A design manager collaborates with architects, engineers, and other design experts to shape projects. They lead these professionals in creating functional designs that meet client needs, overseeing the entire process from concept to execution. Their role involves effectively managing relationships with clients, company stakeholders, and on-site teams, guiding the design team, managing risks, and producing innovative solutions to ensure successful project outcomes.
What does this job involve?
Client requirements and translating these into the design while managing feedback and changes
Relationships with clients, company stakeholders and on-site teams
And leading a team of architects, engineers, consultants, and other design professionals
Design documents for accuracy, feasibility, and compliance
The development of design
quality and budget
Design solutions for enhanced functionality, sustainability and cost-efficiency
How do I get into this career?
You will need to earn a relevant bachelor’s degree in fields like architecture or engineering and then gain practical experience. Some also choose to pursue qualifications such as a diploma before and/or a master’s degree afterward in fields like construction management and project management, though this is not mandatory.