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Senior Heritage Consultant - Based in York or Manchester

Manchester, Greater Manchester and York
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Job (Function)
Design Advisor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for committed, ambitious and knowledgeable senior heritage consultants to join our heritage consultancy team. These position offers an exciting opportunity to help shape the direction of heritage consultancy in the North region managing change to significant places and developing our business and heritage team. If you are an experienced Senior or Associate Heritage Consultant looking to take that next step, we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who can inspire creativity and confidence amongst clients, consultants and colleagues alike, deliver excellent advice, promote Purcell and conservation, and pursue new business opportunities.

Purcell is the largest conservation practice in the world, with studios across England as well as in Australia and Hong Kong. As an Employee Owned Trust our aim is to provide a great place to work where everyone feels valued and empowered to reach their individual potential. We offer a unique opportunity to provide heritage consultancy, masterplanning and design services that are grounded within their context and the wider historic environment. The places we work on are exceptional – including, for example, The Houses of Parliament, Manchester Town Hall, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Gallery - and the opportunities to contribute to the future of these sites are considerable. We are at the forefront of new technologies and philosophies in conservation and provide a unique approach to advising on the future of heritage.

You will act as project leader on a variety of projects in your region, making decisions, providing heritage advice, advocacy and guidance and preparing fee proposals and tender submissions for heritage projects. Your focus will be providing bespoke and high-quality advice, with outputs including conservation management plans, significance and capacity analysis, and heritage impact assessments.

A key element of the role will be to continue to grow our client base in your region, requiring experience in business development, networking and drawing upon existing contacts. There is an expectation, that in time, you would take on management of other team members in your region, managing resource, reviewing work, building a pipeline of work for the team and growing the team’s skills.

Our benefits include agile working (3 days in office, 2 WFH), flexible working with core hours of 10am-4pm, a bonus scheme and many more benefits, including bike2work scheme. We provide a strong culture of growth with many opportunities for training and development.

Skills Base


  • A skills base in building conservation, buildings archaeology, heritage planning or other field is a must, with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrable experience of acting in a leadership and management capacity
  • Excellent skills and demonstrable experience of archival and desk-based research, on-site built fabric analysis and producing well-written reports.
  • Proven track record in providing advice as heritage lead.
  • Experience of planning and managing your own workload and the workload of others and running multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Experience of preparing fee proposals and bids.
  • Working knowledge of current English heritage legislation, policy and guidance.
  • Knowledge of the market in part of the north region.
  • Membership(s) of professional institutions, such as the IHBC. or CIFA

Highly desirable:

  • Experience of managing a team.
  • Demonstrable track record in work winning for yourself and a team.
  • Experience of working with architects, engineers and statutory stakeholders including conservation officers and Historic England.
  • A UK driving licence.

Please state in your application which location you would like to be considered for.


We work as one family of many experts: architects, designers, heritage leaders and specialist consultants.

Ideally placed in regions covering the UK and in Asia Pacific, we undertake projects across eight core sectors.

Clients come to us when they need to make sense of their project. These complex scenarios often involve sensitive sites, listed buildings and admired places. We guide their transformation, and help clients to build new structures and create new spaces through bespoke design.

For decades, we have been making sure that our clients’ buildings are designed for use today and for future generations.

Find Us
15 Bermondsey Square
Tower Bridge Road
Greater London

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