C. I. Manager

Closing Date:

March 22, 2024

Job Type:

Full Time



Reports to:


Why Principle?

Principle specialises in helping our clients to create, shape, plan and implement their brand, corporate and visual identities around the world. 

We work across multiple different sectors, including retail, automotive, banking, healthcare, transportation and corporate office / workplace.

We are a global business and as such we work with our clients to run design programmes of activity, wherever they may be based, around the world.

Our in-house design management capability is a fundamental workstream of our Programme Management and Implementation infrastructure as well as being intrinsically linked to our creative design consultancy business. 

Purpose of the Role

This role is to work directly with an automotive client to support them with creating, developing, and articulating their corporate and visual identity standards across their wider business stakeholders in order to provide them with deliverable design solutions, and a consistent look and feel to their network of facilities. 

The role is UK based, but it will support a global rollout programme of work.

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the quality of the corporate and visual identity guidelines and how they are applied across all projects within the portfolio.
  • Ensures that the content and requirements of the corporate and visual identity guidelines are of a consistent quality.
  • Support the development of any updates to the corporate and visual identity manual.
  • Provide architectural guidance to all current and upcoming projects, so that all projects comply with the corporate and visual identity guidelines.
  • Support and guide on the design intent pack process and manage the approvals process.
  • Provide recommendations on architectural drawings and design schemes.
  • Leads the communications between the client requirements and the design teams in each work-stream.
  • Acts as the point of escalation for design decisions that are outside of the normal design guidance.
  • Makes suggestions for value engineering, or better design solutions that enables improvements in time, cost and quality of installations.
  • Develop and maintain a tracking system for the projects and drawings reviewed.
  • Support the training of all third-party architects in the core principles of the corporate and visual identity  concept to ensure consistent application globally.
  • Managing enquiries and responses to corporate and visual identity related questions and queries.
  • Provide guidance on the approval of facility plans and advise on potential variations from the standards.
  • Management of the local variation governance process.
  • Processing and uploading project documentation / drawing reviews to the portal.
  • Liaise with key regional and market stakeholders to provide support in the implementation of the programme.
  • Facilitate communication between the key design, supplier and dealer points of contact.
  • Oversee and support any product development with the approved supply chain.
  • Collate and review technical drawings from the supply chain.  
  • Manage compliance of facility plans, advising globally and locally where appropriate gateways and processes are not being followed.
  • Conduct or coordinate desktop compliance reviews, comprehensively reviewing sites and recording compliance data, making recommendations to the region for improvement.
  • Update and maintenance of data management portal, supporting the reporting process.
  • Obtain retailer facility cost from completed projects (where possible).
  • Collate and maintain information on CI costing elements (where possible).
  • Ensure collation of high-resolution photographs for each completed facility, ensuring they are shared and saved on the management information system.
  • Work on ad-hoc projects as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes - Essential:


  • Client focussed, with excellent client management skills.
  • Flexible approach.
  • Willing to travel, including outside of the UK as required.
  • Strong attention to detail with relevant experience preferable.
  • Excellent organisational skills, focused and the ability to multi-task, prioritise projects and meet deadlines in an ever changing, fast paced environment.


  • Proficient in design software, such as 2D AutoCAD, Photoshop, In Design, Sketch Up. 
  • Experience in commercial space planning.


  • 25 days’ holiday (inclusive of bank holidays).
  • Option of salary exchange for pension.
  • Able Futures - Mental Health Support Service
  • Friendly and welcoming atmosphere.


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