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Senior Principal Designer or CDM Advisor

  • Job
    Senior (5-8 years)
  • Construction & Surveying
  • Edinburgh

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  • You must be a certified CMaPS/IMaPS with experience in CDM coordination, NEBOSH qualification is an advantage. Strong communication, organization, and team player skills are essential. Must be proactive, commercially astute, and hold a full driving licence.
  • You will ensure compliance with CDM Regulations, advise clients on health and safety, review designs, coordinate with team members, and generate new principal designer work.


  • Certified or Incorporated Member of the Association for Project Safety (CMaPS/IMaPS)
  • Previous experience as a CDM co-ordinator/principal designer (as defined under the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015)
  • A recognised professional qualification in construction health and safety, such as a NEBOSH diploma or NEBOSH Construction Certificate would be an advantage although not essential.
  • Experience in delivering CDM/principal designer services to private and public sector clients on a mixture of projects
  • Good technical writing, client-facing and communication skills
  • Well-organised, diligent, proactive, assertive, well-disciplined and commercially astute
  • A team player with a ‘can do’ attitude, outgoing, polite, patient, diplomatic, personable, respectful and flexible
  • Ability to self-organise and self-motivate
  • Full driving licence


  • Complying with the responsibilities of the principal designer under the CDM Regulations 2015
  • Informing and assisting clients in discharging their duties at each stage of the process under the CDM Regulations 2015
  • Establishing a record of principles and decisions taken in relation to health and safety in feasibility studies
  • Receiving strategic briefs and advising on the development of the project brief
  • Visiting sites and carrying out an initial appraisal to establish existing hazards and site restrictions
  • Advising and assisting clients in the appointment of designers and contractors
  • Reviewing implications of procurement methods in respect of CDM regulations
  • Carrying out design reviews with team members and co-ordinating health and safety matters
  • Ensuring that designers have established safe methods for construction of unusual or complex designs and making this available as part of the pre-construction information
  • Representing the company in a professional and diligent manner; meeting, negotiating and corresponding with clients to form strong working relationship
  • Generating new principal designer work


What are the main responsibilities of a Senior Principal Designer or CDM Advisor?

The main responsibilities include ensuring project compliance with health and safety legislation, capturing and sharing knowledge across projects, enhancing a culture of innovation, and reinforcing the company's reputation as a preferred service provider.

Are there any training and development opportunities available for this role?

Yes, our Glasgow office health and safety team offers training and development opportunities for high-calibre candidates who may not meet all the requirements outlined for the role.

What qualifications or experience are required for this position?

Candidates should have a strong background in construction health and safety, and experience working as a principal designer or CDM advisor. We will also consider candidates who are working towards meeting the requirements for the role.

What sets Currie & Brown apart as a preferred service provider?

Currie & Brown has a recognized reputation for providing exceptional health and safety services in the construction industry. Our team values innovation and knowledge sharing, and we strive to uphold the highest standards of compliance with health and safety legislation.

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Mission & Purpose

Currie & Brown is a world-leading provider of project management, cost management, and advisory services, covering the full range of public and private sectors. Our purpose is to add value that makes building a better future possible. We help clients navigate volatility and unpredictability, providing the certainty that enables better, more sustainable built environments for all.