Permanent Appointments

PROJECT MANAGERS (Fieldwork and/or Post-Excavation)
based in Cambridge, Lancaster and Oxford
Salary range £30,065 to £39,447 (based on experience)

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 projects and can offer real opportunities for long term employment and career development. We have offices in Cambridge, Lancaster and Oxford and are a registered heritage charity.

We take pride in Oxford Archaeology’s ethos of professionalism in commercial delivery and academic rigour in our published output and wish to employ and develop managers with experience and skills across both of these areas. We hope to appoint individuals who can manage either fieldwork or post-excavation programmes, or both.

Due to an expanding portfolio of work, we are seeking to appoint a number of Project Managers to join our highly successful and respected teams in Cambridge, Lancaster and Oxford. The work is challenging and varied, with the opportunity to manage exciting projects of national importance, and work as part of a large team of multi-disciplinary professionals. Experience on infrastructure projects and/or in overseeing or delivering post-excavation programmes to completion would be advantageous. The successful candidates will report to the OA East, North or South Regional Management Teams.

Whether you are just starting out in project management or have many years of experience we would like to hear from you. While we are looking for managers with a broad range of skills, we also recognise that some of you may have had more experience in fieldwork, and others in post-excavation – we would be interested in hearing from you as well. OA’s existing Project Managers have a wealth of expertise and our philosophy of team working and mentoring creates an environment in which staff at all stages of their careers can grow and make the most of the amazing opportunities on offer. If you are looking for career advancement and a challenging and satisfying working environment this is the role for you.

These are full time roles based either in our Cambridge, Lancaster or Oxford offices.

Position requirements:
Expert general knowledge and understanding of archaeology, particularly British archaeology, and the principles, practices and processes relevant to archaeological investigation.

Ability to manage fieldwork and/or post-excavation projects from small to large, and of all levels of complexity, and to undertake the full range of investigation tasks and techniques.

Thorough knowledge and understanding of project management procedures, and the ability to confidently and competently undertake project management, including budget and programme management.

Understanding of quality management systems and processes.
Ability to use project management tools (including the use of spreadsheets and other relevant software).

Well-developed analytical and report writing skills, to ensure that primary data and subsequent interpretative data are presented accurately and appropriately.

Ability to pass on expertise to others including less experienced staff, colleagues, the general public and/or other professionals.

Well-developed and effective communication skills, including negotiation skills, specifically with clients, stakeholders, staff, management, and colleagues.

Ability to manage the performance and development of teams or individuals, including allocation of duties, monitoring and assessing performance, and providing feedback, guidance and training appropriately. This includes the ability to deal with poor performance appropriately.

Ability to operate according to the principles and practices related to continuous improvement, equal opportunity, stress management, team building, leadership, and motivating staff and to understand 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.

A flexible approach and a willingness to innovate.

Ability to drive.

Thorough knowledge and understanding of current legislation, related policies, issues of practice and strategies for reducing risks in the area of health and safety, as it relates to archaeological investigation.

Understanding of the various forms of contract (e.g. NEC3 and 4, JCT, ICE) under which archaeological investigations may be implemented.

Experience of writing and/or editing archaeological publications.

Ability to carry out academic research.

Specialist expertise in the study of a particular aspect of archaeology (e.g. a specific archaeological period or category of artefact).

Applicants should be members, or eligible for membership, of CIfA preferably at MCIfA level.

In return, we offer an exciting range of employee benefits:

Employee benefits:
Competitive salary £30,065 to £39,447 (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.

If you would like to discuss the role and opportunities on offer please contact in complete confidence:
Paul Spoerry (Regional Manager, OA East): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01223 850550
Gill Hey (Regional Manager, OA North): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07796 681 579
Ken Welsh (Regional Manager, OA South): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07500 446830

If you would like to join the team responsible for some of the most exciting archaeological projects in the UK and be part of a respected and established organisation at the forefront of British archaeology please apply by completing an application form, available from:

Alternatively, you can post your completed application form to:
Human Resources
Oxford Archaeology
Janus House
Osney Mead

Please enclose a CV and covering letter with your application.

Closing Date: 28th October 2019

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 by UK Visas and Immigration.

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