Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Marine Geophysics Manager 

Based in Salisbury

REF: SALGEO3 04.19

Manager £31,856 to £36,461

Position and salary 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 and the advancement of 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 are currently seeking to appoint an experienced manager for the role of Marine Geophysics Manager in our Salisbury office to enhance our established and dedicated team. 

In this role you will have the ability to influence and promote continuous improvement and positive change within both the marine geophysics and wider Geoservices team. You will deliver marine geophysics services to a high standard and contribute to company business success, in line with the vision and values of the company.

You will be responsible for building and managing the team, provide for their training, mentoring and coaching needs, and helping them to develop their skills. With a strong understanding of marine geophysical techniques and their application to archaeology. You will promote our services to existing clients and identify new business opportunities to develop and grow the business, and work with the wider company to deliver these services. Additionally, you will also undertake project management involving tendering, activities, deliverables and finances of projects. 

The successful candidate for this role will: 

  • have previous experience managing a team, with excellent communication skills;
  • be an ambitious individual with the aptitude and aspiration to develop the team;
  • be technically astute, with an excellent understanding of the requirements of marine archaeological geophysics projects and their deliverables;
  • have considerable experience in tendering, design, planning, management and delivery of marine geophysics projects;
  • have the ability to identify and reduce risks to health and safety on projects, with experience in the preparation of risk assessments, method statements, health and safety plans and other appropriate documentation;
  • have experience working routinely and effectively with clients, contractors, suppliers, planners, curators and other professionals; 
  • have a flexible, pragmatic, collaborative approach; 
  • be educated to at least degree level in an appropriate subject or to hold demonstrable experience to an equivalent level; 
  • have membership of an appropriate accredited professional body, commensurate with the level of responsibility; 
  • have a full UK 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 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 completed application form (which can be downloaded 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 7 June 2019. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Further details, including Job Descriptions can be downloaded below. For all queries, please contact Louise Tizzard (Geoservices Director) l.tizzard@wessexarch.co.uk.

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.