Senior or Principal Archaeological Consultant

  1. Environment & geoscience

Atkins, member of SNC Lavalin is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.

You would be joining a team of heritage specialists that include: heritage managers, archaeologists and buildings archaeologists. We provide expert advice and planning services to clients throughout the world; working on highly sensitive and high-profile projects including large-scale infrastructure programmes in the UK, high quality urban regeneration and development, and World Heritage Sites in the Middle East. We have a growing reputation for innovation and engagement particularly on large infrastructure programmes, such as HS2, for which we have undertaken a number of bespoke and specialist studies.

We have a vacancy for a Senior or Principal Archaeological Consultant within our Bristol office. The role is ideal for someone who has strong technical archaeological capabilities including the management of archaeological fieldwork.   The post-holder is expected to manage delivery of heritage projects and providing expert advice and support across our UK projects.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Providing expert advice to a range of clients and internal teams on a diverse range of projects;
  • Overseeing, preparing and contributing to environmental statements, heritage statements, desk based assessments, written schemes of investigation, fieldwork strategies and consent applications;
  • Management of medium to large scale projects to ensure they are delivered on time and budget;
  • Design, negotiation, management and delivery of archaeological fieldwork strategies;
  • 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;
  • Key member of heritage technical excellence plan strategy and delivery - engaging new clients, products and business strands;
  • Acting as technical lead and managing project teams;
  • Management of sub-consultants and archaeological contractors;
  • Technical reviewer role with a focus on archaeology;
  • Liaison with client teams; and
  • Sourcing new opportunities and providing technical contribution to tenders. 



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

Essential Criteria

  • Full Member of the Institute for Archaeologists;
  • Strong background in archaeological fieldwork, reporting, management and monitoring;
  • Full knowledge of the planning process (including EIA) and be fully conversant with the relevant environmental / heritage legislation and guidance;
  • Experience of delivering environmental impact assessments and supporting programmes for complex large infrastructure and / or major development schemes;
  • Robust knowledge of UK archaeology and history;
  • Willingness to work across the UK in client and Atkins’ offices as fits project requirements;
  • Experience in a commercial consultancy environment;
  • Full, clean, UK driving licence;
  • Line management skills and experience; and
  • Operational management / business management experience.

Desirable Criteria

  • Commercial skills and experience;
  • Technical or specialist subject expert with a focus in archaeology; and
  • Good working knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office packages and GIS;
  • CSCS accreditation; and
  • Experience of delivering expert witness at Public Inquiry.

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;
  • Innovation in approach to archaeological and heritage matters;
  • Good knowledge of commercial aspects, such as contracts, pricing, risk management, change control and bid / project management review processes;
  • Proven experience in successful resource and line management; and
  • Willingness to learn and develop and to mentor others.

If you enjoy working on a diverse range of projects and being part of a multi-disciplinary team within a large organisation, then we would be interested to hear from you.


Atkins develops individuals through the ‘My Career’ portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits

Atkins offers a range of benefits through the ‘My Rewards’ packages, which can be selected annually. 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, 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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