UK Product Design Lead


United Kingdom / London / HB Reavis

Purpose of the role

The UK Product Design Lead role is to manage the team of product design managers as well as work on the projects themselves. Essentially this is to summarise and implement company know-how into all of the development projects in concept creation stages of the project, and thus to link the development of project with product’s unique Value Proposition.

To own and drive the design development process, decision making, design programme and deliverables from the external design team to achieve the commercial and technical outcomes of the project, whilst also coordinating the product design with internal and external stakeholders to achieve timely and quality delivery of the product.


Core Responsibilities:

• Responsible for all UK projects
• Attend presentations to occupiers, be able to present the design and technical aspects of the scheme, so great communication skills are important
• Work with leasing and marketing teams to communicate the design and technical aspects of a scheme into tangible and relatable facts
• Be able to manage senior leaders of the business to secure approvals on the design as it develops
• Communication, presentation and problem solving of complex design topics and to be able to translate for senior leaders to make design and product decisions
• Strong collaboration, negotiation and influencing skills – external team management and internal senior stakeholder management
• Strong decision making skills, ability to make decisions to maintain programme, cost and quality
• Knowledge of future and emerging trends effecting occupiers, workspace design and the wider commercial real estate industry
• Manage PDM internal design team and lead on engagement and coordination with HQ functional leads
• Involvement in feasibility design studies to support acquisition due diligence
• Knowledge of sustainability, Net zero carbon and its impact on the building design and occupiers

Oversee the business planning phase:

• Support the Development Manager (DM) in the general project management, project leadership, setting of project processes and achieving objectives
• Contributes to the Value Proposition creation of the project, takes a crucial part in defining Requirements on Concept
• Contributes to the selection of the external concept design team and the local delivery team
• Responsible for the agreement on the scope of work, program and fees (together with DM) with designers, including inputs from Technical design team (incl. BIM requirements and other related services)
• Leads definition, preparation and updates of the Design Brief and Technical & Design Manual
• Implement of HBR MiniREx (standards) into the projects
• Leads the inputs and preparation of BPC material (design related), in collaboration with DM
• Internal stakeholder management: implementation and coordination of the inputs to the design done by internal parties (ex. WAAS elements)
• Pre-CD2 preparation and management (together with the DC) of the design program as a contribution to the overall project program
• ‘Owns’ the concept design throughout the life of the project and is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Value Proposition in the design
• Pre CD2 leads day to day management of the design team, including the program and payment schedule and individual payments (based on inputs from Technical Design team), instruct additional works
• Supervises document management (platform, QAQC procedure…), design team meetings and Principals meetings to escalate potential issues
• Responsible for managing the changes that have an impact on the concept of the products
• Contributes to risk identification and stakeholder management in related area (external architects, engineers, etc.); then: identifying and submitting lessons learned on our project
• Manage the current Product Design Team

Oversee the construction phase:

• Contributes to the post-CD2 preparation and management of the design program
• Contributes to design and change management decision making post CD2
• Prepares scope of work for the mock-ups and contributes into a discussion on a list of those
• Approves mock-ups based on agreed assumptions and scope of work and DM/Leasing requirements
• Responsibility for preparation and assessment of design studies as a result of changes, value engineering, tenant or third party requirements
• Internal stakeholder management (PDT, Leasing, Development Managers, senior leaders, etc.) for approval of the design
• Supports Leasing in discussions with retail tenants concerning technical aspects and possibilities of the Base Building
• Contribute to risk identification and stakeholder management in related area (external architects, engineers, etc.); then: identifying and submitting lessons learned on our project



  • Although we are very open to the background of this individual, we feel it needs to be somebody who started their career at an Architecture Practice who has then moved into a Development Manager position or Project Management role for another Developer/Real estate business
    • The prospective UK Product Design Lead will have to have experience of managing a team as well as being client facing
    • Finally, the new Product Design Lead must have a history of working on Commercial Projects, this is an essential


  • Ideally a Degree level education in a property or construction related discipline
    • RICS or equivalent professional body accreditation desire


• Stunning workspaces that enhance people’s wellbeing
• Competitive salary and discretionary annual bonus
• Hybrid working set-up
• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
• Pension scheme, life assurance and group income protection
• £1,500 flexible benefits pot including options like gym membership, private medical insurance…
• Enhanced maternity / paternity package
• Season ticket loan options, cycle to work and nursery scheme, Discounts Club etc.
• Annual training budget
• Monthly team breakfast and lunch
• Volunteering days
• No dress code

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