Simpson & Brown: Heritage Consultant

£21,000 – £23,000 salary range (depending on qualifications and experience)
Full-time (37.5 hrs pw)
Fixed-term, 1 year (maternity cover – possibility of extension)
Based in Edinburgh

Simpson & Brown are leading experts in historic buildings and sites with 42 years of experience working with some of the United Kingdom’s most important built heritage. The Heritage Consultancy Team, based in Edinburgh, provides expert advice on how to balance the conservation of our heritage with the social, cultural and economic needs of today.

We produce informative and decisive documents that help manage change in the historic environment. Our reports are recognised as leaders in the field, and have supported projects all over the UK and beyond: private, public, community and lottery-funded. As part of a wider architecture and archaeology practice, we use skills and experience from across the office to ensure reports are effective, helping to engage with stakeholders, funders, planners and decision-makers.

Simpson & Brown is committed to employee development, having a strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and all employees are eligible for funding to pursue their own CPD goals through training, seminars, conferences etc.

The role
Simpson & Brown is looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and experienced person to join the Heritage Consultancy team in Edinburgh. Working in this team requires versatility and a willingness to be involved in a variety of work relating to the historic built environment. The position would be full time. This is a one-year, fixed-term appointment starting in February 2020 (maternity cover). There would be a possibility of extension, workload dependent.

The work primarily consists of researching and writing a variety of documents relating to the built environment. These documents include strong components of historical analysis (based on primary and secondary sources), physical analysis of building fabric, analysis of views and setting, assessments of significance (Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland methodologies) and recommendations based on local and national planning/heritage policy.

One thing that makes Simpson & Brown documents market-leading is the use of analytical illustrations done in house, which summarise these components, to convey the key messages of the document to the reader.

Our documents include conservation statements, conservation plans, heritage statements, and heritage impact assessments for all types of built heritage assets, and including designed landscapes. These documents influence the design process, and good general architectural knowledge with some technical knowledge is essential. It is also necessary to have a basic understanding of the economics of architectural conservation and the historic built environment.

Work involves some site work and time away from the office in Edinburgh, often to sites not accessible by public transport, so a driving license is highly desirable.

The key abilities required in this role are being able to work as part of a team, contributing to projects being worked on by several people with a Partner in charge, and being able to work independently on projects, communicating directly with clients and manging timescales.

The job description is not intended to be exhaustive and other duties within the practice may be required including occasional general office administration and support to other members of staff.

Knowledge and experience

  • Broad knowledge of the history of architecture, art and landscape architecture in Britain
  • Experience of working with the Scottish and English planning systems relating to the historic built environment
  • Good general and some technical architectural knowledge
  • Knowledge and experience of assessing cultural significance in the historic environment
  • Some experience of working in a commercial environment


  • A good undergraduate degree in conservation of the historic environment, architectural history, archaeology, or history of art with special focus on the historic environment.

Skills: essential

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Intermediate competency in Microsoft Office, with advanced competency in MS Word
  • Basic/intermediate competency in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop or Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Excellent organisational skills to manage multiple and competing demands, and ability to work under pressure to deliver to deadlines

Desirable knowledge, qualifications and skills

  • IHBC Associate or IHBC Accredited
  • Other specialist skills, for example marine archaeology and historic landscape characterisation
  • Specialist knowledge of a particular historical period
  • Post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline
  • Confident in giving presentations/talks and networking
  • Full and clean driving license

How to apply
Please email your CV with a covering letter to, by close of business, Friday 20th December 2019.

Interviews will be conducted during week commencing 6th of January 2020.

For further information, please visit our website.

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