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Design Manager

Position Title: Design Manager
Location: Dallas

Position Title: Design Manager

Location: Dallas, TX preferred. Position also open to other Digital Realty US markets.  


Your role  

This individual will be responsible for implementing Digital Realty Design & Engineering Guidelines & Standards and will lead the design of multiple, concurrent projects. The incumbent will provide strategic and innovative thinking regarding the design and engineering of our data center development projects and manage challenging deliverables against aggressive project expectations (within budget and schedule objectives set for each project).

What you’ll do

  • Preparation of requests for proposals (RFPs) to A/E consultants and Commissioning Agents.
  • Evaluation of proposals and recommendations to management regarding vendor selection.
  • Direct and oversee Professional Consultants (Architects, Engineers) and Equipment Suppliers throughout the design process.
  • Typical projects include: Greenfield construction of shell, powered base buildings/office, and data center suites. Renovation projects including suite refreshes, equipment upgrades, end-of-life replacements.
  • Review and approve/deny consultant invoices.
  • Ensure adequate tracking of any DEG deviations throughout project.
  • Apply DLR Design & Engineering Guidelines / Standards to all projects to assure that standards are up to date with industry best practices and meet Company’s business objectives (emphasis on value-engineering).
  • Work with Delivery Team in the preparation and review of schedule/budgets and forecasts related to anticipated design and construction expenditures.
  • Review OFCI equipment submittals and make recommendations to Delivery and Procurement team.
  • Host page turn meetings, reviewing designs and providing feedback to the consultant team. Review Sequence of Operations, drawings, Basis of Design documents, commissioning plans and testing scripts.
  • For Build-to-Suit projects, act as the primary customer contact for the development of customized data center development projects. Liaise with internal stakeholders such as sales and business development team.
  • This will include leading the consultant team, preparing detailed development of work letters including program (scope), budget (emphasis on value-engineering) and schedule documents to support DLR leasing activities.
  • Draft and deliver presentations throughout project lifecycle to upper management in order to adhere to DLR gating process.
  • Develop and maintain vendor relationships (Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Consultants, etc) to provide cost-effective services for DLR projects.
  • Communicate status of projects to both internal and external stakeholders on an ad-hoc and formal basis.
  • Prepare monthly project reports regarding the budget, schedule and scope objectives of assigned projects through design process. Ensure smooth handoff of monthly reporting to delivery team.
  • Tour project sites during construction. Attend Level 4 and 5 commissioning activities.
  • Attend professional development events as a representative of DLR.
  • Participate in internal design team meetings to innovate and recommend new technologies or design concepts.

What you’ll need

  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline.
  • Professional License (AIA or PE/PEng) preferred.
  • Demonstrated project management experience of technically complex projects (typically 5-10 years of experience).
  • Direct design and/or commissioning experience (typically 5-10 years of experience).
  • Direct experience on past Digital Realty projects and knowledge of the DEG is preferred.
  • Ability to direct and manage internal and external resources.
  • Ability to understand and interpret design drawings, construction drawings, construction specifications, design and construction contracts, project schedules, and detailed budgets and estimate summaries.
  • Excellent understanding of advanced electrical, mechanical, security/monitoring, and fire detection/suppression systems.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of standard practices in the design and construction industry.
  • General knowledge of design and construction terms and principles and contracts.
  • Familiarity with basic building code requirements.
  • Computer literate in the use of MS Office software and AutoCAD.
  • Financial acumen to recommend, review and analyze budgets and estimates.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently with minimal oversight.
  • Strong relationship and interpersonal skills.

A bit about us  

Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx®) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 28 countries on six continents. 

To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

A bit about our Digital team 


Our Operations team keeps our customers’ infrastructure running safely and securely. We get plenty of opportunities to take on a variety of tasks and develop our technical skills. From overseeing electrical power to cooling and fire suppression systems, our team plays a vital role in making sure everything in our data centers operates as it should. 

What we can offer you 

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers.  

Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us.  

Our Compensation Philosophy

Digital Realty offers its employees a highly competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions. Central to our compensation philosophy is rewarding our employees for achieving the values and objectives aligned to the company's overall goals and values.


Our published pay ranges reflect the minimum and maximum target for new hire pay for the full-time position determined by role, level, and geographical location. Individual pay is based on additional factors including but not limited to job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and/or training. Moreover, an employee’s total compensation package varies by role and may include salary, cash bonus or commissions, and equity awards not quantified below.


Compensation range: $106,000 to $159,600. This compensation range represents the Company’s good faith belief as to what it will pay as an annual salary for this position at the time of this posting. 


Benefits: For this role, Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D insurance, 401k match, disability benefits, wellness and education benefits, paid time off, holidays, and more. 

This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. 

Digital Realty is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or Company policy. 

Digital Realty is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DLR) with investment grade ratings from all three major ratings agencies. 

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