Salary: £50 to £60k

Oxford Archaeology is one of the largest independent archaeological practices in Europe. Our size and reputation ensure that we work on the most exciting and varied range of projects, and can offer real opportunities for long term employment and career development.


The position:

Oxford Archaeology is looking to appoint a Regional Manager based in Oxford to take the lead in all areas of practice and to lead and motivate staff to ensure project delivery and high standards within the Oxford office. The Regional Manager will report to the Chief Executive Officer and will sit on the Corporate Management team.

This is a crucial role ensuring the compliant and efficient running of the branch; the successful applicant will demonstrate sound financial awareness to enable financial planning, managing and delivering the branch budget, to meet commercial targets and help deliver the strategic objectives of the organisation. The successful applicant will also demonstrate a good understanding of a wide range of archaeological operations; working with the Regional Management Team (which includes the Head of Fieldwork and the Head of Post-excavation) they will enable the successful delivery of projects as well as leading and motivating the teams.

The Regional Manager will demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to developing and maintaining our regional professional profile and will demonstrate exceptional communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills to enable effective communication with clients, staff, the public and other stakeholders.


Position requirements:
• Considerable expertise and/or eminence in professional archaeological practice.
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of archaeological theory and practice, procedures and processes, and awareness of current developments.
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of current legislation and related policies and strategies for reducing risks in the area of Health and Safety and the Environment.
• Experience of Quality and Environmental Management systems.
• The ability to lead teams of experienced and/or senior professionals, and to motivate staff at all levels.
• Well-developed and effective communication skills, including negotiation skills, specifically with clients, staff, the public and other stakeholders.
• The ability to operate independently, make decisions and solve problems when required and as appropriate, but also to operate as part of a team and be accountable to Senior Management and the Trustees.
• Extensive experience in preparing, monitoring and controlling financial plans, budgets and schedules, and in implementing and tracking projects and non-project business resources.
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of project management procedures, and the ability to undertake project management confidently and competently and use project management tools.
• Well-developed analytical, report writing and advocacy skills, including the ability to deliver lectures and talks publicly, and convey one’s expertise through written material or through demonstration.
• Ability to manage the performance and development of teams or individuals, including allocation of duties, monitor and assess performance, and provide feedback, guidance and training appropriately. This includes the ability to deal with poor performance appropriately.
• Ability to understand and operate according to the principles and practices related to continuous improvement, equal opportunity, team building, leadership, and motivating staff and how these relate to human resource development and organisational effectiveness.
• Ability to understand and adhere to the organisational structure and lines of accountability relevant to this post and to any specific project.
• Ability to understand and observe the principles of Continuing Professional Development and how to prepare and maintain a Personal Development Plan.
• Possession of a current driving licence.
• Membership of the CIfA desirable and experience of working externally in a professional capacity an advantage.


Employee benefits:
• Competitive salary range of £50 to £60k (appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated ability, previous experience and CIfA membership if appropriate).
• 36 days holiday (including statutory holidays and concessionary days at Christmas).
• Local government ‘defined benefit’ pension scheme (LGPS).
• Training and opportunities for career progression.
• 100% of CIfA subscription fees, up to ACIfA level (those at MCIfA level will receive the equivalent of ACIfA level).
• Cycle to work scheme.


The application and interview process:

Applications will be required in writing with a full CV (comprising qualifications, career history and publications) and an accompanying letter setting out why you are suited to the role and what benefits you can bring to the post.

For further enquiries concerning the post, contact the current Regional Manager, Ken Welsh: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Completed applications should be sent by email to Stacey Farrell
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Sunday 1st August with the subject header: ‘OAS Regional Manager job application’.

Interviews will take place either on Teams or at Janus House, Oxford in the week commencing 9th August. You will be asked to begin with a 10 minute presentation on the particular challenges faced by OA South and why you think you have the relevant skills to tackle them.


Further Information:

A job description can be found here: OA South Regional Manager Job Description

The OA 2020-25 strategy can be found at:

Further background information about the charity is available on the Charity Commissions website:

Oxford Archaeology is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applications are judged on the relevant skills and experience of the candidate, and not by gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, belief, age, nationality (other than where work permits may be required), or ethnicity. You must meet the requirements to live and work in the UK, as set out by UK Visa and Immigration - see


Job Description:

OA South Regional Manager Job Description.pdf