Job Opening: Design Project Manager

Role: Design Project Manager

Reporting to: Head of Design
Salary: Negotiable based on experience.
Experience: 5+ years of professional experience.
Employment Type: Full-time employment, three months probation.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

BuildX is a gender-lens design-build-develop B Corporation working towards a world where all buildings are radically better: buildings that are net-zero carbon, more equitably designed, and enhance the quality of life and wellbeing.

The Role
As a Design Project Manager, you are a key part of our Design Team. You are responsible for the smooth project management of all design projects through meticulous administration and organisation of project management documents. You also collaborate with other departments as necessary, including innovation and impact, actively contributing to the overall social and environmental mission.

Your role will be focused on project management administration, project leads retain full accountability.

How we Design
Our approach is rooted in human-centred and sustainable design principles, from project inception through to construction. It starts with listening intently and getting to know the people and the place we’re designing for. Without this knowledge, we wouldn’t know what to design, how it should work, or why it matters.

From there we design, build, test, and innovate until we get it right, bringing our unique design-build model to life. Unlike other architecture, engineering or construction firms, we have all professions working side-by-side from the very beginning. We design with the detailed insight of experienced builders and we build with the careful precision of designers.

We’re looking for innovators, systems thinkers and problem-solving talents. We want to hear from people inspired and driven to change the world.

Core Competencies
There are some key skills and qualities that are a must-have for this role: 

1. Leadership and project management experience and skills, including leading a team of designers and engineers; 

2. Resourceful, independent, and proactive worker, able to perform to an exceptionally high standard under pressure. 

3. Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills, including working with others from different cultural backgrounds; 

4. Pro-active and clear communicator, establishing solid and regular communication lines with project leads, Head of Design and other team members; 

5. Details-oriented, well-organised, collaborative and proactive in completing work accurately and meeting deadlines; 

6. Strong English-language communication skills, both spoken and written; 

7. An analytical mind with excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills; 

8. Passionate about social/environmental impact, and empowering women in construction.

Standing Out
In addition to the above, we’ll get very excited by candidates with expertise and experience in; 

• Green Buildings – knowledge in the project management of sustainable and green design; 

• Experience in planning, coordinating and implementing design projects.

Other Criteria
You will have a background and a strong interest in and understanding of design & construction. You’ll probably have a degree and we’ll certainly look at it, however, experience and a point of difference is what matters most to us. As a guide, however, we expect candidates to have at least 5 years of relevant experience

Diversity, equity and inclusion are of the greatest importance to us. At BuildX we celebrate our diverse team and welcome all applicants warmly.

Our Commitment to You
BuildX Studio is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We do not discriminate, and we recognise and embrace that people work in different ways. Join us and you will find yourself in an environment where innovation, inspiration and creativity are second nature. You will be surrounded by industry leaders and curious, ambitious colleagues – working together to develop the business in line with ever-changing end-user needs.

Please send your CV, cover letter and portfolio if relevant to In addition to outlining your relevant expertise and experience, please also tell us why you want to work at BuildX Studio.