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Geophysical Project Officers are responsible for managing the lifecycle of geophysical survey projects from commissioning, to reporting. Jobs range from less than a hectare, to in excess of 1000ha in size. Survey types include magnetometry, electromagnetics, ground penetrating radar & others for both heritage and non-heritage purposes.
Geophysical Project Officers report to their Line Manager and the Programme Manager.
Typical duties will include:
- Responsible for delivering projects within budget and within agreed timescales, acting as a main point of contact for clients, once projects are commissioned.
- Managing multiple projects simultaneously at various stages of the project lifecycle.
- Overseeing project set-up tasks such as RAMS/WSI production, liaising with clients, contacting landowners or land access teams to arrange access, booking appropriate accommodation.
- Assessing individual project survey schedules to fit within the wider Projects Team schedule.
- Managing field teams and ensuring fieldwork is undertaken to a high standard, as well as providing updates to the client.
- Managing report authors and ensuring reports are written to a high standard, keeping the client updated with progress when required.
- Providing Quality Assurance for geophysical survey data, site documents and reports to high technical and written standards.
- Ensuring project metrics are kept accurate and up to date within company software.
- Responsible for archiving data/reports, following any specific requirements where necessary.
- General office tasks such as report writing, interpretation, but with a focus on QA and training junior members of staff.
- Limited fieldwork ad hoc, if required, for specialist projects. Fieldwork also encompasses community and research projects.
- Input into the direction of new survey strategies and company trajectory.
Person and Skill Requirements:
- Capable of assessing the quality of geophysical data for archaeological & near surface applications. Experience in QA of other remote sensing and land surveying methods is desirable, but not essential. Training will be provided as necessary.
- Good, written scientific English language skills are essential.
- Proficiency in GIS, Microsoft Office & Windows environments are essential. Familiarity with Unix, ReflexW & Geoplot are desirable.
- Efficient time management and effective task prioritisation, with the ability to work under pressure and adapt to changeable situations.
- Confident communicating with clients, both over the phone via email and during site visits.
- Since the nature of geophysical survey projects means we can work on sites for periods ranging from less than a day, to months at time, the ability to cope with the variability of projects of different scales, natures, and complexities is imperative.
- CIfA membership and a current CSCS card are desirable, but not essential. Magnitude Surveys will support the successful candidate in obtaining both CIfA membership and a CSCS card if they do not have one. The ideal candidate would have an MSc in archaeological prospection or similar qualifications.
- Full Driving Licence is required. Experience driving large vans & off road vehicles is desirable.
- Eligible to work in the UK
The Company and Benefits
Magnitude Surveys is seeking a driven, self-motivated individual who is looking to expand their technical skills and creative abilities as part of one of the UK’s largest independent providers of near-surface geophysical surveys. Magnitude Surveys is a social enterprise and independent provider of near-surface geophysics to the community, public outreach and commercial sectors.
- Employee perks package, including discounts at major retailers.
- Private health insurance scheme including EAP.
- Companywide performance-based bonus scheme.
- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Travel to site, accommodation and subsistence are paid for while working away from the office. Full PPE is provided with a particular emphasis on it being fit for purpose.
- Magnitude Surveys encourages and supports the professional development of its staff by funding conference attendance and presentation, as well as training workshops.
- The successful candidate will be automatically enrolled into the NEST workplace pension scheme with matched employer contributions of up to 6%. Magnitude Surveys offers 28 days holiday including bank holidays, in addition to three annual shutdown days in December.
Applicants should submit a covering letter and CV through our website.
Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams.
Applications through employment agencies or those not submitted through the website will not be accepted.
For further information about the position, please contact Finnegan Pope-Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01274 926020.