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Senior Archaeologist

  RSK Group plc in UK Wide
   Competitive Salary plus Benefits (BAJR Approved)
  Apply before: 28/05/2017
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
  01928 728156
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RSK Environment Ltd, a member of RSK Group plc, is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. RSK’s Archaeology Team provides a comprehensive range of historic environment services throughout the UK and abroad. We undertake archaeological research and investigations, providing advice to our clients across a range of energy, residential, commercial and public sectors, and make judgements which shape the future of the past.
RSK Environment Ltd is seeking to recruit a Senior Archaeologist to its expanding archaeology team, to operate out of our Manchester, Hemel Hempstead, Bristol, Oxford or Helsby offices.

Senior Archaeologist
We would expect you:

  • to be enthusiastic about the historic environment
  • to be able to make good archaeological judgements
  • to be an excellent communicator with colleagues, clients, statutory consultees and members of the public to help build our business
  • to have an in-depth understanding the regulatory context within which commercial archaeology is undertaken
  • Have a willingness and ability to learn new skills to carry out the role effectively
  • To have a well-developed understanding of commercial environment in which we operate
This position will be office-based, but will involve archive research, client meetings and site visits. The successful applicant will be expected to travel to sites across the UK.
Key Tasks:
  • A Senior Archaeologist is responsible for managing projects and assisting RSK colleagues as directed by their line manager:
  • A Senior Archaeologist will have responsibility for helping to develop new business, preparing fee proposals, initiating projects, managing budgets and seeing projects through from inception to a successful conclusion;
  • to manage and supervise project staff and subcontractors;
  • to identify key sources and collect historic environment data for the preparation of desk based assessments;
  • to prepare technical documentation, such as desk based assessments, Environmental Impact Assessment chapters;
  • written schemes of investigation, technical advice for colleagues and clients;
  • to be able to use Microsoft Office and GIS software to assemble and interrogate digital information; and
  • Liaise with local authority curators, clients, archaeological contractors and members of the public in the course of their work.
 Skills and experience
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional archaeological experience, including at least three years at a consultant or project officer/senior project officer level (in fieldwork, consultancy or curatorial role, or combination thereof);
  • To be able to demonstrate experience of costing up archaeological work and managing projects to a profitable conclusion;
  • Track record in communicating effectively with archaeological curators and clients (essential);
  • Track record in communicating effectively with members of the public (desirable);
  • Ability to recognise archaeological features, historic structures and historic landscapes in the rural and urban landscape;
  • To understand archaeological data collection methods;
  • Willingness to manage or mentor more junior members of staff as required;
  • Able to define and justify the attribution of significance of assets in the historic environment and assess development impacts;
  • Understanding/experience of:
    • Historic Environment legislation
    • Report writing- ability to produce clear written text is essential
    • Making judgements and selecting appropriate mitigation measures
    • Negotiating with both client and curatorial bodies
  • To have an area of interest/specialism within the historic environment to reinforce/supplement those within the existing team (desirable);
  • Experience of preparing Heritage Statements and desk-based assessments (essential), Environmental Statement chapters on the Historic Environment (desirable), and public inquiry/expert witness testimony (desirable);
  • Basic skills in GIS – knowledge and experience of using ArchGIS would be desirable;
  • The ability to work well within a team;
  • Full UK Driving Licence (essential).
  • Degree in Archaeology, or related subject and/or additional post graduate/masters qualification in the historic environment or applied methods;
  • Corporate membership of the professional body (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists): to be a Member or an Associate working towards Member Membership of IHBC would be considered as a suitable alternative.
Salary and benefits:
  • Competitive salary based on experience (i.e. £29,000+ per annum)
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays, childcare vouchers and private health care
  • Regular training and career development
  • CIfA subscriptions paid by RSK
We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all.

As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track.

Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential. Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2015) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter.

For more information please call Kate Pine, HR Advisor on 01928 728156 or email

RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work; and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

If you would like an informal discussion of the role, feel free to contact the RSK archaeology team Leader, Andy Towle ( 07753 895 123)
The deadline for applications is May 28th 2017.
RSK Group plc is an Equal Opportunities Employer.




Please quote BAJR in your application.

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