Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Finds Pottery Specialist

Based in Salisbury, UK

REF: SALPX 10.19

Officer Grade - £24,530 - £28,456 p.a.  

Senior Officer Grade - £27,810 to £31,850 p.a.

Salary and position commensurate with skills and experience


Wessex Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in the UK and is a registered charity whose aims are to promote the advancement of education, the arts, culture, heritage and science. We recognise that our employees are paramount to our success and aim to foster a working environment that protects the physical and mental well-being of our people. We have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol and Edinburgh. 


The position

We are seeking to recruit an experienced prehistoric pottery specialist to join our established Specialist Services team within our industry-leading Research department. The position will be based in Salisbury. The successful applicant will be responsible for carrying out the assessment, analysis, interpretation and reporting of assemblages from across our regional offices. Whilst the successful applicant will be required to work collegiately as part of the established team, the ability to work independently will also be essential. The enthusiasm to assist in the development of junior team members, to share knowledge and to provide advice to members of the fieldwork teams as appropriate will also be needed.


Position Requirements:

Ideally educated to post-graduate level, you will have expertise in the analysis of prehistoric pottery from southern England, although experience of assemblages from other areas of Britain and/or chronological periods would be advantageous. You will have proven experience of working within commercial archaeology, in the assessment and analysis of ceramic assemblages, and preferably of other material types as well.

You will have demonstrable reporting skills to publication standard. With a good understanding of British archaeology, you will be aware of current standards and guidance (such as those of Historic England and the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists) concerning fieldwork and the collection, recording, publication and retention of finds.


  • Applicants for the position must have a proven track record in the assessment, analysis and publication of prehistoric pottery assemblages;
  • a good degree in archaeology or a related subject; and
  • a full clean Driving Licence.


  • Experience of the assessment, analysis and publication of other finds categories;
  • membership of period or other special-interest groups (such as the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group); and
  • membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (preferably at MCIfA level) or an equivalent professional body.

The behavioural attributes that we expect from you are to be: 

  • Open to learning and receiving direction; 
  • approachable in providing support, guidance and advice to those under your direction; 
  • able to communicate appropriately and respectfully; 
  • responsible and accountable for your work, actions and decisions; 
  • confident and innovative, and show good judgement in problem solving and decision making; and 
  • able to effectively manage tasks and projects in accordance with agreed specifications. 


Our commitment

The pressure of an increasingly demanding work culture in the UK is perhaps the most pressing challenge to the mental health of the population. At Wessex Archaeology, we are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance, and many of our staff work flexibly, whether that be part-time, remote- or home-working, term time arrangements, compressed hours etc. Please talk to us about the flexibility you’ll need. We can’t promise to be able to give you exactly what you want, but we absolutely promise to listen and provide what we can. 


Employee benefits

  • Competitive salary range in line with CIfA salary guidelines (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership as appropriate). 50% contribution towards CIfA subscription fees;
  • A company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – confidential external advice on health and wellbeing;
  • 22 days p.a. holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays) rising to 27 after 5 year’s continuous employment;
  • Paid sick leave from start of contract;
  • Immediate eligibility for inclusion in the group pension plan with an employer contribution of 5%;
  • Free accommodation provided for projects beyond reasonable travel distances, as well as an overnight subsistence payment (£15 per night, with a further £5 per night as breakfast contribution if in S/C accommodation);
  • Free transport from regional offices to sites;
  • High quality personal protective equipment;
  • Drivers are entitled to time in lieu in excess of the 7.4 working day;
  • Individual training and development, including free BAJR skills passport, HSE certification, mentoring, annual appraisal, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme.



Applicants are invited to submit a covering letter with a copy of their CV and a completed application form and returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk by close of business on Friday 22nd November 2019. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 9th December 2019.

For all queries please contact our Senior Specialist Services Manager, Dr Matt Leivers (m.leivers@wessexarch.co.uk; 01722 326867).


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 or a current work permit. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.