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Heritage Consultant

Amourette Dredge
£34,000 - £37,000
Closing date
29 Dec 2023

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Job (Function)
Client Advisor
Contract Type
Full Time

Summary of the Role
We are looking for a committed, ambitious and knowledgeable heritage consultant to join our heritage consultancy team based out of our York Studio. The 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 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 from in the North Region are exceptional – including, for example, Auckland Castle, Manchester Town Hall, Salford Cathedral, Durham Castle and Burghley House - 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.

Roles & Responsibilities
Working as part of a small, experienced team, you will enjoy a variety of roles including acting as project leader, leading research studies, working with architects, 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 across the north, requiring experience in business development, networking and drawing upon existing contacts.  You will be working with experienced architects skilled in a full range of architectural typologies and styles and you will be expected to have a sound understanding of and passion for the history of architecture as well as contemporary conservation philosophy and design.
As we continue to grow in new markets, there is the opportunity to develop your career including through the management of other team members and external consultants, managing resource, reviewing work, building a pipeline of work for the team and growing the team’s skills.

Skills & Qualifications Required

  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Demonstrable experience of acting in a leadership and management capacity    
  • 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.

Our benefits package includes agile, flexible and hybrid working, (a minimum of 3 days in office, up to 2 days WFH) annual leave increasing with long service, life assurance, study sponsorship with paid study leave, sabbaticals, employee assistance programme, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, virtual GP service, subscription fees, company day out, a volunteering scheme and enhanced learning & development opportunities.


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