30+ days ago


Sacramento, CA



The Design Manager is a key member of the Critical Facilities Engineering and Design team and a significant contributor to the Design/Build/Operate effort. This role works closely with the Design Management Director to manage one or more data center design projects in collaboration with internal discipline leaders and cross-functional teams.

The Design Manager is responsible for overseeing design development, as well as the production of Construction Documents and specifications. This effort involves coordination between NTT GDC Americas experts and outside consultants including Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineers and Landscape Architects.

The Design Manager is also responsible for managing consultant contracts. Their duties will extend to non-technical or accounting tasks related to the delivery of the work.


Preparation and execution of Architectural and Engineering Consultant Agreements defining Scope of Work, Scope of Services and Fees based on Owner’s Project Requirements, design standards, and system specifications. 

Preparing scope of work, scope of services, and solicitations for services including Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals; evaluation of same and justification for selection.

Ensuring there is alignment and accountabilities between Owner’s requirements and Construction Documents provided to Construction and Supply Chain. Manage the quality and timeliness of the AE’s performance

Review and approval of consultant invoices.

Interaction with AHJs (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) for initial planning, requirements identification and approvals, and maintaining relations from the approval process through project completion.

Prepares monthly project specific design work plans, schedules, and budgets.

Effective daily management of the project design team (internal and external) and Equipment Suppliers to ensure the provision of required level of services in a pro-active and professional manner to enable other departments to fulfil their role.

Assign and manage workload of Consultants to ensure they do not get overwhelmed, which may lead to quality issues.

Ensure all potential/ongoing projects are properly documented, designed and priced per customer/lease requirements

Participation as Owner’s representative in OAC meetings; keeping all levels of internal stakeholders knowledgeable of design elements and changes; coordinating design presentations between Owner group and AE Consultants.

Contributes to the continuous development of program standards and specifications.

Provide guidance to all verticals regarding most efficient & best cost solutions.

Assist Product Team and Construction Team on pricing by providing equipment and design guidelines

As requested, assists with existing facilities’ capital and Tenant Improvement projects.

Develops design concepts for new projects based on Owner’s Project Requirements and the project business case.

Review appropriateness of design based on locality specifics, convention, local experience, climate, workforce, and existing standards

Responsible for ensuring that design standards are followed unless project conditions warrant deviations. If so, obtain consensus and document.

Be proactive in leading efforts to develop PRO/CON and cost impact reports and present to the team for consensus.

Presents design solutions to internal department representatives and/or Authorities Having Jurisdiction.

Coordinates Site/Project Due Diligence Studies.

Supervises and conducts QA/QC reviews of project documentation.

Controls expenditures within limitations of project budget and manage a Value Analysis process to manage scope to achieve project cost targets.

All aspects of the design should be overseen / approved by the appropriate team, especially when exceptions/changes are proposed.

Collaboration with Product Team, Sales/ Sales Engineering, and Operations as to product to build, options and timeline, and provide solutions to meet project goals. 

Collaborate when needed to discuss new process efficiencies and/or new products and/or datacenter configurations.

Oversee consultant strategy and review.

Provide design input and comments in team meetings and formulate solutions to allow the tenant’s needs to be satisfied within the building constraints.

In the case of specific customer requirements to interpret, explain, verify, coordinate, and implement the Basis of Design set forth by the customer such that they are 100% satisfied they are receiving what is requested.  Ensure this is 100% documented for reference.

All aspects of the design should be overseen / approved by the appropriate team, especially when exceptions/changes are proposed.


Knowledge of contractual and building regulation obligations.

Ability to understand and interpret design and construction drawings/specifications, project schedules, detailed budgets and estimate summaries.

In-depth knowledge of all aspects of a construction project, specifically data centers or equivalent industrial facilities with an emphasis on Mechanical, Electrical, Process, security/monitoring, and fire detection/suppression, and Control systems.  Experience with managing IT design projects are a plus.

Excellent coordination and project management skills.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Familiarity with Building Code in jurisdictions where NTT GDC AMERICAS is active, Federal Guidelines for Americans with Disabilities, and OSHA.

Strong interpersonal skills: ability to present ideas effectively, and to be able to evaluate the ideas of others in project meetings.

Experience in interfacing and coordinating intra-disciplinary departments to assess departmental needs and program requirements.

An understanding of design and construction budgets, and how to balance design requirements to the established budget.

Ability to develop creative and innovative solutions to reduce costs without sacrificing quality and reliability.

Ability to “defend” the design and know and articulate impact of deviations without just cause

Ability to develop and take new design concepts through detailed design, peer review, executive review, construction, and operation.

Thorough understanding of Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical design concepts.

Familiarization with AIA documents desired.

Proficient in MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Outlook, drafting software (ACAD and/or Revit).

Strong working acumen with CSA and MEP systems development; Architectural, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering education or experience is a plus.


Bachelor’s degree in Design, Architecture, Engineering or related field or equivalent education and /or relevant experience required. 

Professional licenses or certifications are desirable, but not required.

Minimum 5 years of experience working in data centers or other specialized experience in Critical Facilities or other technically sophisticated project types.

Experience with leading using interactive design tools (e.g. BIM) and delivery methods (IPD) are a plus.

Direct experience with new construction, tenant improvements and capital improvement projects.

Demonstrated Project Management capabilities; PMP or PgMP is a Plus

Experience with consultant negotiation and management.

Prior experience leading project teams and coordinating multiple and diverse stakeholder requirements.

Experience with Revit and/or other BIM applications.