Principal Designer in Oxford at TalentSpa

Date Posted: 9/13/2022

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Job Description

Due to the growth within the business, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Principal Designer to join us in either Oxford, Summertown, Cambridge Central, Leeds or London Office!

This is a new and varied role which will enable someone who is proactive and knowledgeable within commercial property sector to help strengthen Carter Jonas’ profile within the market and the building consultancy service.

As the Principal Designer within the building consultancy team, you will be re responsible for ensuring that highest levels of health and safety management are an integral part of the pre-construction phase of all projects. The post holder will work closely with other duty-holders to plan, manage and monitor health and safety; identify any information gaps and foreseeable-risks to evaluate against the general principles of prevention.  The role will involve working with existing and new internal and external clients to support the development of the team’s service line which sits alongside existing streams delivering architecture and building surveying services

We offer a highly competitive salary with an excellent benefits package including 25 days annual leave, pension contribution, life assurance and flexible benefits to suit your personal circumstances.

Principal DesignerDuties:

  • Ensure the client is aware of their obligations as a duty-holder under CDM, 2015
  • Inform the client of other duty-holders’ obligations under CDM, 2015
  • Assist the client in the provision of the pre-construction information
  • Plan, manage and monitor construction health and safety during the pre-construction phase
  • Coordinate matters relating to health and safety, as design proceeds
  • Take account of health and safety matters when design, technical and organisational aspects are being decided
  • Consider health and safety when planning the various items or stages of work and estimating the time required to complete work or stages
  • Consider the contents of any construction phase plan or health and safety file
  • Ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the elimination or control of foreseeable hazards of significant risk to those involved, affected or have access to the construction work, future users, and maintenance workers.
  • Ensure designers understand their obligations under CDM duties
  • Ensure that everyone working on the pre-construction phase cooperates with each other
  • Provide pre-construction information to every designer and contractor appointed, or being considered

Principal DesignerRequirements:

You will have strong working knowledge of Project Management, Health and Safety and experience of working with a wide range of clients within the public and private sector. You’ll possess a degree in a built environment subject or have equivalent experience in the field, demonstrable experience in the role of an employers agent, excellent interpersonal skills and experience of communicating effectively with a wide range of stakeholders. Excellent customer service and presentational skills, along with the ability to multi-task effectively to meet deadlines. Membership of RICS or an equivalent professional body and a NEBOSH accreditation is highly desirable. Driving license and access to a car required.

Principal DesignerBenefits:

We offer a highly competitive rewards package including group pension, flexible benefits, referral schemes and generous annual leave.

As an equal opportunity employer, with the Investors in People Gold accreditation, we are dedicated to driving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Learning and development is important to us; we encourage everyone to continue developing to optimise their performance and fulfil their potential. We have an agile flexible working policy; many of our team work flexibly, we would be happy to talk to you about how this could work for you. We enjoy what we do, and we do it well, which is why 80% of our business comes from repeat clients.

About the Company:

Since 1855, Carter Jonas has grown to be one of the largest and most respected property consultancies in the UK with a network of 34 offices across England and Wales, employing more than 900 partners and employees.

Our tailored service and Simply Better Advice have enabled us to forge lasting, intelligent and trusting partnerships with our clients. These long-standing relationships are our most important and most closely protected asset. From private landowners to local authorities, pension funds to farmers – our universe of client experience is among the most varied in UK property.

We employ the very best people. We are a place where people want to work, and our culture is both collaborative and business minded. We have experts in every field who deliver long term advice that enhances our clients’ future prosperity.

Ahead of the curve, we are pioneering in the use of technology within the property industry, making Carter Jonas a hugely exciting place to work.


  • Approachable – We treat every relationship with respect, integrity, and warmth
  • Effective – We do what we say we will, we do it well and we are accountable
  • Ambitious – We are ambitious for our clients and for our firm

If you think that you are suitable for this Principal Designer role, please apply now!