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Programme Manager (Place & Infrastructure)

From our flagship research programme Design Economy, to visionary projects with Network Rail and the NHS, the Design Council is at the centre of the UK's design conversation. Our current programmes cover the built environment, public sector design, social innovation, and business innovation.

We are now looking for a talented Programme Manager to run a number of our Place & Infrastructure projects. We work with a range of large organisations to advance strategic opportunities to use design frameworks and principles, and with local authorities to build up their design capability and stewardship of local places. Ultimately both aspects aim to improve the quality of places through supporting and emboldening excellent sustainable and inclusive design.   

We undertake these projects with strategic intent, using design as a force for change. Our place and infrastructure portfolio brings together multi-disciplinary design teams to help address specific challenges facing different places, organisations and communities across the country. By sharing the insights and impacts from these we are able to influence audiences nationally to use design more effectively.

To achieve that impact, you’ll be able to plan and deliver projects drawing on our network of over 400 Design Council Experts who comprise some of the most respected designers working in the built environment sector today.

You would work across a portfolio of diverse projects covering any of the following examples. From designing engagement and prototyping of the next generation of railway stations across the UK; to future-casting for clients on the challenges of designing for smart, adaptable buildings. Providing expertise to run Design Reviews both to advise major infrastructure schemes and to support local authorities secure well designed applications for new developments. Creating bespoke engagements for organisations to embed sustainable design principles and frameworks into their operations; and building an appreciation and appetite for design among non-designers in creating sustainable places.

With our recent Design for Planet mission, we have the opportunity to work with partners to push further in addressing key climate, nature and equity challenges in pursuing Net Zero and equally importantly making our towns and cities adaptable and resilient.

The role would suit someone with a background and interest in architecture or urban planning, with a desire to use these skills in new ways. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to use your skills to help our clients to practise design thinking in new and transformational ways.

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  • Salary: £30,000-£40,000
  • Reporting to: Programme Lead
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Closing date: 12 August 2022