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Director - Archaeology/Built Heritage
Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham

Locations available Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham

Role Outline
Due to an expanding client base and diversification in services offered, we are seeking highly motivated and thoroughly experienced archaeology and built heritage professionals, to provide leadership roles in the further development of our services in the South West, Wales and West Midlands.

Main Responsibilities
• Completing and assisting the team on specific deliverables:
o preparation of due diligence reports
o desk-based assessments
o heritage statements
o listed building and scheduled monument consent applications
o conservation area appraisal/management plans
o design and master planning advice
o townscape and visual impact assessments
o ES chapters for EIA
o the management of all types of archaeological fieldwork (including historic building recording)
o expert witnesses at appeals
o input into emerging local plans and allocations
• Business development
• Mentoring and leadership of the various teams alongside the deputy operational director

Skills and Education required
• Thorough knowledge of the planning system and how local authorities’ decision-making works
• Outstanding talent for marketing and networking when building the team’s client base and work portfolio
• Educated to post-graduate level or equivalent
• Be a full member of either the CIfA or IHBC (or other appropriate institute)
• Experience as an expert witness at appeal and EiP
• Advantageous to have experience of management training
• Be commercially astute, expert negotiator, communicator and dedicated team builder

About RPS CgMs
The heritage team offers a comprehensive built heritage and archaeology consultancy service to a wide range of clients with diverse schemes that affect all types of heritage assets across the UK.
Offering a unique and unparalleled range of development and planning services based upon the heritage team’s 25 years of consultancy experience in both the private and public sectors,our success is based on our ability to negotiate with our professional colleagues in local government, advisors to government and statutory consultees. We have an unparalleled reputation for our commercially astute advice, which adds value to development and identifies the most efficient pathways through the planning process to realise our clients’ objectives, while meeting the management and conservation needs of the historic environment.

RPS CgMs is the leading and largest independent heritage consultancy in the UK. Since August 2014 it has been part of the RPS Group, the country’s largest environmental consultancy.
RPS CgMs has a strong collaborative team ethos based on professional support and mentoring. It is made up of a group of highly-skilled, committed and often passionate professionals. The heritage team’s members have been drawn from a broad spectrum of backgrounds including: field archaeologists, conservation architects, landscape architects, surveyors, art historians, local government archaeology and conservation officers, buildings archaeologists, planners and urban designers.

Our diverse portfolio of clients includes listed buildings owners, Historic Royal Palaces, English Heritage, major retailers, commercial developers, local authorities, NHS trusts, national and regional house builders, airport and port authorities, and providers of major infrastructure.

What we can offer you
You will be appropriately rewarded with an extensive remuneration package, including a very competitive salary, generous contributory pension, health cover and additional flexible benefits. You will also benefit by working in a supportive and friendly team which provides superb training and development support to allow you to achieve your career aspirations.

For an informal discussion of these opportunities please contact Jonathan Smith, Deputy Operational Director on 01242 259290. To apply for these roles please contact our Recruitment Manager, Nicola MacAulay, at, submitting your CV and a covering letter before Monday 14th January 2019.

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.