Salary: from £28,200 – £32,940 depending on experience and level of expertise)

Hours: Full time, 37.5h/week – we are open to discussion on flexible working including part-time hours

Locations: Headland Archaeology and RSK Group office locations where we have established heritage teams, for example Hereford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Silsoe, Helsby.

Contract Type: Permanent, subject to 6-month probation period

Closing Date: 5pm on 29th of September 2023. Headland Archaeology reserve the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate before this point: please apply ASAP.


Headland Archaeology is offering an excellent opportunity for a heritage consultant to join our expanding team.   


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 UK and across the world.


The Headland Archaeology Consultancy Team prides itself on offering independent, excellent technical advice to clients and colleagues which is 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 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 surrounded by 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.12000 employees and c.200 environmentally lead companies.



The Role

We are looking to appoint an archaeological and/or built heritage consultant with experience in the preparation of technical documents supporting clients in addressing heritage constraints.


The appointee will have an understanding of the legislative and planning policy framework within which commercial archaeology is undertaken in the UK.


Applicants should have demonstrable experience of contributing to site reports, archaeological desk-based assessments, environmental impact assessments and/or built heritage statements and written schemes of investigation.


We are looking for a candidate (preferably one of the grades of CIfA/IHBC membership) to liaise with clients, work with statutory consultees, assess impacts on the historic environment, oversee archaeological sub-contractors and prepare technical advice. The level of responsibility will reflect the successful applicant’s skills and experience. We provide training and opportunities to develop to help facilitate colleagues’ growth into the role.


You will work on projects and with colleagues from across the RSK Group. Key responsibilities (which will be supported and supervised) will include:


  • Baseline data collection (from archives, site walk-over survey etc)
  • Contribute to or preparation of technical documents (risk appraisals, DBA, WSI, EIA chapters)
  • Contribute to fee proposals for review with the support of senior colleagues.
  • Liaise with clients, consultees and oversee contractors
  • Develop commercial awareness
  • Help senior colleagues to manage project finances.
  • Manage their own time whilst working across several projects


You must have the following essential criteria:

  • Have an understanding of the policy and legislative context for UK archaeological practice.
  • A degree in archaeology or related subject
  • Experience in archaeological consultancy or commercial field work (2+ years)
  • Experience of report writing, preferably preparing DBAs and/or built heritage statements or evaluation reports
  • Full driving licence and be able and willing to drive company vehicles in the UK
  • Able and willing to carry out walk-over surveys in an outdoor environment in all weathers
  • Willingness to travel to work on projects across the UK
  • Be prepared to join CIfA
  • Up to date CSCS card (Academically Qualified Person or Professionally Qualified Person), or being willing and able to acquire one
  • An understanding of the health and safety requirements relevant to the role
  • Good organisational & communication skills
  • 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 courses.
  • Substantial knowledge of MS Office & written/spoken English language
  • Be passionate, motivated and excited about what you do!


You may meet the following desirable criteria:

  • CIfA membership at PCIfA or ACIfA level and/or Affiliate IHBC membership.
  • Be able to relate research themes in British archaeology to projects
  • Substantial knowledge of a GIS package
  • 5+ years’ experience in commercial archaeology
  • Post graduate qualification
  • Publication record
  • EIA experience


Benefits we offer you:

  • Relocation package if eligible
  • Paid subsistence
  • Discretionary annual profit bonus & performance-related bonus schemes (Terms and conditions apply)
  • 33 days annual leave, rising based on service length (including public holidays)
  • 5%-6% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • Income Protection Policy, after a year with Headland
  • Referral Scheme
  • 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
  • Regular H&S training
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Extra annual leave purchase scheme
  • Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g. Tastecard, Gym membership, Holidays and Entertainment)



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 quoting reference ARCO082023 and copied to 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.