As Senior Consultant (Built Heritage) you will be responsible for the management and delivery of development projects in respect of built heritage and setting. The role is key to our heritage team’s development and will require the combination of high level technical expertise and knowledge of archaeology and heritage with commercial and business acumen.
As a Senior Consultant you will have expert technical knowledge of historic buildings, an understanding of and relevant legislation and planning policy, and in particular best practice and guidance on the assessment of the setting of heritage assets. You will be expected to manage challenging projects from planning and other consent applications in respect of built heritage, and deliver for EIAs and bespoke strategies and works for developments and infrastructure. Much of your work will need to be able to withstand the test of public inquiry. Preferably, you will have a specialism, skill or area of knowledge that contributes to the development of the team and our wider business. Working together with the heritage team you will contribute to the strategic development of our heritage services.
You will be highly motived with a conscientious and efficient approach to work. Not only will you have a track record of successful project delivery, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with a range of clients and peers, you will have the drive and imagination to identify and pursue business development and marketing opportunities. We are looking for someone who could potentially lead and grow the built heritage team.
- Management of heritage statements / historic building assessments, setting studies, walkover surveys, and ES chapters covering built heritage and setting.
- Management of subcontractors engaged in archaeological building recording (Historic England survey levels 1 to 4)
- Line management
- Business development skills including proposal writing and client management.
- All employees shall familiarise themselves with our health and safety arrangements and guidance relevant to themselves and their activities and shall meet any specific duties for their role as detailed within GNHS020 – Competencies, Roles and Responsibilities. This document is available to all employees through our company intranet and is accessible from your first day with the company
- BA/BSc Degree in Archaeology, History, building surveying or relevant subject
- Relevant postgraduate qualification
- Associate/Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (MCIfA)
- Member of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
- Member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
- Professional report writing
- Extensive experience of historic building research and recording (eg desk-based assessment, heritage statements) including assessments of setting
- Some experience in project management (project, financial and staff management)
- Competitive tendering
- Technical report quality assurance
- Stakeholder and client liaison
- Archaeological standing building recording
- Conservation management
- Demonstrable experience of playing a key role in the development of heritage services
Knowledge and Skills
- Good technical knowledge of historic buildings, in particular the vernacular buildings and timber-framed buildings etc. and historic landscapes, including designed landscapes
- Understanding of Historic England guidance on the setting of heritage assets, and of guidance on assessing the impact of Tall Buildings
- Understanding of the planning process in respect of cultural heritage
- Full knowledge of the planning process (including EIA) and fully conversant with the relevant environmental / heritage legislation and guidance
- Working familiarity of Microsoft Word
- Computer literate: able to pick up complex computer programmes (eg ArcGIS)
- Full Drivers’ Licence
- Strong technical knowledge and skills within a particular area of expertise
- Use of ArcGIS
- Excellent writing skills
- Good communicator and team player
- Highly motivated
- Conscientious and efficient approach to work
- Able to meet deadlines and budget within a busy consultancy environment
Please ensure that you include a statement of how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria above in your application, along with your CV and covering letter. Please email this to Rachel.Finn@wsp.com
Candidates that are short listed for interview will be given a 60-minute written exercise to determine writing skills and knowledge of the built environment.