Salary: from £26,000 – £27,306.60 (DOE & pay award pending) + 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). Hybrid working and home working allowed.

Contract Type: 1 year Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover)

Closing Date:  26th April 2024.


Are you fascinated by 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. The role of the GIS team is to ensure the smooth flow of spatial data through the fieldwork stage. We build systems, promote skills and provide resources to make this happen. The GIS Supervisor will play an integral part in implementing Headland’s GIS strategy across the business. Including providing Archaeological GIS support, outputs and training to the contracting field team and the rest of the company.


You will be self-driven with a positive outlook. You will have some experience in GIS drawing production work and capable of working on several projects at the same time, often with fast turnaround times. You will be a good team worker who learns quickly, can promote new ideas and new ways of working.


You will be responsible for supporting GIS project design and creating working drawings to support our contracting team, as well as processing and managing field survey data for post-excavation work. This includes the application of procedures; data security and processing; quality assurance and data presentation. You will be expected to work as part of a small team of skilled technical staff. Your work will be managed and supported by the Senior GIS Officer.


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


Key Responsibilities

Project Work

  • Help support the GIS team to produce project design and working drawings for the Contracting team
  • Processing survey and spatial data as required
  • Presenting Pre-Site Project Design Deliverables as required
  • Producing GIS deliverables
  • Carrying out GIS analysis tasks
  • Producing and submitting GIS archive submissions for field projects


Development and Support

  • Contributing to research and development into new or alternate GIS and data management methods and processes
  • Application of GIS and data management procedures, including GIS data security
  • Supporting other activities of the Technical Services department



  • Enabling easy access to GIS data for the Contracting team and others
  • Liaising with other GIS users in the department to ensure a smooth flow of data


Safety, Health, Environment and Quality

  • Following the GIS Lifecycle and support others


Essential Key Skills

  • Experience of producing high quality drawings quickly in GIS
  • Understanding of archaeological project design
  • Interest in British archaeology and a desire to acquire relevant knowledge
  • Some experience with GIS
  • Sound understanding of survey data processing, tidying and quality assurance
  • Managing GIS data effectively and ensuring it is safe and secure
  • GIS data presentation and dissemination, including assisting in access for multiple users
  • Use of Microsoft Office packages, particularly Excel


Desirable Skills

  • Python programming
  • Database management
  • Surveying experience
  • Photogrammetry
  • Illustration experience


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
  • 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 TSGS0324 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.