Conservation Manager / Excellent salary from £50,000 - £55,000

Swindon, SN2 2NA
09 May 2019
29 May 2019
Job (Function)
Contract Type
Full Time

Our 28,000 buildings represent some of the most significant Heritage Assets in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We are seeking a technically top-class, compelling communicator to join us as Senior Building Conservation Manager to advise Directors and fellow professional across the Trust on matters relating to building conservation. You’ll play a key role in delivering the best possible conservation outcomes.

This role will be our go-to person for specialist advice on the conservation of our built estate, identifying and leading on Heritage Industry Best Practice, acting as a Professional advocate of the Trust externally, and ensuring that we become an exemplar of Conservation Practice.

You’ll report directly to the Head of Buildings and join the multi-disciplinary central buildings team.

Salary £50-£55,000, plus generous benefits package.

What it's like to work here

We’re bigger than you think, we’re more complicated than we appear and we’re larger scale than you’d imagine. We’ve got passionate people in all our teams, and we’ve got so much more we want to achieve. We’re for ever, for everyone and we really mean that. We don’t want to stop at 5.5 million members - we want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy access to our places, so we need to reach new audiences in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them, without losing the hearts and minds of those that are already with us.

Our central head office Heelis, is situated in Swindon, Wiltshire. We're well placed, with ample parking nearby, a shopping outlet with plenty of options for places to eat, and the town centre only a 10 minute walk away. Alternatively you can enjoy our open plan atrium space for lunch times, with our internal café available every day.

What you'll be doing

You’ll plan, organise and deliver better ways of conserving the unique buildings across the Trust and contribute to the discussions around significance and adaptive reuse of our buildings.

Working with teams across the Trust you’ll mentor and support our Buildings professionals – comprising around 150 surveyors and architects along with our Facilities Management and Direct Labour cohorts. You’ll develop our building conservation capability and lead for building conservation standards within the Trust.

Alongside the Head of Skills and Crafts you’ll ensure that the Trust has the necessary professional, technical and craft skills to look after our buildings now and in the future.

You’ll develop imaginative solutions to resourcing our technical and conservation challenges and put in place processes to ensure that work is undertaken to appropriate conservation standards whilst progressing at pace. If you don’t know the answer, you’ll know where to get it.

Who we're looking for

A Built Heritage professional with wide-ranging experience at a Senior level, an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry, technical ability, an “eye” for Building Conservation and a natural problem solver. You’ll be an Architect (RIBA or equivalent) or Conservation accredited Chartered Surveyor (MRICS or equivalent).

In addition, you’ll need the following: -


Demonstrable ability to analyse, interpret and resolve multi-faceted problems within a complex organisation - and the ability to develop, report and implement practical, pragmatic and workable solutions to those problems.

Strong influencing, negotiating and communication skills, including external advocacy, networking and persuading both professional and lay audiences. The skills and ability to build strong collaborative working relationships with internal peers, external Professionals, Operational and Whole Trust Directors, Assistant Directors, General Managers and Consultancy staff.

Ability to interpret and respond to external and internal research, intelligence and analysis.

Excellent Project Management skills - ability to manage complex projects and their stakeholders.


Significant experience as an Architect or Chartered Surveyor including operating at a senior level.

Direct and broad experience of creating and delivering strategic policy and managing multi-disciplinary projects across a number of sectors.

Extensive experience in the interpretation and evaluation of budgets and business cases.

Direct experience of delivering conservation and heritage projects.


Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.

Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.

All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

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