Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Project Manager

Based in Maidstone, UK


£31,856 to £50,744 (London Fringe Payment £870)

Position and salary commensurate with skills and experience

Wessex Archaeology is the largest independent archaeological practice in the UK, and as a registered charity our aims are to promote the advancement of education, the arts, culture, heritage and science. We have offices in Salisbury, Sheffield, Maidstone, Bristol, Edinburgh and Ruthin. 


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 one way or another, 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. 


The position

As a result of our continued expansion, we need a talented and enthusiastic Project Manager to join our fieldwork team based at Maidstone – whether you are someone already experienced in project management, or a fieldwork director looking for the next step in your archaeological career, this is the position you are looking for. It is an opportunity to join our innovative, industry-leading team, and with our nurture advance your professional project management and leadership skills, whilst always being encouraged to develop autonomy in your role. As a key member of the regional team, working with our specialists across many different offices and departments, you will develop innovative responses to a wide range of challenging projects from tendering to project completion.

You will directly contribute to the business development of the regional office and proactively market the company as a whole, whilst developing a portfolio of your own projects and key clients in the process. Wessex Archaeology is a truly collaborative organisation, and though based in the South East, the successful candidate will work with our project teams in all regions on some of the most significant and challenging heritage projects across the UK and beyond.

Our Project Managers are not only responsible for creation, planning, management and safe delivery of high-quality projects and tasks which fulfil the vision and values of the company, but also contribute directly to our sustainability and charitable objectives. Our work has a significant benefit on our collective aspiration to broaden an understanding of our heritage and the social impacts it can create. As befits an organisation of our size, your projects will undoubtedly include large and complex programmes of work.


Position requirements

This position requires an applicant with:

  • a minimum of five years’ experience in a commercial environment, whether that be directing projects and liaising with stakeholders in the field, or managing projects of your own;
  • the necessary skills and/or aptitude to track and manage project finances;
  • to preferably be educated to at least degree level in an appropriate subject, but if that’s not you and you think you’re the right person, we still want to hear from you;
  • a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of health & safety associated with fieldwork, preferably backed up with qualifications and accreditations; and
  • knowledge of project management systems, or at least a fundamental understanding of the principles of project management.

We expect you:

  • to most importantly be visible, accountable and trustworthy;
  • to be optimistic and a positive influence, inspiring creativeness and innovation in others;
  • to provide for the mentoring, coaching and training of your team;
  • to provide constant encouragement, recognition and reward to your teams; and
  • to be assured and confident in your work and personal interactions.  

You must have an enthusiasm for influencing the development of our industry, and be able to focus on the needs and concerns of our clients to ensure consistent customer satisfaction by providing high quality, commercial and most importantly professional advice. As part of your role you will promote the positive culture of the business and work collegiately across all the departments and regional offices. 

A full UK Driving Licence is essential. Membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) and another appropriate professional body is highly desirable, but if you don’t have this, we will support you to get it.  


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;
  • Financial assistance with relocation;
  • Staff discounts for local businesses.



If you think you’re the right person for us, please submit a completed application form, which is available to download below, together with a copy of your CV and any other information that will support your application. These must be returned by e-mail to wa.applications@wessexarch.co.uk by close of business on Friday 19 July 2019. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged.

If you need to find out more about the post, please do contact Mark Williams, Regional Manager, London and South East (m.williams@wessexarch.co.uk; 03303 133541), and he will discuss it with you.

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.