Design Manager - Buildings


Toronto, ON, CA Mississauga, ON, CA

Graham is an employee-owned construction solutions partner that services the buildings, industrial, infrastructure, water and project finance sectors. We deliver lasting value for our clients through meticulous planning and scheduling, while upholding rigorous safety and quality standards. With offices throughout North America, our passionate and knowledgeable teams deliver projects that enable communities to thrive and people to live, work, move and grow in a rapidly changing world. With over nine decades of experience, Graham has the resources, capacity and expertise to undertake projects of every scope, scale and complexity. Join our team to deliver a better tomorrow.

We are seeking top-tier talent to join our Buildings division and deliver innovative projects in the healthcare, education, hospitality, recreational, entertainment, retail, commercial office, mixed-use, multi-family residential and light industrial sectors. As a member of this collaborative team, you can expect a safe, diverse and inclusive environment, and on-going learning and career development opportunities.


About the role:


Reporting to the Design Services Director, the Design Manager is responsible for contributing to the development of major buildings projects in addition to the overall Pre-Construction process while ensuring procedures and best practices are followed.  The Design Manager manages and provides input into the design process with respect to initial strategy and development of the overarching design philosophy while identifying, managing, and mitigating risk; additionally the individual is accountable for ensuring the Consultant team is meeting compliance and contractual obligations. This role will include meeting with the owner and/or other stakeholders to advance the design in compliance with the contract requirements while facilitating meetings with the Consultant team and the owner to guide the process and ensure Graham is meeting the clients’ needs and delivering a cost-effective solution. The individal may also be responsible for management of other Design Specialists and Design Coordinators on multiple projects. The Design Manager will also manage the ESDC (Engineering Services During Construction) process during project execution. 


As a Design Manager at Graham you will:


  • Ensure that design policies and procedures are followed.
  • Ensure the team is meeting the compliance and contractual obligations and notify the team of any risks relating to this.
  • Monitor ongoing design efforts to ensure minimal compliance and most cost-effective design.
  • Monitor for minimal compliance, including area checks, efficiency of the layout (corridors, electrical), and gross up factors.
  • Monitor clash-detection processes for design 
  • Ensure design deliverables are submitted on time.
  • Meet and ensure the quality of the design documents.
  • Audit the design documents against the requirements, ensuring they are complete and meet industry quality standards.
  • Notify the Commercial team of any contract variances to the performance specifications and variances to the original budget.
  • Lead the Design Management of projects.
  • Provide support to the Pre-Construction Director, Project Director and the Project Execution team as required.
  • Ensure the Consultant team is achieving their deliverables on time.




  • Degree in Engineering or Architecture.
  • LEED, PMP, and P. Eng designations are assets.
  • 15+ years of construction experience.
  • Experience with Lean or IPD projects would be an asset.
  • Experience working within design build procurement methods is preferred.
  • Proficiency using MS Office Suite and BIM software tools.
  • Working knowledge of Navisworks (3D and 4D) and REVIT (extract data, open models).
  • Experience with ACONEX or Revizto is an asset.


If this sounds like you, then Graham may be the right fit. Apply today.

Graham is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Graham does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.

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As Graham's trusted recruitment partner, Jardeg aids in the hiring of skilled professionals who play a crucial role in the success of Graham's Buildings, Industrial, Infrastructure, Water, Development, Maintenance and Turnaround projects across Canada.


The Graham Advantage

• We are one of North America’s largest General Contractors

• Graham is 100% employee owned

• We champion development of our employees, including having accredited PMP and Gold Seal training available in-house

• We have a balanced portfolio of exciting, challenging, and career-defining projects

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