Senior / Principal Heritage Consultant Team Leader

  1. Cities & development, Environment & geoscience
Atkins, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, 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.

We are looking for a creative thinker with strong commercial and organisational skills to join our outstanding team of heritage specialists, which includes: heritage managers, archaeologists, building archaeologists and cultural tourism consultants. We provide expert advice and planning services to clients throughout the world; working on highly sensitive and high-profile projects such as World Heritage Sites in the Middle East and large-scale infrastructure programmes in the UK. 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 / Principal Heritage Consultant Team Leader within our Birmingham office. The role is ideal for someone who has strong technical capabilities and managerial experience. The post-holder is expected to manage delivery of heritage projects providing expert advice and support across our UK and international projects; and undertaking line management responsibilities, operational delivery and reporting for the whole heritage team. 

Alongside very strong technical abilities, we would expect candidates to have:

•Good knowledge of commercial aspects – contracts, pricing, risk management, change control and bid / project management review processes;
•Proven experience in successful resource and line management; 

Applicants with a background in archaeology / the historic environment and have experience of line management, business / operational delivery would be welcomed. 

The key technical responsibilities of the role include:
•Providing expert advice to a range of clients, internal teams on a diverse range of projects;
•Overseeing, preparing and contributing to environmental statements, heritage statements, desk based assessments, written schemes of investigation and consent applications;
•Management of medium to large 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;
•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;
•Liaison with client teams;
•Sourcing new opportunities and providing technical contribution to tenders. 

The key managerial responsibilities of the role are:
•Supporting direct reports and other junior staff through mentoring and line management; 
•Engagement with resource management system (RMS) and liaison with Heritage RMS co-ordinator;
•Reporting on heritage team utilisation, bidding and project delivery and heritage business operations to Planning and Environmental Consenting Practice;
•Working closely with Practice Manager for Midlands, South West and Wales, delivering timely reporting on staff utilisation; operational needs and future planning for national / regional heritage team. 
•Undertaking Team Leader role for Heritage team in Midlands, South West and Wales region;
•Supporting commercial and business development decisions 


•A good first degree in archaeology /. history / anthropology 
•Relevant Masters level or higher qualification in a recognised historic environment subject

Essential Criteria
•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
•UK driving licence. 
•Line management skills and experience.
•Operational management / business management experience

Desirable Criteria
•Full or Associate Member of the Institute for Archaeologists 
•Willingness to work internationally.
•Commercial skills and experience. 
•Technical or specialist subject expert 

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
•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.

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