Design Manager

Job Details


Job Title:             Design Manager

Reports To:         Director of Estimating

FLSA Status:       Non-exempt

Are you a creative genius looking to make a difference in people’s lives? Is your passion to lead a team and be responsible for their careers? Train and build future designers? Do you want to take your purpose in life to the next level? We have what you are looking for if you said yes to those questions!

Suburban Enterprises’ Design Manager is collaborative, open-aligned, supportive, interested, consistent, clear, curious, accountable, and transparent. You know who you are and how to execute excellence. Suburban Enterprises’ Design Manager brings together architects, structural and service engineers, along with specialist designers and BIM technicians, among many other operations team members, to build and mentor teams, manage design projects, perform design evaluations, and establish a quality benchmark.

Our expectations are high, the compensation package is generous, our culture is best in class, and we prioritize taking care of our team members, customers, and clients.

Here are some of the amazing perks of being a partial owner at Suburban:

  • Potential great pay and pay incentives.
  • Attractive time off schedule
  • Benefits that have not increased premiums in 3 years.
  • Job security
  • You get to be part owner of Suburban.
  • Interesting work & optimal work environment

What you’ll be doing as a Design Manager at Suburban:

  • Manage the Design Department’s safety, goals, training, costs, budget, and business plan to meet or exceed company expectations.
  • Train and coach the Design process; calendar invite, design checklists, Estimating to Design meeting, Design to Operations meeting, design production, design review, delivery, and CRM tracking.
  • Lead preparation of presentations and comfortably leads presentations to diverse audiences, including owners, general contractors, engineers, and architects, recognizing personality differences and levels of technical comprehension.
  • Establish and coordinate design schedule, and set goals for completion, including thorough review and approval of all designs before delivery.
  • Organize pre-design meetings and post-design meetings.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients, subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers.
  • Estimate new design opportunities and create proposals.
  • Manage department susceptibility to risk.
  • Review and finalize quotes and submittals for Operations.
  • Ensure designs meet all code and scope requirements.
  • Maintain advanced knowledge of relevant regulations, codes, and legislative requirements.
  • Manage forecasting, job costs, and invoicing for all Design projects.
  • Develop/review optimal design solutions.
  • Coordinate work with other managers and staff.
  • Instruct and provide technical assistance to the Design team in the preparation of construction documents.

What you Must Bring to the Table:

  • Associate degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school; or three years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in electrical design.
  • Wisconsin Master Electrician License or Wisconsin Designer’s License/designer stamp or able and willing to obtain.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints.
  • Eager to learn Revit, AutoCAD, and Bluebeam.
  • Supervisory experience or training in people management.
  • Valid driver’s license with required auto insurance.

Suburban Enterprises’ Wish List but not Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
  • Wisconsin Designer’s License/designer stamp.
  • Proficient with Revit, AutoCAD, and Bluebeam.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

Qualities and Characteristics: Integrity, loyalty, confidentiality, honesty, emotional maturity, strong work ethic, conscientious, high internal emotional need to succeed, proactive, independent, self-directed, and self-motivated (low maintenance), organized, strong follow and follow-up skills, articulate (a good writer/communicator), the detail-oriented, and high personal standard of excellence.


Our Culture. Safety, core values, teamwork, feedback, and continuous improvement. This is our culture. This is how we work together. This is how we do business.

Your Career. You have a career here at Suburban. Not just a job. We want you to reach your highest potential. You decide what that is.

Our Commitment. To your financial health and well-being. This starts with the Great Game of Business, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), bonus plan, increased income potential, and benefits.

Core Values.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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