Closing date: 27 June 2024
Design Manager

Design Manager

St Helena Island, South Atlantic 

2 years FTC available immediately

£50k pa, plus International Supplement

Enjoying unique lifestyle opportunities, St Helena Island is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Although better placed to develop economically and socially as a result of opening our international airport in 2017, we are not at the stage of self-sufficiency and therefore remain dependent on UK government aid. In this key role you will manage design processes on complex construction projects, managing, co-ordinating and integrating the activities of external design consultants and helping with design and pre-construction activities.

Managing and monitoring the design process for all RIBA stages via external design consultants, you will drive innovative, safe and cost effective solutions though value management activities at each stage. You must review key materials and interfaces to ensure they are fit for purpose and provide long-term durable solutions without exposing the Government of St Helena to maintenance or H&S risks.

As you manage client expectations and requirements, you will promote and manage client engagement within the project team. You should monitor, report and manage any brief changes with stakeholders and teams and communicate design process and progress to the Project Board and Programme Management Office. You will ensure design risk assessments are carried out and residual risks are managed and that design and build solutions meet current design standards and legislation. Training and mentoring will be an ongoing requirement.

Degree qualified in Architectural Technology or equivalent you have lengthy experience in a similar role. Your excellent design and technical skills include the ability to use design software. Having construction management experience you have worked with governments of developing countries, particularly small states or islands. Experienced in applying RIBA plan of works you have a track record of managing the design stages and build of a broad range of project types. You can deliver precise, concise and coherent drafting on technical issues and have the ability to explain complex matters to non-specialists.

In addition, you must demonstrate our core values of fairness, integrity and teamwork and use your diverse expertise and experiences to ensure your time on the Island has the broadest benefit to St Helena.  As an officer funded through the Technical Co-Operation Programme you will be expected to share your knowledge and skills beyond the workplace contributing to workforce, community and capacity development in St Helena.

Our Benefits Package Includes:

  • An International Supplement of at least £15,900 per annum, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy Information
  • Relocation Allowances, full details of which are in the Overseas Vacancy Information
  • Annual Pension Contribution of 7.5% of salary
  • Annual Leave of 30 days per annum plus Public Holidays

How to Apply:

An application form is available below, further information can also be found, or you may contact Kedell Worboys on 0203 818 7610 or via email:

Applications must be sent to and received by 27 June 2024

To be considered for this role, you must complete our application form.  Failure to do so will mean that your application will not be considered.  Please do not submit your CV.  

The Public Service positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification.

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