Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following posts:

Geomatics Supervisor

Edinburgh and Maidstone or Salisbury, United Kingdom


Assistant Supervisor/Supervisor grade £20,333 to  £24,233

Salary commensurate with skills and experience (plus London weighting £781.55 Maidstone only)

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 and the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science. We have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol and Edinburgh.

We are seeking to appoint two experienced individuals within our Geomatics department, one based in our Edinburgh office and another in Maidstone or Salisbury. This is an opportunity to work as part of a growing team who contribute to the successful delivery of projects across the company, including some of the most high-profile developments in the UK, making a key difference in efficiency, safety and project outcomes. We believe in the power of high-quality data to transform our understanding of the world, get people excited about heritage and enable people to do their jobs better. 

The successful applicants would assist in the support of other departments and in the delivery of a range of specialist geomatics projects. An initial period will be spent in one of our other offices whilst you gain experience in Wessex Archaeology’s geomatics processes.

As a Geomatics Assistant Supervisor/Supervisor, your role will involve undertaking, processing and interpreting different types of archaeological surveys, including topographic, walkover, photogrammetry, UAV, laser scanning, and remote sensing surveys. Candidates are not expected to be proficient in all of these areas, but both breadth and depth of knowledge will be important, as will experience of leading field teams and supporting junior staff. In addition to this you will processes data, manage equipment, prepare CAD drawings and provide training for other departments. The balance of field and office work will vary over time, however, it is expected that most of your time will be in the office.

Initially we will appoint staff on a one-year fixed term contract, with a six-month probationary period. Should workloads continue, and the successful candidate’s performance meet expectations the contract will be extended.

The successful candidates will:

  • Have demonstrable experience in a range of metric survey techniques;
  • Be highly experienced in the use of CAD; 
  • Be committed to creating high quality data;
  • Be capable of working independently and as part of a wider team;
  • Understand the importance of safe practices;
  • Be capable of managing competing demands and responding to rapidly changing situations;
  • Be able to pick up new skills quickly;
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills which enable them to provide supervision to junior staff, and liaise with project managers and clients;
  • Have the confidence to ask questions and communicate openly with individuals of all grades;
  • Have a flexible approach to working hours to meet the demands of the role, including working away from home;
  • Be educated to at least degree level in an appropriate subject or to hold demonstrable experience to an equivalent level; 
  • Have a full, clean driving licence.  

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 4%;
  • 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;
  • Childcare vouchers;
  • Bike2Work scheme.



Applicants are invited to submit a completed application form (available to download below) with a copy of their CV and returned by e-mail to  wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk. Applications must be received by close of business on Friday 3 May 2019. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to bring a portfolio of their work. 

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 and where appropriate be registered under the ‘Worker Registration Scheme’ or must hold a current work permit.  Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.