fully compliant with all statuary H&S regulations
  • Monitor and report upon the timely provision of necessary surveys, reports, investigations and plant/equipment specifications to ensure effective and efficient designs that maximise value engineering opportunities.
  • Monitor and report the design progress highlighting resource constraints.
  • Accountable for monitoring the provision and effectiveness of design risk assessments (HEML) are carried out on all projects.  To ensure compliance with statuary  regulations and safety by design
  • Arrange and hold regular design, Value Engineering and HEML reviews, monitoring monthly design progress and reporting. To ensure financial targets are met  
  • Provide CDM co-ordination in line with current regulations to ensure statutory CDM compliance (CPP and other directorates) and when applicable (Principal) Designer duties capital programme.
  • Responsible for the compilation and submission of a statutory notice for all Notifiable projects within their design team and any updates.
  • Collate monthly design dashboard, detailing latest view of project portfolios, workloads, delivery programmes, efficiencies and any underlying performance and design issues.
  • Provision of accurate and current data to enable managers to co-ordinate delivery of civil / electrical design packages to agree quality, cost and P6 programme and in accordance with the Engineering Design Process


Nature and Scope


To receive projects from Team Leaders/Design Manager and assist the coordination of designers in reaching agreement of the scope of works and deliverables in the forms of milestones.


  • To enable the design manager to ensure the team fulfil the role of principal designer where appropriate though professional advice and guidance.
  • Accountable for the liaison with design coordinators/leads who will manage external design resources to ensure that the deliverables are completed to budgetary targets, design brief requirement and within agreed programme.
  • track design progress in accordance with target programme of work and milestones to ensure designers meet agreed time scales and budgets
  • Support Design Manager/Technical Leads/Team leaders for timely closure of actions.
  • Liaise with technical leads to ensure designs are agreed and reviewed in accordance with departmental procedures
  • Work as a team player in a dedicated design team.
  • The job requires site meetings at UKPN and customer site offices, some travel and work with various office locations. 
  • Evidence of good written, spoken and visual management skills are required
  • Effective communication with senior colleagues and customers along with the ability to explain complex programming issues to junior staff.
  • Support Design Team to produce effective and efficient designs that meet the company standards and all necessary statuary and regulatory approvals.
  • Act as focal point and be responsible for CDM within the team ensuring compliance with the current CDM regulations.
  • Responsible for the preparation and monitoring of Waste Management Data.
  • Responsible for ensuring Health and safety files and as-built drawings are completed and filed within programmed time scales.
  • Assist with the capture of Lessons learned  and coordinate these back into standards and processes
  • Support teams to produce Pre Construction Information documents for a projects.



Skill Qualifications and Experience

  • Track record in design co-ordination with experience in main stream engineering construction including electrical Networks.
  • Hold, or be working towards the NEBOSH Construction Certificate
  • Technical qualifications at HNC/HND or equivalent experience.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft desktop applications including Word, Excel, , PowerPoint, P6, ProjectWise, & Alfresco.(training may be provided where required)
  • A good safety ethos with a sound understanding of Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and their application.  
  • Ability to work unsupervised, set and comply with own targets, and identify and implement innovative cost saving solutions.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Be familiar with and adhere to Quality Assurance procedures and company design standards at all times.
  • Hold a full valid UK driving licence.



Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.


Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.


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