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Fieldwork Manager

  Magnitude Surveys Ltd in Bradford
   £28,000 - £35,000
  Apply before: 31/10/2021
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Magnitude Surveys Ltd is a social enterprise and an independent provider of archaeological geophysics to the commercial, research and public outreach sectors. The company has grown into fielding seven full-time geophysical survey teams, with around 45 full-time staff members, having recently expanded into aerial surveys and non-heritage geophysical applications as well. We are planning for sustained growth in these sectors and now have opportunities arising for new positions created as part of a management expansion. Therefore, we are seeking an outgoing, self-motivated individual with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills who is keen to help shape the trajectory a vibrant, dynamic company.
Magnitude Surveys’ base is conveniently located near rail, motorway and air links in the young and vibrant Bradford-Leeds area, our teams regularly undertake surveys across the UK, as well as Europe and the Crown Dependencies.
A relocation or signing bonus will be considered for the successful candidate. Other benefits include:

  •  A company-wide profit-share scheme, operating on a quarterly basis.
  • The successful candidate will be automatically enrolled into the NEST workplace pension scheme with matched employer contributions of up to 6%.
  • The company offers a private healthcare scheme, which includes mental health and dental options. This scheme is offered on a medical history disregarded basis.
  • Flexible working and hybrid-working options will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Paid travel, accommodation and subsidence costs, if travel to site is required.
  • Stipends are available for conference attendance, training, and other professional activities.
  • Professional training and accreditation (e.g. CIfA memberships, CSCS membership) will be paid for.
  • Magnitude Surveys offers 28 days holiday including bank holidays, in addition to the paid company shutdown between Christmas and New Year.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • High quality PPE provided for relevant staff.
The Role

The Fieldwork Manager will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of pre-survey and fieldwork services, ensuring they are undertaken to a consistent and high-quality standard. The role will primarily entail managing a group of Project Officers, who are responsible for the day-to-day project elements from commission to completion. Therefore, a background in commercial archaeology project management and/or leading small teams (with client or stakeholder engagement) is essential, while a background in geophysical and/or remote sensing methodologies is desirable.   

Main Activities 

  • Manage a team of Projects Officers working on pre-survey and fieldwork elements of heritage and non-heritage geophysical surveys, as well as UAV surveys. 
  • Responsible for ensuring the Projects Team meets fieldwork budget targets. 
  • Contribute to the development of workplace systems and procedures. 
  • Staff development, including identifying training needs and coordinating its delivery to colleagues. 
  • Ensure uniformity in quality excellence for pre-survey and fieldwork services by the Projects Team (e.g. for WSI and RAMS production, client engagement, fieldwork elements).  
  • Provide advice on fieldwork planning to the Programme Manager and the sales team. 
  • Keep abreast of industry and regional standards and guidelines and ensuring that work is undertaking to these requirements. 
  • Undertake quality assessments of pre-survey and survey elements, which may include occasional site visits.  
  • Sign off on geophysical survey and remote sensing technical reports. 

Person Specification and Skill Requirements 

  • A geophysical and/or remote sensing background or experience is desired, but not essential. Greater weight will be given to individuals who have experience in project management and/or personnel management. 
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills and previous experiences of managing or mentoring individuals, preferably small teams. 
  • Previous experience of managing archaeology projects or elements of complex projects, preferably with client facing or stakeholder engagement.  
  • Understanding of project budgets and associated costs. 
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists at ACIfA or MCIfA grade is desirable. 
  • Full clean UK driving licence. 

Application Process

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 or 01274 926020.




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