Associate Architect - Head of Department

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    £45,000 - £50,000 5% Bonus, Good Pension, Extra Holidays, Healthcare...

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    Matt Kirk

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    7 months ago

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    Matt Kirk

If you could skip a few steps in your career and actually be the head of a ready-made Architectural department tomorrow, that comes complete with clients, a team and everything would you go for it?

You'll still have one or two steps to climb if you want to be a partner, but it's on the near horizon, and you're not competing with anyone to get there. 

The first few months you'll be taking over the team, the clients and projects slowly from the current (retiring) Head of Architecture. They will then drop down to one or two days a week for the next 6 - 12 months while you find your feet. They will be there to lend a hand and offer advice as and when needed, but it's your gaff from here on in. 

You'll design everything and have the final say on all output from the office. You don't need to be a genius when it comes to the conceptual stages, but you'll be the person doing it day in day out. They're looking for that person who can be a realist, understands construction and can put together a pragmatic scheme, that is commercial, but also attractive. 

The team is currently four people and the turnover of the team is around £750k, it's part of a larger multidisciplinary business that does closer to £20m in turnover. So it's not a crazy scary beast to manage right now, something a dynamic Architectural Professional would look to grow. When you do grow by around 20% you'll have that partnership conversation. Right now you may not know your promotion criteria. Does it say something about this organisation that you know the promotion criteria for this job already and you don't work there?

It'll help if you've worked on a housing scheme or two in the past, but that's not the only consideration and not the only sector they work in. The winning of new business tends to be done through frameworks and personal connections, these are already in place, so not something you need to worry about. The workflow will increase while you're in the job and the team will grow organically around you, you'll be doing the resource management and recruitment, you'll have access to your own P&L, it's yours to manage so all decisions really will be in your own hands. 

When it comes to money, it's up to £50k for starters. You'll also get a decent employer pension contribution, more holidays than standard, a 5% bonus (£2500 if you're not good at maths) when the company makes a profit, early finishes before bank holidays, Private Healthcare and more. 

On-site parking in South Manchester (Stretford) might help you with that commute. You're not expected to work crazy hours here, that's not the culture. 90% of Architectural professionals would not only see a pay rise, a package increase and better prospects, but their lifestyle would improve too. 

If you can manage teams, think that with assistance you can brush up on the business of managing what is essentially a small practice in a larger multi-disciplinary business, look after existing clients (feel free to try and win more if you want, it'll only increase your earnings), do the concept on a range of schemes and you've got the ambition to aim for the next step, then there's no reason you shouldn't set this opportunity in your sights and get in touch.