Salary £40,093.63 – £49,119.30 depending on experience

Hours: Full time, 37.5h/week

Locations Headland South & East (Silsoe)

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date:  5pm on 30th June 2024.


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

We are looking for candidates who are self driven with a positive outlook and good understanding of British Archaeology. You will have experience of managing commercial field archaeology projects in Britain, will be able to sell our services to new clients and help develop existing commercial relationships. You will be a good team worker who can promote new ideas and new ways of working, and motivate your teams to deliver projects to programme and to budget.

The position will involve preparation of tenders and the running of both field and office-based projects. You will be expected to use your archaeological experience to advise clients and to support colleagues as projects progress.

As a commercial company there is plenty of scope to utilise existing skills, discover new ones and develop your strengths. You will encounter numerous opportunities for personal development and promotion. With a proactive post-excavation department we are producing a growing number of monographs and other peer reviewed publications every year; our dedicated training team (CIfA accredited) will help support your projects and RSK provides a wealth of opportunity to broaden the range and nature of the experience enjoyed by our staff.

You must have the following essential criteria:

  • A desire to lead, develop and learn
  • Detailed experience and understanding of UK commercial archaeology and planning legislation
  • Experience in the management of archaeological projects
  • Full clean UK driving licence and willingness to drive company vehicles
  • Willingness to travel and be responsible for managing projects across the UK
  • Degree level education or higher in a relevant subject
  • A demonstrable portfolio of reports
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Experience in the production of tenders and PQQs
  • Experience/understanding of project finances and reporting
  • Use of Microsoft Office packages
  • Ability to use own initiative to achieve targets

A current CSCS card, a publication track-record and CIfA membership are desirable criteria. Experience in change management is a plus.

Benefits we offer you:

  • Competitive paid subsistence 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, Commercial, Technical and Transferable skills
  • SMSTS training where required
  • Leadership and management training and workshops
  • Discretionary annual profit bonus & performance-related bonus schemes
  • Monthly clothing allowance
  • 33 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
  • 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


Your contractual place of work will be our office located in Silsoe, Bedfordshire and you will be expected to report there in person when required for inductions/training/meetings/briefings etc.


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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we may fill the vacancy before the closing date, so you are advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Send CV and covering letter to quoting reference PM0524. Postal applications will not be accepted. Informal inquiries concerning the role can be made to Luke Craddock-Bennett (

If you do not meet all the essential criteria we may still consider you for this position but please could you let us know your willingness to be considered for a Senior Archaeologist role, working towards this position.

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