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Associate Director / Associate Architect - Higher Education

  • Job reference: IF-000022
  • Sector: Buildings
  • Location: London
Atkins Architects are looking for an inspirational work winner to help deliver its ambitious targets we have within the Higher Education market in London and the South-East region. Atkins are on several frameworks but we are looking to significantly grow our market presence in region over the next 2-3 years. This role would be key to this success. We are looking for someone to:
• Be client centric
• Be a leader of bids and opportunities in this market
• Establish, maintain and develop relationships with key clients and prospective clients
• Be engaged with the successful delivery of secured projects

Atkins Architects is a national practice of over 400 Professional employees. We operate from 12 regional offices in the UK and have a wide variety of skills such as Architects, Building Surveyors, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Urban Designers and Master planners.

We primarily focus on Education, Commercial & Residential and Rail station design within the London office where the role will be based and have a local team of over 100 employees.

We are looking for an enthusiastic new member to work with our existing team focusing primarily on this HE & FE market. We are looking for someone to:
• Be externally recognised in the industry
• Have a portfolio of clients or contacts in this market
• Proven track record of winning and developing new business opportunities
• Have a proven track record of delivery as well as work winning
• Proven team management skills and experience
• Be creative in their approach

Design Management
• To manage and inspire a team through strong and appropriate leadership
• To ensure design responses are pragmatic and respond to the client brief whilst respecting the opportunities and constraints that each site affords, through climate, context and culture.
• To continue to develop designs that are firmly rooted with a strong narrative and that seek to enhance our reputation

Business Management
• Lead projects by providing design and technical leadership for major projects
• Liaison with key clients and be capable of discussing design/technical solutions to stakeholders including technical and non-technical clients – both in projects and at tender stage
• Successful delivery of projects to a high level of quality and client satisfaction acting as Lead Consultant/Design Manager

Commercial Management
• Strategic vision of the market and industry and ability to focus our business to take full advantage of market conditions
• Detailed knowledge of our competitors, understand our market differentiators and help to shape them
• Extensive experience in preparing bids and tendering.

People Leadership
• Proven team management skills and experience
• Development of the design culture and capability of our multi-disciplinary design team(s)
• An inclusive leader with a confident operating style who is able to deal with diversity within the teams that they manage
• A resourceful, articulate and clear communicator with the ability to influence others
• Be able to work calmly under pressure and lead, inspire and motivate our teams

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