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Senior Archaeological Consultant

  ATKINS in Birmingham
   Competitive - (BAJR Approved)
  Apply before: 10/02/2021
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the environment. We have a strong Equality, Diversity and Inclusion ethos.

Based in London, Bristol, Birmingham, York and Glasgow, our Heritage team includes heritage managers, archaeologists, historic built environment and landscape specialists who provide expert advice and planning services on projects throughout the world.  We work on behalf of a wide range of clients, ranging from national governments, statutory agencies and local authorities, to charitable trusts, private developers and individuals, often drawing on our design, engineering, sustainability, ecology and other colleagues to provide a comprehensive range of services.  We have led the heritage work for projects of all sizes, and have worked on some of the highest profile projects, such as the London 2012 Olympics, HS2, and Thames Tideway, as well as major development schemes and complex flood defence projects, as well as smaller schemes of all types. We have a growing reputation for innovation and imaginative engagement, particularly on large infrastructure programmes.

We are looking for a Senior Archaeological Consultant to join our team in Birmingham, to help deliver our projects throughout the Midlands and beyond. The role is ideal for someone who has strong technical archaeological capabilities including the management of archaeological fieldwork and the provision of expert advice on archaeology in the planning process.  The right candidate will be innovative and imaginative in their approach  - we are not just looking for someone to join our team, but an individual to help drive its growth, innovative approach and the technical expertise we are known for.

From the outset, this role will require the successful candidate to hit the ground running, providing support to one of our archaeological managers in the delivery of archaeological mitigation works on a major infrastructure scheme, as an Archaeological Clerk of Works.  Based in the client’s office in Milton Keynes 3-4 days a week for approximately the first six months, this role will involve collaborating with the client, managing and monitoring archaeological subcontractors, key stakeholders and other discipline specialists to ensure the successful delivery of archaeological investigations on the East West Rail project.

Applicants with a strong background in archaeology, fieldwork delivery and the management of archaeological contractors would be welcomed. If you enjoy working on a diverse range of projects, being part of a multi-disciplinary team within a large organisation, and delivering cutting edge work on exciting projects, then we would be interested to hear from you.

Job responsibilities:

  • Planning and programming the management of delivery of archaeological evaluation and mitigation on EWR, including geophysical survey, building recording, trial trench evaluation and mitigation;
  • Managing delivery of archaeological fieldwork to ensure that deliverables meet our requirements of quality, time and cost;
  • Managing relationships with the main contractor, designers, and other key stakeholders and advisors on EWR;
  • Ensuring quality production of health and safety documentation, including Work Package Plans, Task Brief Sheets, and archaeological risk assessments;
  • Providing expert archaeological and heritage advice to a range of clients and internal teams on a diverse range of projects;
  • Leading, preparing and contributing to environmental statements, heritage statements, desk-based assessments, written schemes of investigation, and consent applications;
  • Management of medium to large scale projects to ensure they are delivered on time and budget;
  • Design, negotiation, management and delivery of archaeological fieldwork strategies;
  • Contribution of key technical expertise and knowledge to the team in order to maintain and improve the quality of our work and the expertise of our people;
  • Sourcing new opportunities and providing technical contribution to winning tenders. 

Experience and skills requirements


Relevant Masters level or higher qualification in archaeology or heritage management or considerable experience akin to this level of qualification.


  • Strong background in archaeology and the historic environment, reporting, and project management;
  • Good working knowledge of the planning process (including EIA) and relevant environmental / heritage legislation and guidance;
  • Experience of delivering environmental impact assessments and supporting programmes for complex infrastructure and / or major development schemes;
  • Robust knowledge of UK archaeology and history;
  • Willingness to work from the EWR Alliance office in Milton Keynes as fits project requirements, as well as from Atkins’ Birmingham office;
  • Experience in a commercial consultancy environment;
  • Full, clean, UK driving licence; and
  • Health and Safety awareness and experience of H&S on projects


  • Full or Associate Member of the Institute for Archaeologists;
  • Experience in a commercial consultancy environment;
  • Experience of delivering environmental impact assessments;
  • Technical or specialist subject expert;
  • Local knowledge of the history and archaeology of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire;
  • CSCS accreditation
  • Commercial skills and experience;
  • Good working knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office packages and GIS.

The Individual

  • The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate the following:
  • Strong technical knowledge and skills;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Capable of working under pressure with the ability to meet critical deadlines;
  • Innovation in approach to archaeological and heritage matters;
  • Willingness to learn and develop and to mentor others.

If you enjoy working on a diverse range of projects and being part of a multi-disciplinary team within a large organisation, then we would be interested to hear from you.

What we offer

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to conventional full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements. As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, where project commitments allow, Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office. 


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you perform to the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving Chartership via relevant institutions.




Rewards and Benefits

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package .

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.




Please quote BAJR in your application.

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