Building Conservation Manager

The English Heritage Trust
Location: York, North Yorkshire, UK
Added on: 23 Jan 2024, Job offer expires on: 30 Mar 2024

We’re the organisation that looks after England’s most important buildings and monuments, making sure our country’s amazing history is available for everyone to enjoy. From world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, Roman forts to a Cold War bunker, we bring the history of England to life.

Do you have a passion for historic buildings and environments? Do you have a strong understanding of the emerging threats and opportunities within the heritage sector? Do you have proven experience of delivering building conservation schemes in complex historic environments? Are you ready to play a key role to ensure the care, repair, and enhancement of the National Collection of historic sites and monuments in the North of England?

English Heritage seeks a highly motivated heritage professional who could be from an Architecture / Building Conservation / Surveying background (or similar) to take up the role of Building Conservation Manager in the Estates team based in the North of England. You will principally cover English Heritage properties in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire, but may be required to work in the other areas of the north. You will be allocated an office base in York where you will be required to attend on occasion for meetings, but home working is supported with regular site visits across the region.

As Building Conservation Manager you will be responsible for properties ranging from country houses to ruined castles, abbeys and a cold war bunker, as well as modern visitor centres. Guided by the principles and aims set out in our Sustainable Conservation Asset Management Plan, your primary aim will be to address the repair priorities highlighted in condition surveys that are needed to bring the historic sites into sustainable conservation and ensure planned and reactive maintenance schedules keep the assets at that level.

To do this you will have strong project/contract management skills and a working understanding of health and safety regulations in a construction environment (CDM Regulations etc.), will be competent in operating within the constraints of heritage and planning policies and statutory requirements, and can demonstrate a robust understanding of historic building conservation best practice principles.

The successful person will be an effective written and verbal communicator, able to excel in forging positive relationships with both internal colleagues (Curatorial, Historic Properties Department, Territory Safety Manager) and external stakeholders (Historic England etc.), sometimes in challenging situations. A key aspect of the role will be to support your team to get the best out of contractors, ensuring all work is carried out in accordance with English Heritage Trust’s standards and policies. To support your team’s work, you will identify when consultant support is required, work with the Estate Manager/Senior Estate Manager to procure and manage specialist services via a Shared Services Agreement from Historic England and appoint any other external specialists that might be required.

Regular site visits are required for the role and due to the geographical spread and nature of some of the sites in the region you will be required to drive, and therefore you must hold a valid driving licence for the UK. Occasional overnight stays in hotels covered by expenses will likely be required.

To be considered as a Building Conservation Manager, you will need:
– minimum HND or NVQ Level 4 or equivalent in a building/construction related discipline,
– relevant experience within historic and conservation environments,
– extensive experience of client side administration of building maintenance contracts and schedules of rates,
– working knowledge of current legislation and regulations covering building and civil engineering works and other relevant statutory regulations and bylaws, including Health and Safety at Work regulations, particularly Construction Design and Management Regulations (2015),
– the ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team. Dedicated to English Heritage and its future.

The Benefits
– Salary from £39,662, depending on skills, experience and location
– 25 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays pro rata rising to 28 days after 3 years
– Matched pension contributions up to a maximum of 10%
– Flexible hours
– The opportunity to progress your career within the heritage sector
– Apprenticeship opportunities
– Subscriptions to professional bodies
– Free access to all English Heritage sites for you another adult and up to 6 children
– 25% discount in our shops and cafes
– Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental leave
– Options to buy additional leave
– An inclusive working atmosphere where everyone from all backgrounds, religions and with different needs will be supported
– Opportunities to go to some of our great live music or history events

Find out more about us and what we do, meet some of our People and hear about why they enjoy working with us on our website.

Everyone is welcome at English Heritage. We are always looking for people who reflect the diversity of the country today, to help us make it more relevant to the diversity of the people, communities and places we serve. From remote sites to inner city monuments, from regional teams to our Head Office, the diversity of our teams is critical to making sure our heritage is inclusive, exciting and accessible. We continually look for new ways to promote the past in a way that is inclusive to all and that celebrates the cultural diversity of England’s heritage. By joining us, you will be part of a charity that is already on an exciting journey to tell everyone’s story with an inclusive working atmosphere where everyone from all backgrounds, religions and with different needs will be supported. To support this work, we have a number of EDI networks that you can join as either a member or ally. These networks include Ethnic Diversity, Faith & Belief, Social Mobility, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergence and Gender Specific Issues.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to talk to us about this role before you apply, e.g. regarding workplace adjustments, working patterns, please contact Stephen Gandolfi, Senior Estates Manager (North). No agencies please.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th February at the English Heritage Offices at Tanner Row, York.

Closing date: 21/01/2024 23:59:59

Other organisations may call this role Estate Manager, Building Management Manager, Facilities Manager, Building Manager, or Maintenance Manager.

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