Design Manager (MR0603)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Design Manager (LOG2E)
Position Summary: 

The Design Manager of the Design Services reports to the Associate Director Design Services, Facilities Management and Ancillary Services, and assists the Associate Director in managing the delivery process including design, constructions, and execution of all the exterior landscape and interior design projects undertaken by the University. The Design Manager is responsible for the safety, usefulness, aesthetics and life cycle of all components of landscape and interior design projects. The Design Manager also directs the work of external landscape consultants appointed for specific mandates. Participate as an integral member of the design team.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Provide analysis and planning of issues related to the capital and financial resources and logistics necessary to support the overall mission of the University.
  • Conduct research, occupational studies, analyses, research, programs, for Interior Design projects.
  • Advise and ensure the implementation of new initiatives that support the strategic direction of the department/unit and the University's overall objectives by keeping abreast of new developments and trends in the fields of expertise.
  • Lead his/her team to assure that projects meet scope and are executed on schedule and on budget to the satisfaction of the end user/client. Ensure that all projects meet proper quality, regulatory and code requirements.
  • Oversee the quality and quantity of support staff by distributing, verifying and approving. Recommend administrative measures to his/her superior that relate to support staff. Provide relevant instructions to other professionals who have contributed to his/her project.
  • Manage and report on the financial, time and staff assignment in conjunction with the internal fees recovery Policy
  • Define problems, consequences and analyzes the physical, social and economic aspects of Interior Design initiatives of a project's development. Develop methods and technical processes required to achieve them.
  • Manage and execute multiple projects from conceptualization to the final implementation including supervision of all aspects of the development of a project, including the design, technical feasibility, estimation, code compliance, plans, specs and the construction management.
  • Liaise and work with clients to define their needs and develop Interior design programs in consultation with the user/client and other interested University constituencies.
  • Define furniture and signage guidelines and standards and ensure that they are up to date. Ensure that these guidelines are followed by internal and external consultants
  • Design projects in its area of specialization, plan and coordinate all phases related to the execution of the work.
  • Liaise between external and governmental agencies, the University community and senior administration.
  • Proceed in the development and updates of processes, standards and guidelines. Contribute to the development of models and management tools.
  • Write technical and administrative reports related to his/her activities.
  • Forecast, control and approve costs of the project. Recommend modifications to the administration on contracts related to his/her projects.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergratuate Degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Successful candidates shall be well organized with an ability to prioritize and multi-task in a deadline-oriented environment. Good knowledge of current technology and building codes as it relates to institutional construction and renovation. Demonstrated initiative. Strong customer-service focus and ability to give direction and assistance to clients. Strong ability to work in a PC environment using MS Office, Autocad. Must have advanced knowledge of visual programs such as In Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, 3ds Max and SketchUp. English & French, spoken & written. Knowledge of Ergonomics principles. Basic knowledge of Project Management procedures and processes.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Associate Director, Design Services
Salary Range: 
(Grade 05) $56,800 - $71,100 (midpoint) $92,500
Facilities Management and Ancillary Services
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Facilities Management and Ancillary Services:


McGill University, Facilities Management and Ancillary Services (HR), Area Personnel Office

1010 Sherbrooke Street West, 10th floor

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 2R7


(514) 398-5191

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*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Facilities Management and Ancillary Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.