Design Manager - Oil & Gas - Southampton

Full time

Southampton, United Kingdom


Trant Engineering Limited is an Engineering & Construction company, with offices and projects throughout the UK and Overseas. We have a number of different divisions, including; Energy, Oil & Gas, Process & Water, International and Control & Automation. We have over 800 employees and with a healthy forward order book and a projected turnover of £140m this year, it is an exciting time to join the business.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team of Engineers working within our Innovation Design and Solution (IDS) centre, you will be responsible for the production of design deliverables for predominately process related projects in the Petrochemical sectors. Other work sectors include Energy (hydrocarbon and renewables), Power & Transmission, Marine/Coastal, Defence (UK and Dependencies), Pharmaceutical, Nuclear, Water, Wastewater and Biosolids sectors.

You will report directly to the Engineering Manager and coordinate with the Oil and Gas Sector Director. As a Design Manager you will work closely with the Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Design Managers and CAD Team Leader.


  • The role will be initially focussed in supporting the business development team and oil and gas sector Director in pursuing new opportunities in the petrochemical sector.
  • Working with the Engineering Manager and Oil and Gas Sector Director you will be responsible for developing a 5 and 10 year plan to expand IDS’ design capabilities in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Sector. The plan will set out the type of work to target, resources required, software and simulation packages required to undertake the work.
  • Responsible for Managing all aspects of process design from site surveys of existing assets to optioneering, feasibility studies, FEEDs, detailed designs and design fee estimates
  • Responsible for coordinating resources to ensure the efficient and intelligent production of design deliverables and undertaking the production of discipline led design deliverables as required
  • Providing technical assistance to project teams during the installation and commissioning phases of projects
  • Mentoring our developing Process Engineers during the professional and personal development en-route to their professional qualifications
  • Appointing and managing third party designs from specialist design consultants to support inhouse design related projects
  • Responsible for recruitment of new team members
  • Approving all design deliverables
  • Undertaking formal design reviews throughout the project cycle as defined within TEL procedures
  • Working with estimators, assisting and offering advice during tender preparations and providing any technical information required to support bid submissions
  • Quality control of all design related design deliverables
  • Assisting Project Managers or Design Coordinators to monitor design expenditure and ensure designs progress in accordance with programme
  • Representing Trant at local and national conferences and meetings
  • Act as the Principal Designer in accordance with the CDM Regulations 2015
  • Continued development and review of quality management systems
  • Development and implementation of mechanical software packages


  • Chartered membership of relevant professional institution
  • Recognised Engineering Institution Accredited BEng/MEng degree
  • Professional experience working within large to medium engineering organisations
  • Experience in managing a large team of Engineers


Health and Safety

The active promotion of the company safety culture through example and management of people.

That safety takes precedence in any conflict with time, cost or quality


That those associated with the business understand and deliver company expectations
That client and company requirements are effectively communicated to all personnel


That all operations are carried out in accordance with the company management system, policy objectives and statutory and contractual requirements
The implementation of the company management systems for health, safety, the environment and quality in conjunction with the TEL Systems Department
That all work is completed to the Client’s satisfaction, within budget
Establishing and maintaining working relationships and effective communication with clients


At Trant, we offer the opportunity for career development and progression within a professional working environment and we strongly support and encourage employees to gain professional qualifications.

Our company benefits package includes;

A competitive salary
Company car or car allowance
24 days holiday + bank holidays
The opportunity to buy further holidays
Christmas shutdown
Free onsite parking
Government workplace pension

Equal Opportunities;

Trant Engineering Limited is committed to equal opportunities for all and we do not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, sex, disability or age

To apply for this position, please e-mail your CV to or call our Internal Recruitment Team on 02380 665544




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