Principal Designer/CDM Advisor – Newcastle/Leeds

Job Title: Chartered Building Surveyor

The opportunity: Summers-Inman has a great opportunity for a Principal Designer / CDM Advisor to join our successful teams based in Newcastle or Leeds.

The successful candidate will be joining an exceptional national consultancy that is active across private and public market sectors, including Education, Healthcare, Retail, Industrial and more.

Summers-Inman is a responsible employer and Investors in People accredited business. We support individuals to develop to their fullest potential and offer excellent personal development opportunities.

We value and promote a positive work-life balance and encourage every member of our team to get involved with charity, sports, community, and company events. Providing a balanced, enjoyable career is important to us, and we work hard to make sure everyone feels a valued part of our organization.

Job Summary

We are seeking an individual to work as Principal Designer/CDM Advisor, managing a wide variety of challenging and interesting projects covering many different construction sectors throughout the UK, including healthcare, commercial offices, education, retail, mixed-use and residential schemes. You will help to ensure that Summers-Inman provides a first-class Principal Designer/CDM Advisor service and will contribute to the organisation’s vision and strategic objective to provide a fully integrated, high quality service to our clients in a friendly, professional manner and to reflect our passion for health, safety and wellbeing in construction.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of a Principal Designer and CDM Advisor include, but are not limited to:

  • To undertake principal designer duties, as defined by the Construction (Design and Management) regulations 2015 (CDM) and as otherwise required of the role, including site visits, preparation of the preconstruction documentation and other associated duties
  • Responsible for managing your own projects – being the key interface between & liaising with the Client Teams, Design Teams, Principal Contractors, and others to deliver projects in line with the Client’s remit, programme and budget
  • Comprehending and carrying out thorough reviews of site project information and construction drawings, and identification of design, construction and maintenance risks through Design Risk Reviews
  • Attending & co-ordinating Design & Project Meetings as required throughout projects (including temporary works review meetings)
  • Visiting project sites prior to construction to carry out initial risk appraisals
  • Preparing, co-ordinating and distributing relevant Health & Safety Information to other design & project team members, using company format where required
  • Reviewing Construction Phase Plans prepared by Principal Contractor and advising on suitability (both to Client and other GHPC CDM colleagues)
  • Reviewing Risk Assessments and Method Statements and issuing formal review reports
  • Overseeing preparation and production of Pre-Construction Information, CEMPs, CPP’s and supporting team members to prepare
  • To seek and follow up opportunities to promote the Practice.

We are seeking candidates who can display the following:

The key skills and qualities of a Principal Designer and CDM Advisor are:

  • IMaPS or CMaPS Accreditation (Incorporated or Certified Membership of the Association for Project Safety)
  • A minimum of 2-5 years’ experience acting as Principal Designer
  • A demonstrable understanding of design and construction drawings, with experience of undertaking Design Risk Reviews
  • A thorough understanding of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, and other associated H&S legislation
  • Manage multiple projects, attend design and project meetings and manage time accordingly
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health & Safety
  • Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety (NEBOSH or others)
  • Qualification or Experience in Environmental Management
  • Understanding of BREEAM & BIM
  • Competent and experienced user of general Microsoft Office software.
  • A driving licence is essential. Regular travel across UK will be required.

Desirable skills include and qualifications include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety (NEBOSH or others)
  • Qualification or Experience in Environmental Management
  • Understanding of BREEAM & BIM.

Remuneration / Benefits

You will receive a negotiable salary package, as well as the following benefits:


25 days’ annual leave + Bank Holidays

For further details: Please contact Andrew Slater (

Please note we are not accepting agency CVs for this vacancy.

RICS logo ISO logo ISO logo IIP logo BREEAM badge