Wessex Archaeology invites applications for:

Business Manager

A303 Stonehenge (Amesbury to Berwick Down)

Based in Salisbury, Wiltshire

Ref: SALFWK.06.21

Salary £40,000 to £50,000 p.a.

Initially a 12 month contract extending to 18 months as required

Standard Working Hours are 37 per week but flexible working would be considered

Salary commensurate with skills

Wessex Archaeology is one of the UK’s largest and most comprehensive archaeological providers and a market leader in the provision of historic environment services in the UK. We are a registered charity and our activities aim to deliver public benefit by gathering and creating knowledge about the past, interpreting and disseminating it.

Due to our successful appointment to the A303 Stonehenge (Amesbury to Berwick Down) Project, working in partnership with Highways England, we are seeking an experienced professional to join our Project Team. The successful applicant will work to support our internal technical and commercial specialists and our external partners in delivering the outcomes of the project. You will achieve this through the application of strong communication skills combined with flexible problem solving and standard project management techniques.


The role

With support and direction from our A303 Project Director and working in collaboration with the Archaeological Fieldwork Manager, Commercial Manager and Programme Planner, your new role will involve supporting the A303 team in the overarching management of the project.

This role would offer an interesting and unique opportunity for someone looking to apply their project and change management skills in a unique environment. If you have some interest in the historic environment and are looking for a way to share your skills and knowledge with educated, inquisitive minds in a charitable context then this could be the role for you.


Key responsibilities include

  • Supporting the project team in the management and delivery of the project;
  • Ensuring that project risks are clearly identified, understood and managed;
  • Supporting the team in internal and external stakeholder/partner liaison/management;
  • Ensuring a smooth/clear flow of required information for all those involved with the project;
  • Resource planning and clearly communicating deadlines and timeframes;
  • Assisting in the financial management of the project;
  • Negotiating with and procuring subcontractors;
  • Assisting in the compilation of monthly client management reports;
  • Supporting the project team in maintaining and managing positive client relationships



The desirable skills, experience and qualifications you will need are:

  • Degree qualified or equivalent
  • Experience with a range of project management techniques
  • Minimum Of 5 Years' Experience Postgraduate or equivalent in a project management related discipline
  • Confidence with clients, meetings and project management duties
  • Have an ability in negotiating with team and client representatives
  • Possess excellent communication, numeracy and IT skills.
  • Experience in the construction or engineering sectors preferred


About you

To succeed in this role, you will need:

  • To be resilient and self-motivated;
  • To hold outstanding communication, project management, change management and organisational skills;
  • To be a pragmatic, innovative forward thinker and good listener, able to adapt quickly to the ever-changing needs of your colleagues and client;
  • To be a confident decision maker;
  • A proven track record in effective communication/information flow, project management, project governance and commercial awareness;
  • The ability to negotiate across the various levels of the project environment; and
  • To understand and embody Wessex Archaeology’s core values.



Given that this role is specifically related to the A303 Stonehenge Project you would be required to work for our project facility which is likely to be situated in the Salisbury area of the A303 and/or from our Head Office in Salisbury.


Employee benefits

  • Competitive salary range;
  • The opportunity to engage with a wide range of historic environment projects through the course of your working day;
  • A company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – confidential external advice on health and wellbeing;
  • 27 days p.a. holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays)
  • Paid sick leave from start of contract;
  • Eligibility for inclusion in the group pension plan, following 3 months employment, with an employer contribution of 5%;
  • Individual training and development, mentoring, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • 50% professional membership reimbursed
  • 5 days paid carers leave
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form along with a CV and covering letter. Applications to be emailed to  wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk   

Applications must be received by close of business on Monday 14th June 2021. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged, and we will get back to applicants by the 21st June. Interview dates in June/July, details tbc but likely to be face to face meetings operating within the bounds of Covid-19 precautions in place at the time.

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Caroline Budd, COO with any queries c.budd@wessexarch.co.uk.

Wessex Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.