Location: Salisbury, Bristol, Sheffield
Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in the UK and is a registered Charity which aims to promote the advancement of education through the process of archaeology within its wider heritage and environmental context. We have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol, Edinburgh and Welshpool. A relocation package, where appropriate, can be made available to the successful candidate.
Due to the continued success of our Consultancy and Built Heritage Team, Wessex Archaeology is looking for an inspirational, dynamic, highly motivated and thoroughly experienced heritage professional to build on the successes and provide leadership in the future development of the Team.
The post of Consultancy Director is a senior position which holds responsibility for the delivery of all consultancy and built heritage projects across the company and reports directly to the Executive Management Team through the Chief Operating Officer. The Consultancy Director will work with the Senior Management Team to promote the advancement of Heritage Consultancy through innovation, good practice, knowledge sharing and business intelligence.
This position will offer the successful candidate an unparalleled opportunity to be involved with a progressive, forward thinking team who regularly work on significant and high profile development schemes and have established commercial relationships with construction industry leaders.
Directors are responsible for the leadership of their team and as such will require authenticity, excellent communication and presentation skills, the ability to coach and mentor staff and a clear understanding of the mechanisms, systems and processes that the Team work within. They will need the ability to influence and will be a force for continuous improvement and positive change whilst fulfilling the vision and values of the company. This position requires an experienced applicant with the following:
• Extensive experience of directing the built heritage or consultancy management function of a professional commercial organisation;
• Practical experience of working on large commercial built heritage or consultancy projects to Environmental Impact Assessment and Conservation Management Plan level;
• Comprehensive knowledge of current legislation and its application in respect of cultural heritage;
• Proven track record of provision of Expert Witness advice and testimony;
• Familiarisation with all aspects of commercial archaeology and the links between heritage disciplines;
• Proven track record of the production of business plans, systems designs and change programmes;
• Experience in creating sustainable business models and developing risk management strategies
• Proven experience of managing, directing and mentoring staff in the implementation of complex procedures and tasks;
Skills and capability
• To be educated to at least degree level in an appropriate subject or to hold demonstrable experience to an equivalent level;
• Membership of an appropriate accredited professional body, commensurate with the level of responsibility;
• A full UK Driving Licence is essential.
The behavioural attributes that we require are:
• To be visible, accountable and trustworthy;
• To be optimistic and a positive influence, inspiring creativeness and innovation in others;
• To provide encouragement, recognition and reward when its due;
• To be assured and confident in your work and personal interactions
You will have an enthusiasm for influencing the development of the heritage industry whilst focussing on the needs of the client to ensure consistent customer satisfaction.
As part of your role you will be required to promote the positive culture and reputation of the business and to work collegiately across all of the departments and regional offices.
Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form, a copy of their CV and a covering letter; returned by e-mail to wa.applications [at] wessexarch.co.uk
Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 17th March 2017. Interviews are planned for the end of March 2017.
For more information about the post please contact Caroline Budd, Chief Operating Officer, (c.budd [at] wessexarch.co.uk; 03303 133443; 01722326867).
Whilst Wessex Archaeology welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, it is essential that all applicants must be either a British citizen, EU National or hold a full work visa and where appropriate be registered under the ‘Worker Registration Scheme’, or must hold a current work permit. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.