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Archaeological Consultant

  1. Birmingham
  1. Environment & geoscience

Archaeological Consultant

The position could be either Full time or Part time .

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies with over 50,000 employees worldwide. At Atkins, we offer more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to make a difference and shape the world to benefit future generations and the environment. We have a strong Equality, Diversity and Inclusion ethos.

Based in London, Bristol, Birmingham, York and Glasgow, our Heritage team includes archaeologists, historic built environment and landscape specialists and heritage managers who provide expert advice and planning services on projects throughout the world.  We work on behalf of a wide range of clients, ranging from national governments, statutory agencies and local authorities, to charitable trusts, private developers and individuals, often drawing on our design, engineering, sustainability, ecology and other colleagues to provide a comprehensive range of services.  We have led the heritage work for projects of all sizes, and have worked on some of the highest profile projects, such as the London 2012 Olympics, HS2, and Thames Tideway, as well as major development schemes and complex flood defence projects, as well as smaller schemes of all types. We have a growing reputation for innovation and imaginative engagement, particularly on large infrastructure programmes.

We are looking for an Archaeological Consultant to join our team in Birmingham or London, to help deliver our projects throughout the Midlands and beyond. The role is ideal for someone who has strong technical archaeological capabilities including the management of archaeological fieldwork and the provision of expert advice to clients on archaeology in the planning process.  The right candidate will be innovative and imaginative in their approach - we are looking for an individual to help drive our team’s growth with an innovative approach and the technical expertise we are known for.

From the outset, this role will require the successful candidate to hit the ground running, providing support to one of our archaeological managers in the delivery of archaeological mitigation works on a major infrastructure scheme, as an Archaeological Clerk of Works.  Based in the client’s office in Milton Keynes four days a week for approximately their first six months, this role will involve collaborating with the client, key stakeholders and other discipline specialists, managing and monitoring archaeological subcontractors to ensure the successful delivery of archaeological investigations on the East West Rail project.

Applicants with a background in archaeology and the historic environment that have a good understanding of their place within the UK planning system would be welcomed. If you enjoy working on a diverse range of projects and being part of a multi-disciplinary team, then we would be interested to hear from you.

The role would be ideal for an archaeologist at project officer level in commercial archaeology seeking to develop their career towards archaeological and heritage consultancy.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Managing delivery of archaeological fieldwork to ensure that deliverables meet our requirements of quality, time and cost;
  • Preparation of and contribution to environmental statements, heritage statements, desk-based assessments, written schemes of investigation and consent applications;
  • Management of small- to medium-scale projects to ensure they are delivered on time and budget;
  • Contribution of key technical expertise and knowledge to the team in order to maintain and improve the quality of our work and the expertise of our people; and
  • Management of sub-consultants and archaeological contractors.
  • Provision of advice to clients
  • Negotiation and liaison with key stakeholders


  • Qualifications
  • A good first degree in archaeology or closely related discipline e.g. history / anthropology; and
  • Relevant Masters level or higher qualification in archaeology or heritage management or considerable experience akin to this level of qualification.

Essential Criteria

  • Strong background in archaeological fieldwork and reporting;
  • Good working knowledge of the planning process and be fully conversant with the relevant heritage legislation and guidance;
  • Robust knowledge of UK archaeology and history;
  • Willingness to work across the UK in client and Atkins’ offices as fits project requirements;
  • Full, clean, UK driving licence; and
  • CSCS accreditation

Desirable Criteria

  • Full or Associate Member of the Institute for Archaeologists; 
  • Experience in a commercial consultancy environment;
  • Experience of delivering environmental impact assessments;
  • Technical or specialist subject expert;
  • Commercial skills and experience;
  • Good working knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office packages and GIS.

The Individual

  • The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate the following:
  • Strong technical knowledge and skills;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Capable of working under pressure with the ability to meet critical deadlines;
  • Flexibility in approach to archaeological and heritage matters; and
  • Willingness to learn and develop professional skills.

What we offer

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to conventional full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements. As part of this commitment, we understand the need for a diverse and flexible workforce, where a work-life balance is important. So, where project commitments allow, Atkins offers flexible working, where there is no fixed 9 ‘till 5, no need for a 5-day week, and no requirement to spend all your working time in the office. 


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you perform to the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving Chartership via relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits

Please refer to our website for details of our full benefits package .

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.


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