Director of projects

Location: London, UK
Added on: 28 Feb 2024, Job offer expires on: 30 Mar 2024

Malcolm Reading Consultants is hiring a director of projects to join its team in London.

Location: hybrid or full office working – four days in MRC’s Blackfriars office per week, one day a week working from home

Salary: circa £100k depending on experience plus package plus discretionary bonus

Closing date: 29 February 2024 (or when the position is filled)

Malcolm Reading Consultants is the leading independent organiser of international architectural competitions. We believe in the power of design to create new perceptions and act as an inspiration.

We are looking for a new director of projects to expand our senior management team and help us run more projects.

This varied role offers the opportunity to work on high profile and fast-moving civic and cultural projects with global clients. Highly successful within our sector, the MRC team is focused and supportive. We help clients commission new museums, contemporary art galleries, libraries, visitor attractions, residential buildings, hotels and resorts, universities and performing arts venues as well as urban and landscape design projects.

Our competitions attract the world’s leading architects and designers, and our juries often include thought-leaders and famous figures from the worlds of design, media, politics and business.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work on masterplans and public realm initiatives, on forthcoming icons as well as beloved historic buildings. Please be prepared to travel to overseas site visits and/or client meetings each quarter.

See job description on website for full details.

Who we’re looking for

You need to be an architect or masterplanner with a strong academic background and professional record, attuned to world class design and with proven project and management experience of at least five to eight years.

The role

The successful candidate will lead named projects, liaising with clients, overseeing procurement processes, identifying design partners and managing project teams. You should be able to absorb complex information at speed; write and guide design briefs; be confident presenting at VIP, CEO and director level and run mid-competition workshops/charrettes for leading international studios.

Alongside your competitions’ portfolio, you will be expected to bring fresh ideas and innovation to our processes and internal management culture; provide project management direction to team members, assist with budgets and contract negotiations as well as win new business and represent MRC.

We are looking for a candidate who is suited to an entrepreneurial small company environment and will connect with MRC’s culture, showing integrity, intellectual leadership and effective communication. See job description for full details.

You will be a good fit if your skills/experience include:

  • senior client or management experience with the ability to grow strong relationships
  • ability to absorb complex information rapidly and accurately
  • good organisational abilities to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • interpersonal skills
  • communication skills (written and verbal)
  • problem solving
  • numeracy
  • experience with a good variety of CAD and DTP, such as Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, SketchUP and Revit

The key attitudes of mind we seek from you include:

  • hard-working and conscientious with persistence and initiative
  • integrity and honesty
  • attuned to world class design
  • business-minded and able to generate new work
  • international outlook and willingness to travel internationally
  • passion for quality

Work environment

We offer hybrid working, four days a week in our Blackfriars office and one day a week home working, or full-time office working.

The package

We offer a competitive salary plus a package of other benefits and a discretionary bonus. We are a friendly team with a straightforward approach and a passion for quality.

See job description on website for full details.

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