Full time, 2 year fixed-term contract
We are seeking an expert in Building and Landscape Design to manage change to our existing Historic Buildings, promoting sustainable alternative uses – ensuring that the essence of the places we look after is preserved, whilst bringing new life to under-utilised spaces in the National Trust estate.
An original thinker – a practical visionary who sees potential where others can’t – you’ll ensure that our Buildings find uses which contribute to the Trust’s work for years to come, enhancing and preserving not only the fabric of the Buildings, but the Spirit of the Places themselves.
Please note this is a full-time fixed-term contract for a period of 2 years
What it’s like to work here
Heelis, the Central Office for the National Trust, is situated in Swindon, Wiltshire, and houses approximately 700 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General. The building was designed to be highly sustainable and has won several nationally-recognised awards; the open-plan offices and friendly social spaces help us to foster a truly collaborative working environment.
We’re well-placed, with the railway station and ample parking nearby, a shopping outlet on the doorstep and the town centre only a 10-minute walk away. And our in-house café provides us with delicious meals and snacks every day.
What you’ll be doing
Working within the Rural Asset Management Team, you’ll provide Expert advice on the Adaptive Re-use of existing Historic Buildings and their surroundings, using your interpretation of the Buildings and their environs to provide advice on alternatives to their current uses – including, where appropriate, the use of new build.
You’ll promote and develop a culture of good Design and imaginative re-use of buildings across the National Trust, building confidence about what change is possible, all the while maintaining Historic and Architectural integrity by providing excellent Advice, Guidance, Coaching and Training. You’ll support colleagues and Specialist Volunteers as well as External Consultants, ensuring that the latest external best practice is shared.
You’ll contribute to, articulate, promote and audit Design Standards and Guidance to comply with relevant legislation and satisfy the National Trust’s Design, Conservation, use and access ambitions.
And you’ll work collaboratively with other Professional disciplines across the Trust, providing advice to help achieve our Strategic Objectives, ensuring that good Design is embedded within strategic initiatives, and promoting our work to audiences within and outside the organisation in a manner that is truly inspiring.
Who we’re looking for
To succeed in this role you will need to possess the following:-
- A Degree/equivalent in Architecture, Building Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Design or Architectural Conservation and/or postgraduate qualifications or equivalent level of experience.
- Sound in-depth knowledge of Design Principles, the Built Environment, Building Pathology, Planning guidance, Construction Economics and relevant legislation.
- A broad knowledge of the application of Design principles in Heritage settings.
- A high standard of Consulting skills, the ability to build trust and deliver a quality service, as well as to understand and influence people, explaining benefits & changing practice & behaviour. Excellent communication and public speaking skills are also essential.
- Creative and innovative thinking.
- The ability to build effective relationships with, coach and mentor related professionals at all levels, internally and externally and to work as part of a team sharing learning and ideas.
- Project management skills – to be capable of both delivering and contributing to the delivery of construction projects.
- Experience of developing and delivering high quality, practical and pragmatic design solutions and delivering expert advice in reaching complex design solutions, analysing large amounts of information, balancing divergent perspectives in support of multiple, complex projects.
- Experience of procuring and managing suppliers.
- Experience of representing an organisation externally.
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched – up to 10% of basic salary – contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!
Further information and APPLY ONLINE
Closing Date: 24 June 2019
Provisional interview date: 3rd July 2019, in Swindon