Design Manager

At Hickory, we don’t believe in standing still, for over three decades we have continually invested in researching and developing systems and products to improve the way we build. Our philosophy is ‘MADE for LIFE’ – it’s a commitment we honour, each day. Everything we do and everything we build is ‘MADE for LIFE.’ Whether it’s refining our patented, prefabricated building products, developing more efficient and sustainable construction practices, or bringing expertise inhouse to supply critical components, we always believe there is a better way. As a result, Hickory have become one of the most diverse property companies in Australia.


The Design Manager at Hickory serves a pivotal role in overseeing the comprehensive design aspects of construction projects. Their primary purpose lies in ensuring the seamless integration of design processes from initial planning to project completion. They are responsible for guiding and coordinating design teams, offering expertise on build feasibility and aligning design choices with project objectives.


  • Work-Life Balance: Enjoy a balanced work-life schedule with a standard 5-day work week.
  • Continuous Career Advancement: Unlock your potential through ongoing career development and growth prospects.
  • Employee Wellbeing: Access our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for valuable support and resources.
  • Travel Perks: Benefit from exclusive travel perks, including discounted flights and hotel rates.
  • Expert In-House Team: Collaborate with our dedicated structures and facades team.
  • Family-Friendly Policies: Receive paid parental leave to support your family needs.
  • Supportive Culture: Thrive in a nurturing team environment that values both collective and individual achievements.
  • Diverse Opportunities: Gain exposure to a wide range of roles and industry leaders in our leading market company.


  • Manage the design process from pre-planning through construction, ensuring designs meet project goals and client requirements throughout.
  • Provide guidance and advice on design implications and build feasibility issues, offering expertise on design choices and identifying any feasibility issues that may arise during construction.
  • Offer recommendations and insights concerning value management and project specifications, aligning project specs with objectives and minimizing costs.
  • Ensure consistent application of design processes across projects, implementing standardized methodologies.
  • Contribute to developing an adaptable Design Management Plan tailored to suit the unique requirements of different projects.
  • Address inquiries and manage communications with stakeholders promptly and professionally.
  • Participate in workshops with the project team, actively contributing ideas to enhance the design process.
  • Lead or engage in meetings, preparing necessary documents and distributing relevant materials for effective communication.
  • Offer advice on legislative compliance and the latest design standards, ensuring designs adhere to regulations.
  • Incorporate Hickory’s guidelines and best practices, including the Hickory Way®, into design documents.
  • Ensure compliance with Occupational Health, Safety & Environmental standards, focusing on safe design practices.
  • Complete Health Safety and Environment requirements, including monitoring design change checklists and risk assessments.
  • Provide risk assessments and manage commercial risks in design outputs to minimize negative impact.
  • Maintain design brief within cost restraints, avoiding unnecessary expenses.
  • Ensure all design output meets quality standards and specifications set by Hickory and its clients.
  • Implement sustainable design practices, integrating environmental and sustainability standards into the design process.
  • Supervise the adoption of innovative technologies and software for design processes to enhance efficiency and quality.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with clients, ensuring their needs are met throughout the design process.
  • Continuously review and refine internal design processes to enhance efficiency and reduce redundancy.
  • Address conflicts or issues promptly, working with teams to find effective solutions.
  • Stay updated on new design technologies and industry trends to incorporate innovative methods.
  • Oversee the comprehensive documentation of the design process, generating reports and documentation for stakeholders.


  • Bachelor of Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, Project Management or equivalent.
  • 10 years of experience in Design Management for commercial construction projects.
  • Proven Leadership and Team Management Skills.
  • Strong Knowledge of Regulatory Compliance and Design Standards.
  • Experience in managing design budgets effectively, optimising resources and making strategic decisions to ensure design excellence within budget constraints.
  • Track record of integrating innovative design concepts and leveraging cutting-edge technology tools to enhance the design process.
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