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Design Team Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the role

We are advertising a significantly influential role within the Project Delivery team that will lead on delivering a design team and programme of highway project designs. You will be responsible for coordinating multiple projects of varying complexity and priority and ensuring the team are adopting the latest standards and design solutions to provide the best outcomes. You will be a big part of achieving our net zero target through innovative design.

Overall purpose of this role:

The development and delivery of new transport infrastructure is vital to the future economic wellbeing of Cambridgeshire.

The skills required to deliver such a programme are considerable and require a background in highway design, with sound technical knowledge, an understanding of project management, experience in commissioning infrastructure projects, stakeholder engagement, and statutory legal processes.

Importantly, the Design Team Manager has responsibility for overseeing the County Councils in house design team across a portfolio of projects. The role is responsible for effective and efficient, design and delivery of schemes across a wide range of transport projects.

You will collaborate with teams across the organisation to design infrastructure projects providing technical input and expertise throughout the pre-construction phase. You will lead a team of designers at different career stages and be responsible for their development and projects.

In this role you will design customer focussed solutions, set delivery outcomes for projects, and define service outcomes working across teams with a range of needs – e.g. innovative safe designs, maximising contract savings and achieving value for money, whilst helping us work towards the aim of being net zero by 2035.

The role supports the Group Manager and other managers within the Project Delivery Directorate in delivering the Councils objectives, through joined-up service planning, community engagement and the flexible use of resources.

To find out more about our team and the work that we do, visit

For an informal conversation please contact Josh Rutherford, Group Manager Design & Delivery Project Delivery on

To apply, please upload a document containing your CV and a covering letter, outlining how you meet the attached person specification. Ensure your covering letter to support your CV is no more than two pages.

Applications are reviewed on a daily basis, please do not delay the submission of your application as this is a rolling advert and will be closed once a successful candidate has been found.

About you

You will be capable of leading a team of industry experts delivering a range of project designs. Your ability to influence our design methodology and prioritisation will be essential in this role. Being motivated to make a visible difference to our communities and drive forward change to meet our net zero ambition.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme.
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we believe benefits our employees, the organisation and our communities. 

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.

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