Design and Technical Solutions Lead

National portfolio
Competitive salary plus bonus and benefits package
03 Jun 2021
27 Jun 2021
Job Function
Architect, IT
Job position
Contract Type
Full Time

Design and Technical Solutions Lead

University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is the leading infrastructure and services partner to UK Universities – and this is an exciting time to join a business with an overarching mission to be the strategic partner of choice to Universities by delivering next-generation campuses.

UPP is seeking to make the crucial appointment to the role of Design and Technical Solutions Lead.  Reporting to the Construction Director within UPP’s Asset Management Division the purpose of the role is to coordinate and drive the business-wide response to UPP’s accommodation and academic offering (i.e. service offer, technology solutions, building design, technical solutions etc.) to achieve our stated purpose of helping to transform our university campuses in order to deliver a great student experience.

The role will lead on the appointment of design teams and play an influential role in driving design innovation and design standards to future proof UPP’s product and service offering and explore innovative new ways of creating student spaces to enhance student experience. You will lead on the implementation of strategic objectives to continually evaluate the future of student living requirements with regard to our products, services, and technical requirements, taking into account the future advances in technology on learning, living and operational performance, with a strong focus on sustainability best practice (Passivhaus and EnerPhit).

We are therefore seeking an individual with proven experience and track record in design management on large-scale and complex construction projects, with an understanding of technical (including compliance and fire safety) and cost implications of construction delivery and asset management life-cycle, preferably on high-volume residential projects.  You will have experience of successfully working with client partners to develop compelling and innovative design solutions with a detailed understanding of construction technology and applying innovation in design development through leadership of design teams and contractors.  The role calls for the role calls for an individual who has exceptional presentation, communication and stakeholder management skills. 

This is an exciting time to join a commercially focused, high performing, customer and results oriented organisation that operates with energy, pace and passion – and a to play a key role ensuring that UPP provides high-quality, industry-leading facilities.

UPP is an inclusive and flexible employer that offers excellent employee benefits in addition to competitive base salaries and bonus potential.  The candidate brochure can be viewed at

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( and Nicholas Coppard ( at The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) on 0203 962 9900.  Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to and   All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to MRG.

Closing date for applications: 27th June 2021

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