Heritage consultant

Location: London, UK
Added on: 3 Jan 2024, Job offer expires on: 30 May 2024

Purcell has an opportunity for a heritage consultant to join its studio in York, UK.

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.

Purcell is an award-winning employee-owned architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a commitment to quality, innovation and diversity. We have staff of approximately 280 talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 14 offices, in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. We are one of the winners of Architect Employer of the Year 2022.

Collaboration is central to our employee-ownership culture, providing opportunities to work on some of the finest buildings, from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design. We offer a rewarding and supportive environment for personal and professional development and our employee-owned ethos empowers everyone to use their voice. We believe in creating an equitable and inclusive culture, founded on our values, which celebrates knowledge sharing and our successes, to build an inspiring work environment.

It is our distinctive employee-owned working culture that has contributed to our status as a World Architecture Top 100 Practice, renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.

Our benefits package includes agile, flexible and hybrid working, (a minimum of three days in office, up to two 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 and development opportunities.

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.

Essential skills and qualifications:

  • a skills base in building conservation, buildings archaeology, heritage planning or other field is a must, with at least five 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

Desirable skills and qualifications:

  • 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

This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of Purcell.

As world leaders of heritage and conservation, Purcell is committed to embracing diversity and equal opportunity within our international teams, reflective of the society in which we work and live.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and celebrate differences through our culture of employee ownership.

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