Historic England: Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas

£38,993 plus generous benefits
Full time*, temporary (6 month Fixed Term Contract until April 2023)
Location: London with the option for hybrid working between home and office
Reference No: 10311

We are seeking an Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas to join our Development Advice Team in London and the South East providing Historic England`s statutory and non-statutory advice to our customers.

The role will be based in the London office. With the move to hybrid working flexible arrangements can be agreed to open the opportunity to candidates from outside the Region. *We are open to secondment enquiries and part time working requests.

What you`ll be doing

Historic England`s national expertise is locally delivered through a network of regional teams advising on over 20,000 statutory applications for change every year. This vacancy is with the London and South East Region and a chance to join the friendly and high-performing development advice teams. It is based in London, and whilst some travel will be required to diverse historic sites across the South East of England, the move to hybrid working does offer opportunities to balance this with home-based working.

As an Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas you will be joining the Development Advice Team. You will take delegated responsibility for the delivery of our advice on proposals for change in the historic environment across the South East, providing advice on the sustainable management of the historic environment.

As a key member of the Development Advice Team, you will use your knowledge to provide planning and sustainable management advice in relation to buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical), historic places, areas and designed landscapes, providing advice in response to pre-application and formal consultations across the fascinating historic environment of South East England.

You will assess proposals, obtaining any further information required, and deliver our advice to agreed timescales and to excellent customer service standards.

You will undertake pre-application discussions with potential applicants where appropriate, to negotiate creative solutions to problems.

You will work collaboratively across teams in a partnership approach, contributing to shared objectives and key heritage challenges such as rejuvenating the high street and creating better places and spaces for all.

Who We Are Looking For

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Broad and extensive experience of managing change to historic buildings and areas, including through the planning system, LBC and Ecclesiastical Exemption.
  • A thorough knowledge of secular and ecclesiastical architectural history and the morphology of historic places in England, and the techniques of their study.
  • An understanding of architecture and urban design in relation to new development in historic places.
  • The ability to think creatively with good problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to be an authoritative and persuasive advocate.
  • Good written communication skills.

As this role requires regular travel to sites not serviced by public transport, a full driving licence is very likely to be required.

Please make clear reference to the key essential skills in the advert when you are completing your application and highlight examples of any related knowledge, skills and experienced based on these.

We are an equal opportunity employer which values diversity and inclusion. If you have a disability or neurodiversity, we would be happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the job with you. Having just won the Gold Award from MIND, we also recognise the importance of a healthy work-life balance.

Why work for Historic England

We offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme starting at 21% contributions, a generous 28 days holiday, corporate discounts, free entry into English Heritage sites across the county and development opportunities to ensure you achieve your goals.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity for everyone. Diversity helps us to perform better and attract more people to support our work. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates and candidates with disabilities as they are underrepresented within Historic England at this level.

Historic England want all of our candidates to shine in the recruitment process. Please tell us what we can do to make sure you can show us your very best self. You can contact us by email at ResourcingTeam@Historicengland.org.uk or telephone 07763387811 if you have any recruitment queries.

Final applications 24 August 2022
Provisional interview date 08th September at Cannon Bridge House, London

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