Wessex Archaeology invites applications for the following post:

Project Manager 

Based in Salisbury


£32,993 to £39,891

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, Meopham, Bristol and Edinburgh. 


Who we need

Due to our expanding and ever increasing workload, we are looking for an experienced, ambitious, and enthusiastic Project Manager to join our fieldwork team based at Salisbury. This is an excellent opportunity to join our innovative, industry-leading team, and with our nurture and training, advance your professional project management and leadership skills, whilst always being encouraged to develop autonomy in your role. This role would suit an individual with a strong track record of commercial archaeological fieldwork projects. 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 exciting and challenging projects from tendering to project completion.

You will directly contribute to the business development of the regional office and proactively market the company, 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 Salisbury region, 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.  


What we require

This position requires an applicant with:

  • a minimum of three years’ experience as a project manager in the commercial environment.
  • experience of preparing commercial proposals and tenders for both small local projects and large-scale multidisciplinary projects.
  • 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.
  • good communication skills with all relevant stakeholders.

We expect you:

  • to 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.


What we offer

In addition to our highly competitive salaries, we are also able to offer a host of additional benefits to working for Wessex, not least including:

  • 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) 
  • Paid sick leave from start of contract;
  • Immediate eligibility for inclusion in the group pension plan with an employer contribution of 5%;
  • Individual training and development, mentoring, annual appraisal, personal development plans and career progression maps;
  • Life assurance scheme;
  • Bike2Work scheme.


What you must do

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 5 March December 2021.  

Wessex Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equality of opportunity.

All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK without restrictions. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.