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Headland Archaeology is offering an excellent opportunity for experienced archaeologists to join our expanding consultancy team. This is a new role requiring a specific skillset drawing on field work experience to deliver a consultancy service to our infrastructure clients.
Why Should You Apply?
We are a privately-owned archaeological business, part of the RSK Group, a leader in integrated environmental, engineering, and technical services. We provide heritage services to the development and construction sectors in the UK and across the world.
The Headland Archaeology Consultancy Team prides itself on offering independent excellent technical advice to clients and colleagues rooted in years of experience in the sector. We tell clients what they need to know, rather than what they want to hear.
With offices in England and Scotland, we offer our employees:
- Unique knowledge and expertise. For more than 20 years, Headland has provided not only business-focused archaeology but also a people-focused business. We are highly respected within our industry for our achievements in innovation, tailor-made development coaching and training, and our expertise in commercial archaeology.
- Strong pioneering spirit. Our corporate culture is characterised by a healthy appetite for originality and development.
- Stable company with excellent growth. Over the years, we have demonstrated steady, positive economic development and formed successful partnerships.
- Good work environment. You will be working alongside colleagues who are pleasant, professional, and enthusiastic about their work.
- Opportunity to influence. You get to work in an open climate, close to decision makers and with the possibility of making a difference.
- Part of RSK group. You will have further opportunities to become involved in nationally and internationally prominent projects with exciting prospects for career development. The group has c.6000 employees with 120+ leading companies.
We are looking to appoint experienced archaeologists able to monitor site works to ensure that our infrastructure clients are compliant with their archaeological commitments.
The appointees will have a thorough understanding of archaeological practice in the UK and an appreciation of the legislative and planning policy framework within which commercial archaeology is undertaken. Applicants should have significant and demonstrable experience of preparing written schemes of investigation, managing archaeological field work, and liaising with clients, construction managers and ground works contractors.
We are looking for candidates who are effective communicators able to assess the quality of field work, understand rates of progress and provide clear, concise technical advice to clients, contractors and colleagues in verbal and written form.
You will work embedded on infrastructure projects working alongside other technical specialists. Key responsibilities will include:
- Liaising with colleagues and the client to ensure compliance with heritage requirements
- Quality and technical assurance of WSI, RAMS and summary reports
- Quality control on primary site records and processes
- Engaging with fieldwork contractors, engineers and earthworks contractors on site and at daily and weekly meetings
- Assisting in the management of programmes of archaeological fieldwork
- Liaising with key stakeholders including consultants, environmental managers, infrastructure clients, landowners, Local Planning Authority archaeological advisors, Historic England staff
- Preparing progress reports
You must have the following essential criteria:
- Confident and effective communicator
- Good knowledge of British Archaeology and how it is encountered during commercial construction operations
- Excellent knowledge of techniques of archaeological investigation, recording and post-excavation reporting
- Good understanding of programme and budgetary requirements
- Collaborative worker
- Able to build positive relationships with a wide range of disciplines and stakeholders
- Full UK driving license
- A degree in archaeology or related subject
- A minimum of 7+ years of experience in commercial archaeological practice in the UK
- Experience of preparing WSI, RAMS and site reports
- Ability to work on site in all weathers
- Willingness to travel to work on projects across the UK
- Up to date CSCS card (Academically Qualified Person or Professionally Qualified Person), or willingness to acquire one
- Ability to work under pressure and use your own initiative
- Embrace inclusion and diversity
- Willingness to develop your people skills and attend mental health awareness course
- Be passionate, motivated and excited about what you do!
You may have the following desirable criteria:
- CIfA membership at ACIfA level or above and/or IHBC membership.
- Substantial knowledge of a GIS package
- Have a sound understanding of the policy and legislative context for UK archaeology
- Substantial knowledge of MS Office & English language
- A thorough understanding of the health and safety requirements relevant to the role
Benefits we offer you:
- Relocation package for accommodation and expenses
- Paid subsistence
- Paid travel time when applicable
- Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g. Tastecard, Gym membership, Holidays and Entertainment)
- Time off in lieu or you will be paid for time worked above standard hours
- Annual discretionary bonus (subject to qualifying criteria)
- Performance-related bonus schemes
- Monthly clothing allowance
- 28 days annual leave, rising based on service length
- 5%-6% employer contribution to pension scheme
- Income Protection Policy, after a year with Headland
- Health support scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme (advice on finance, mental health etc)
- Paid CIfA membership, CSCS card
- Paid SSSTS card where it is required
- Leadership and management training and workshops
- Constant H&S training
- Cycle to work scheme
- Extra annual leave purchase scheme
How to apply
You must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of eligibility will be required prior to your commencement.
Send CV and covering letter to email@example.com quoting the job title Postal applications will not be accepted.
Informal inquiries concerning the role can be made to Andy Towle, Director (Consultancy)– tel: 07753895123.
Headland is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
COVID19: We have wide-ranging COVID-19 plans in place and are following all current official guidance on maintaining a safe working environment during COVID19. We are in constant communication with our clients to ensure all staff can continue to work and operate safely while travelling and working on site and/or in the offices.
All inductions include a comprehensive COVID19 brief, and all projects have a daily H&S COVID19 update.