Salary: from £27,430.00 – £28,808.47 (depending on experience) + generous benefits package

Hours: Full time, 37.5h/week

Locations: Based in Headland Midlands & West (Hereford), South & East (Silsoe), Scotland (Edinburgh) or Yorkshire & North (Cleckheaton

Contract Type: 12 month contract

Closing Date:  24th May 2024.


Are you fascinated in the past and looking for a career in commercial archaeology? Do you want to be part of big infrastructure schemes and work on interesting projects?


This is an excellent opportunity, if you are looking to expand your knowledge, improve your skills and be part of an excellent 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. With four offices in England and one in 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

Headland Archaeology work on a wide range of exciting archaeological projects of all scales throughout the UK. With the continued use and expansion of our paperless recording system we are strengthening our data team within Headland. We are seeking an individual who can support our data officers train, develop, and support our fieldwork team and delivery data quality assurance. You will be self-driven with a positive outlook and good understanding of British Archaeology. You will have an awareness of data management activities (paperless archaeological recording, photography, and project data management) across the company with assistance and supervision from our data officers.


You will help support the coordination of Headland’s data gathering activities under the supervision of our Data Officers and Senior Data Officer. These activities include training and support; equipment management and logistics; data security and processing; quality assurance and data presentation. You will be part of a small team of skilled technical staff, and you will provide hands-on support for our paperless recording system. There will be a mix of office and field-based work and you will be supported by our Data Officers, Senior Data Officer and overseen by the Technical Services Manager. You must be willing to travel as required to fulfil the requirements of the role. You will work closely with the Survey and GIS teams within the Technical Services team to help make sure out contracting data is to the highest possible standard.


In Headland we are proud of our people. We will support you to meet your goals and training you in specific archaeological and other skills to feel confident to succeed in your role. With a proactive Technical Services department, we are developing our systems and capabilities constantly.


Key Responsibilities

Project Work

  • Point of contact for smaller projects for data queries and support.
  • Support Data Officers in their role as designated support staff for larger projects.
  • Support smaller projects by engaging with the project teams and helping to ensure that the skills, resources, and support are in place to effectively gather, process and disseminate project data.
  • Preparation of primary data for post-ex analysis following departmental procedures.
  • Aiding in the preparation of digital archive for ADS
  • Set up of digital site services such as Site Diary


Development and Support

  • Delivering technical support
  • Seeking opportunities to maximise the value of our data
  • Supporting other activities of the Technical Services department



  • Serve as data steward for the contracting team
  • Collaborate with other Headland teams and departments as required
  • Communicate regularly and clearly with other members of your team and other stakeholders as required.


Safety, Health, Environment and Quality

  • Hands-on analysis of working processes and data flow, including monitoring small data sets for data quality and aiding data officers with larger data sets.
  • Ensure the Data Lifecycle is followed
  • Working safely on site, remotely and in the office



  • Aiding in the management of cameras and helping support IT with the paperless recording equipment fleet. This includes maintenance and deployment.


Essential Key Skills

  • Degree level education or higher in a relevant subject area
  • Enthusiasm for new ideas and improving existing processes
  • Interest in British archaeology and a desire to acquire relevant knowledge
  • Use of Microsoft Office packages, particularly Excel
  • Suitable technical skills or willingness to learn: Sound understanding of archaeological recording; data tidying and presentation. Technical support of tablets and other equipment on site.
  • Full valid UK driving licence and willingness to drive company vehicles
  • Willingness to travel and work on projects across the UK
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A desire to work with a team, develop and learn
  • Willing to embrace inclusion and diversity
  • Willingness to develop your people skills


Desirable Skills

  • Programming
  • Database management
  • Advanced Excel Knowledge
  • A Valid CSCS card
  • CiFA membership


Benefits we offer you:

  • Competitive paid subsistence when applicable
  • Paid accommodation when applicable
  • Use of cutting edge technology on site, e.g. paperless systems, iPads etc.
  • Ongoing regular training in various areas e.g. Health & Safety, Technical areas and Transferable skills
  • Time off in lieu for time worked above standard hours or overtime paid (including project travel time)
  • Annual profit discretionary bonus & performance-related bonus schemes
  • Monthly clothing allowance
  • 28 days annual leave, rising based on service length
  • Extra annual leave purchase scheme
  • 5%-6% employer contribution to pension scheme
  • Income Protection Policy, after a year with Headland
  • Life Assurance Policy, insuring you 4 times your annual salary, after a year with Headland
  • Regular performance, wellbeing & professional development check-ins
  • Referral scheme with generous fee
  • A support group of 30+ Mental Health First Aiders
  • Regular offers through RSK Group (e.g. Tastecard, Gym membership discount, Holidays and Entertainment)
  • Health support scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (advice on finance, mental health etc)
  • Paid CIfA membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Being part of RSK Group



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 TSGS0424 Postal applications will not be accepted. For queries regarding the role, email


Headland is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.