Place Services: Built Heritage Consultant

logo£24,000 – £32,000 pa
Full time, 37 hrs pw, permanent
Location: County Hall, Chelmsford

Place Services is at the forefront of environmental consultancy in the public sector, and integral to our success are our people. We are a traded service of Essex County Council and our purpose is to support public sector organisations to deliver their role in sustainable development.

Place Services are on the Institute of Historic Building Conservation’s HESPR register and a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. The growth of our team means we are looking for a highly-motivated, enthusiastic and versatile historic buildings specialist to join our Historic Environment team.

The key responsibility for this role is to contribute to the effective technical delivery of our built heritage specialism. We offer a unique post which is one of the most diverse in the sector.  You will help deliver our existing contracts which include providing conservation advice to local planning authorities as well as undertake a diverse range of Historic Environment project work.

Reporting to the Historic Environment Manager, the Consultant will contribute to realising our on-going commercial success and aspiration for growth. You will deliver work streams for a range of public sector clients, both within and outside of Essex. This will require good technical knowledge and project/client management skills, as well as creative thinking, to ensure effective and profitable delivery of our services.

Based in our offices in Chelmsford, we offer the opportunity for you to develop your expertise as part of a performance-driven team of dedicated professionals, in an area with a rich and varied heritage of historic buildings and places. We invest in the development of our staff, fully funding membership of both the IHBC and CIfA as well as providing funded training to individuals throughout the year.

Typical aspects of this role include:

  • Provision of conservation advice (role of conservation officer) to at least one local authority;
  • Produce/contribute to conservation area appraisals and design guidance;
  • Cross working with our archaeological specialists;
  • Joint working with our Natural and Built Environment teams within Place Services;
  • Opportunities to be involved with our own CPD course syllabus:
  • Produce Built Heritage Statements and Conservation Management Plans; and
  • Contribute to our diverse project work.

 Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Educated to post graduate level in building conservation (or related discipline) with demonstrable professional experience, or to degree level in building conservation (or related discipline) with significant built heritage experience. Have (or be working towards) full membership of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
  • Good knowledge of guidance, legislation and planning policy pertaining to the historic environment.
  • Good level of technical experience and knowledge of building conservation/historic buildings, including: site analysis, researching and preparing evidence base reports, and experience of development management and listed building consent proposals.
  • Awareness of commercial practices and how these contribute to the success of the wider team, with some business development experience, including preparation of bids and tenders.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presentation, allied with confident and professional interpersonal skills.
  • Good project management skills, including ability to prioritise work whilst maintaining focus on key projects or activities, within tightly defined timescales.
  • Experienced in using all Microsoft application. Working knowledge of one or more of the following: AutoCAD, GIS or Adobe Suite would be beneficial but not essential.
  • Required to be mobile throughout an operational area and therefore a valid driving licence and use of a car is required, unless the role can be undertaken effectively by alternative transport arrangements.

You will work collaboratively to deliver a high quality specialist service, working independently or as part of a team, within the key market area; discussing development management and listed building consent proposals with clients, applicants and/or their agents, providing concise and timely advice on appropriate options based on expert analysis and assessment and a sound understanding of legislation, policy and good practice.

Closing Date: 28th June 12pm


To find out more about Place Services please visit our website

For an informal discussion or any queries about the position please contact the Historic Environment Manager, Tim Murphy / 0333 032 0847.

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