Senior Training Officer – great opportunities, amazing team, creativity & innovation

Location: Based at one of our offices (Edinburgh, Leeds, Luton, Hereford), will require travel around the UK

Closing Date: 7 May 2024

Salary range: £28,808.00 – £31,313.00 depending on experience.

Contract Type: Full-time, permanent.

Job ref: LDSTO


Passionate about developing and delivering high-quality training to diverse audiences? Committed to developing innovative and engaging learning programs which make a real difference to people’s practice? Headland Archaeology is looking for an enthusiastic, creative and experienced learning and development practitioner to join our 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.
  • Learning and Development. We have been awarded for our Modular Training Scheme and Headland L&D became a finalist in the archaeological achievement awards in 2021, we participate in forums, succeed in partnerships and we are known for the great care we take with clients and employees alike.


The Role

The Senior L&D Training Officer role offers a unique opportunity to be part of our training & learning strategy and have an impact on commercial archaeology in the UK. You will ideally have experience in commercial archaeology, and you are confident to build relationships on all levels across the company.


The post will involve being part of a small team planning and delivering training throughout the company. With one direct report the Senior Training Officer will support the L&D and Wellbeing Manager in continuing to develop a learning culture and creating innovative training materials, and then delivering them to teams either through classroom, online or eLearning. This would be an excellent opportunity for an experienced heritage professional with previous teaching/training experience.


  • We offer annual profit-related bonus & performance-related bonus schemes
  • We also offer paid travel time and time off in lieu for time worked above standard hours.
  • Opportunity to travel as part of your role
  • Health support scheme


Key Responsibilities

  • Work in line with the full training cycle to include evaluation
  • Undertake training needs analysis as required and undertake feedback and assessment of project training requirements
  • Lead the strategy for providing measurable fieldwork learning development and support
  • Deliver Headland training module training to employees on-site or off-site
  • Lead the process consistent stakeholder leading and delivery
  • Assesses training competencies as required.
  • Create and or maintain training manuals as required to support specialist skills
  • Create learning content using a variety of L&D media to include eLearning
  • Produce training reports as directed
  • Responsible for training officer(s)
  • Undertake other tasks appropriate to your skills and knowledge


Essential Key Skills

  • Experience in British commercial archaeology
  • Previous experience in a teaching or training environment in similar role
  • Self-motivated and organised
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to travel regularly, undertake periods of away working
  • A clean driving license
  • Passionate about learning and development of our employees
  • Comfortable and proficient in public speaking
  • Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite
  • Professional membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)


Desirable Skills

  • Membership of the Chartered Institute Personal and development (CIPD)
  • Degree-level education
  • Level 3 First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Mental Health


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


We want Learning & Development to be part of everything we do. Do you share our vision? If the answer is YES, then send your CV and a covering letter by email quoting reference LDSTO to If you want to discuss the role further, contact Ian Henry at