Principal Heritage Consultant 

Permanent Contract

Ref: SHEFHER.02.24

£38,911 - £46,811 - salary commensurate with skills and experience 

Sheffield office (with home/hybrid working options)

Closing date: 08/03/2024


Why join us?  

Bringing together leading minds and practitioners in the sector, Wessex Archaeology is a trusted archaeology and heritage service provider and educational charity. From our network of international offices, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver sustainable solutions to manage the historic environment - above ground, below ground and underwater. We are committed to our social impact. This means using the knowledge and connections we make through our commercial activities as a catalyst to engage the communities in which we work. 

Join us and you’ll be part of a collaborative team committed to shaping a better future for our staff, the sector and the world. As well as having knowledgeable and dedicated colleagues, you’ll have an opportunity to access a variety of fascinating and high-profile projects and develop your skills and knowledge along the way. 

The role

With the continued expansion of consultancy work in the North and Midlands regions, we are seeking a motivated and skilled individual with demonstrable consultancy and project management experience to enhance our established consultancy team based in Sheffield. 

You’ll be leading and motivating teams working on a range of projects. Our client base and projects are many and varied with everything from large-scale infrastructure EIA through to working with private clients on their historic properties; because of this diversity the ability to adapt and to tailor our work to meet the needs of the client is at the core of what we do.

With a keen interest in the management of the effects of change to the historic environment, you’ll be responsible for inspiring your team to achieve the highest possible standards. You will also be expected to independently deliver high-quality, accurate, expert historic environment consultancy services direct to clients, whilst actively supporting and developing the technical, commercial and personal practice of fellow team members.

You will bring comprehensive knowledge and expertise of prevailing UK historic environment legislation and planning policy, experience in delivering ES chapters for EIA, and an expert comprehension of best practice and guidance on the assessment of the setting of heritage assets. A high-level understanding of British archaeology is essential along with a degree in archaeology or related subject.

Experience in the following areas is desirable, but not essential:

  • working on nationally significant DCO projects
  • working on renewable energy projects; and
  • experience at examination / inquiry and / or expert witness. 

In addition, you’ll have an excellent understanding of health safety and wellbeing policies and a firm commitment to ensuring safe working practices. 

Whilst the role is envisaged to support projects in the North and Midlands regions, you will be part of a much larger service team based in offices across the country and there is a strong ethos of collaboration and team working. You will also fulfil a role supporting your colleagues on their projects; it is very much a team effort. 

You will be expected to manage projects and visit sites within and around the Midlands and North of England, with occasional travel further afield, and some overnight stays required.

Key purpose and responsibilities will include:

  • managing accurate and robust research
  • undertaking and managing settings assessments and demonstrating a clear understanding of current guidance on this matter
  • managing the production and delivery of historic environment desk-based assessments and impact assessments
  • undertaking and managing the production and delivery of ES chapters for EIA 
  • the preparation and development of project designs, estimating and organising resource requirements, developing programmes and schedules; and
  • the preparation of tender submissions and fee proposals on a range of projects. 

Essential certification

  • full clean drivers’ licence

What can you look forward to? 

Our focus is on creating a collaborative culture where people can thrive, develop and where safety and wellbeing come first. From anonymising candidate data in our recruitment process to continuous improvements in our benefits, we’re committed to creating a safe, fair and inclusive working environment.  

We offer:

  • 22 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays rising to 27 after 5 years of continuous service   
  • option to buy up to 5 days holiday per year
  • Salary Sacrifice Pension Scheme, Wessex Archaeology employer pension contribution 5%
  • life assurance scheme of three times your basic salary

Wellbeing and family-friendly benefits:

  • our maternity, adoption and shared parental pay is 100% for 12 weeks, 90% for 21 weeks and 6 weeks statutory, day 1 eligibility
  • enhanced paternity leave, up to 4 weeks from day 1
  • 5 days of carers leave per year
  • paid sick leave from the start of a contract, with the number of days dependent on length of service
  • hybrid and flexible working arrangements where applicable
  • Company Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - free and confidential service in the form of counselling and assistance in areas such as health and stress
  • AIG SmartHealth – round-the-clock support for you and your family

Sustainability and other benefits  

  • Electric Vehicle Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Bike2Work scheme
  • 100% Professional membership costs reimbursed
  • time in lieu or paid time for driving  
  • subsistence allowance   


How to apply  

Interested in working with us? 

Email your completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form by the 8th March 2024 to All applications will be acknowledged within one week of the closing date. In person interviews will be held in mid to late March. 

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Lucy Marston, Consultancy Director, on 03303 133504 or email

We welcome applications from people with disabilities and aim to be supportive in our recruitment and employment practices. Please let us know if you need any special arrangements or adjustments in the application or interview process.  

Successful candidates must have proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK by the start of their employment.