Salary: from £33,769.52 – £35,979.88 (depending on experience) + generous benefits package

Hours: Full time, 37.5h/week

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

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date:  27th May 5pm


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. The role of the survey team is to ensure the smooth flow of spatial data through the company from data capture to Archive. We build systems, promote skills, and provide resources to make this happen. The Senior Survey Officer will play an integral part in implementing and developing Headland’s survey strategy.


You will lead and support our highly skilled survey team and coordinate and communicate with the field team to deliver a consistently high quality of work for the company.

You would be working within the technical services team which has been developing and growing since 2021 and consists of the survey team, the GIS team and the data team. Its expansion has proved to be a vital success in Headland’s goals towards innovative and technological advances within archaeology.


You will be self-driven with a positive outlook and good understanding of British Archaeology. You will be experienced in site surveying in archaeology and capable of overseeing surveying across the company. You will be experienced in managing the performance and morale of specialist teams and will be encouraged to build and communicate the support and resources you require to meet your targets.


You will be supported to coordinate Headland’s surveying activities by the Technical Services Manager. This includes the development and application of procedures; training and support; fleet management and logistics; data security and processing; quality assurance and data presentation; sales and management support; research and promotion. You will be expected to support on site teams and provide hands-on site support where advanced recording techniques are required. There will be a mix of office and field-based work and you will be expected to manage your own schedule and activities. You must be willing to travel as required to fulfil the requirements of the role.


As a proactive Technical Services department, we are always striving to pioneer survey, GIS and data technologies, to provide efficient services and to have clear structures and guidance. There is plenty of scope to use existing skills, discover new ones and develop your strengths. You will encounter numerous opportunities for personal development and promotion. 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.


Key Responsibilities

Project Work

  • Ensuring survey data is secure, and regularly transferred between sites and offices
  • Ensuring survey data is processed, checked and made ready for its intended purpose
  • Overseeing the presentation of survey data to ensure they meet the requirements of the Contracting division
  • Carrying out specialist survey work
  • Carrying out routine survey work where necessary


Development and Support

  • Supporting sales and project management with contributions to tenders and guidance on survey issues
  • Research and development into new or alternate survey methods and processes
  • Development and application of surveying procedures
  • Development and delivery of survey training
  • Delivering survey technical support
  • Contributing to departmental KPIs and other long-term goals



  • Consultation with stakeholders
  • Developing survey skills and awareness across our contracting team
  • Promotion of Headland’s survey work as appropriate
  • Managing a team of specialist surveyors
  • Supporting the other activities of the department


Safety, Health, Environment and Quality

  • Responding quickly to survey data quality issues with feedback and other suitable measures
  • Follow and develop the Survey and GIS lifecycle



  • Managing our survey equipment fleet, including hire equipment. This includes maintenance, scheduling and logistics


Essential Key Skills

  • Substantial GPS and total station surveying experience
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical survey issues and challenging working conditions
  • Survey data processing using appropriate software
  • Survey data presentation using GIS software
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office packages, particularly Excel
  • Clear, friendly communication in person, phone, email or messaging
  • Full clean UK driving licence


Desirable Skills

  • Programming
  • Laser Scanning Experience
  • Photogrammetry Experience
  • 3D modelling Experience
  • Drone 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 TSSS0524 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.