Purcell: Senior Heritage Consultant

Competitive salary with a variety of excellent benefits
Location: Role covers the East Region (can be based from Cambridge, Norwich or Colchester office)

We are looking for a dedicated, knowledgeable and capable Senior Heritage Consultant to join our heritage consultancy team. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the successful management and conservation of important heritage assets in the east of England and further afield. We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced individual who can inspire creativity and confidence amongst clients, consultants and colleagues alike, delivering excellent advice, promoting Purcell and conservation, and contribute to the development of new business opportunities. We will consider both part time and full-time applicants.

Purcell is the largest conservation practice in the world and offers the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects from timber-framed farmhouses to national institutions. We take the best of the past and ensure it is passed on to future generations by making it used and loved in the present. You will have many opportunities to shape the future of heritage assets of all sizes and types.

Reporting to the HC Team East Lead, you will work as part of the regional team as well as the wider practice. You will be able to take responsibility for the successful management and efficient delivery of your project work, and managing contributions by other staff and sub-consultants.  You will provide heritage advice and guidance, undertake research and assessment of buildings and sites within the historic environment, and compose and contribute to various reports such as Conservation Management Plans, Historic Buildings Appraisals and Impact Assessments. You will also prepare fee proposals and contribute to larger bids.


  • A skills base in Archaeology, History, Art History or relevant field is a must, with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Historic building experience and conservation skills
  • Excellent skills and demonstrable experience of archival and desk-based research, on-site built fabric analysis and producing well-written reports.
  • Experience of providing heritage advice.
  • Experience of managing your own workload and running multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Working knowledge of current English heritage legislation, policy and guidance.


  • Membership(s) of professional institutions, such as the IHBC.
  • A UK driving license.
  • Experience of preparing tenders and fee proposals.

Excellent written and oral communication skills are vital, as is the ability to adapt to a variety of circumstances. A can-do attitude and an ability to engage creatively and originally in all aspects of the job are essential. Contributing to the practice and the promotion of good heritage conservation will extend beyond project work. A willingness to travel is essential as you will be supporting colleagues in our Colchester, Cambridge and Norwich studios.

We offer a competitive salary with a variety of excellent benefits, you will have the opportunity to progress within the Practice and draw on our national expertise.

Further information and APPLY ONLINE where you can submit a copy of your CV and portfolio by following the application work flow at the bottom of the page.

Please note, that due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to provide individual feedback to candidates. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of your original application, unfortunately you have been unsuccessful in your application and we wish you well in your job search.

Company website: https://www.purcelluk.com/

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