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Senior Principal Designer (CDM)



Bracknell, Berkshire

£50,000 - £60,000

(depending on experience)


  • Pension

  • Car allowance

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • 25 days holidays 

  • Professional Membership Subscriptions (up to 2)

GHPC is interested to hear from experienced Senior CDM Principal Designers who have appropriate construction knowledge and membership of a relevant professional institution, who would be interested in joining our team to assist us in delivering a quality service to clients throughout the South of England.

Please note that direct applications are welcomed for this position - it will not be available through third party recruitment agencies.

Who are we?

GHPC Group Ltd is a multi-disciplinary construction consultancy covering the whole of the UK. We offer an integrated development solution to the construction industry from an experienced team of Chartered Surveyors, Principal Designers, CDM Experts and Defects Claims Experts.


Our extensive professional expertise allows us to have a very realistic view of the development process; as such, we are trusted partners to many UK based developers and clients, able to provide our clients with a value-added, quality service for a flexible & workable price, allowing them to use us as much as they need.

We are committed to being our best, every single day!

The Role

We are looking to appoint a Senior CDM Principal Designer to join our team to provide high-quality CDM and PD services to developers and clients across England. Representing the company as a key client contact across the UK, you will be responsible for managing your own CDM projects, being the key interface between the client, design and construction teams to provide CDM and H&S advice to project teams, taking on the role of CDM PD to plan, manage, monitor and co-ordinate Health & Safety in pre-construction phases of projects, including identifying, eliminating or controlling foreseeable risks. All of this will assist the clients to deliver projects in-line with their remit, programme and budget. 

On a day to day basis, this role will involve producing high-quality information and advice as required (including Pre-Construction Information, CEMPs, Construction Phase Plans and Risk Appraisals), as well as liaising with project contacts, managing the information flow required, managing project admin (including company project budget management, organising client purchase orders and submitting invoicing), and providing support to the wider CDM Team. You will also review Construction Phase Plans, Method Statements, Risk Assessments and oversee the preparation of Health & Safety Files as projects progress. 

You will take part in weekly team meetings, regular client project meetings, and co-ordinate Design Review Workshops, visiting sites prior to construction to carry out initial risk appraisals, and attending site during works to carry out Client Monitoring Inspections.

What do we need to know about you?

The successful candidate should have a minimum of 5 years of experience acting as a CDM Principal Designer to fulfil this position with current membership of the Association for Project Safety (minimum IMaPS but CMaPS preferred), together with excellent IT skills.

It is essential that you have a thorough and excellent understanding of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, along with a thorough understanding of associated legislation including the Building Safety Act, Health & Safety at Work Act and Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations.

A demonstrable understanding of design and construction drawings is required, with extensive experience of undertaking Design Risk Reviews. You will also have excellent knowledge of the built environment and construction processes with significant experience of working in the construction industry and an excellent understanding of construction and site health & safety good practice and the ability to interface with Site Management on H&S issues.

An existing Health & Safety qualification is essential - preferably NEBOSH Diploma and/or NEBOSH Construction Certificate.

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You may also have...

The following would be desirable for the right candidate:


  • A degree or equivalent in a Built Environment subject and/or membership of other relevant professional bodies (MCABE, MCIOB, RIBA, MRICS, MAPM, MIStructE, MICE, CEng, etc).

  • NEBOSH Fire Safety Certificate or equivalent.

  • CMIOSH Accreditation (Chartered Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health).

Attitude & Approach

You're going to be an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with a generally flexible attitude and a general commitment to do what it takes to get the job done. 

You'll be relatively self-sufficient and able to work independently and unsupervised but enjoy working with the wider team.

You'll have the ability to build great relationships, establish good working rapport and communicate effectively with clients and site staff at all levels, being able to handle difficult situations with diplomacy.

Physical Requirements

Being out on-site regularly will mean you will need to be physically able to move around a construction site safely, climbing ladders, accessing scaffolding and potentially working at height. 

GHPC will of course supply you with all the PPE you need to do this safely, you just need to supply common sense, a careful approach and the energy you need to get around site!

Anything else?

To do this job effectively you will need to be extremely IT literate and competent, being a highly experienced user of general Microsoft Office software and mobile phone software and operating systems.


Since your job will rely on communication & co-ordinating audit trail, you will need to have excellent English language skills as well as excellent report writing and communication skills with a high level attention to detail and ability to maintain a suitable audit trail using the company's systems. You will be exceptionally well organised and have the ability to prioritise workload and the flexibility to multi-task.

Smart (business appropriate) appearance, discreet nature, common sense approach to business and client requirements and the ability to quickly and accurately read situations is essential.

And it goes without saying, you will need a full-clean driving licence since the post will require you to travel regularly - you will also need to have a roadworthy vehicle for business use that is suitable for all journeys to client offices, project and site meetings.

Don't be put off if you don't meet 100% of the requirements above!


If you're not sure whether you could be considered for the position, send us your CV and tell us a bit about yourself anyway - we are always keen to hear from people who have the drive and ambition to take control of their own careers and bring loyalty, commitment and quality to GHPC.

Interested in joining our Team?


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Please note that direct applications are welcomed for this position -

it will not be available through third party recruitment agencies.


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