Principal Heritage Consultant

WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have combined and are now one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Together we provide services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and our expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources.

We have approximately 31,500 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, and various environmental experts. We are based in more than 500 offices across 39 countries worldwide.

Job Summary:

WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff is actively developing its Heritage team to provide our clients with expert advice on an ever increasing portfolio of heritage related enquiries that address the management of change in our historic environment. We work on high profile and large-scale infrastructure projects in the UK and abroad as part of a multi-disciplinary team and aim to deliver high quality work while contributing to innovative approaches and challenges within the heritage sector.

The appointment of a Principal Heritage Consultant is key to our heritage team's development and will require the combination of high level technical expertise and knowledge of archaeology and heritage with commercial and business acumen. As a principal you will be expected to lead our most complex and challenging projects from planning and other consent applications, deliver for EIAs and bespoke archaeological strategies and works for developments and infrastructure. Much of your work will need to be able to withstand the test of public inquiry.

Preferably, you will have a specialism, skill or area of knowledge that contributes to the development of the team and our wider business.

Working together with our new Technical Director and the heritage team you will contribute to the strategic development of our heritage services.


  • A good first degree in archaeology, conservation of the historic environment or architectural history
  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) (or capable of joining)
  • Full Driving License

Essential Criteria

  • Full knowledge of the planning process (including EIA) and be fully conversant with the relevant environmental / heritage legislation and guidance
  • Robust knowledge of UK archaeology and history
  • Proven ability to undertake archaeological assessments using bespoke and industry standard methodologies

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant Masters level or higher qualification in archaeology (or equivalent)
  • Experience of expert witness duties


  • Management and delivery of complex infrastructure and development projects
  • Tendering and fee proposals
  • Technical reviewing the work of others and ensuring that standards are maintained
  • Project and financial management
  • Playing a key role in the development of heritage services

The Individual

  • The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate the following:
  • Good communication skills - the ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with a range of clients and peers
  • Strong technical knowledge and skills, preferably with a particular area of expertise
  • Demonstrable report writing skills
  • Ability to identify and pursue business development and marketing opportunities
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posted: 25 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.