Career opportunity

Principal / Associate Director Historic Environment Consultant – Milton Keynes / Basingstoke / Southampton

South East

Over the past nine years Ecus has developed a reputation for pragmatic and proportionate advice whilst working collaboratively with clients to find solutions to their heritage issues.

With continual growth, along with the recent acquisition of Northern Archaeological Associates, Ecus is wishing to find a suitable candidate to join the existing Heritage and Archaeology team in the South East Region who can be a key contributor to that development of services.

  • What we can offer our employees

    Our Offering

    • A competitive salary
    • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
    • Additional days holiday per year worked (up to 5 additional days) after 2 years’ service
    • Company matched pension scheme
    • Employee perks scheme
    • ‘Health Cash Plan’ including access to face to face counselling
    • Hybrid / Flexible Working, including “flex-from-first
    • Regional and Companywide events
    • Career development and progression (Professional Membership(s) paid)
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Inter-regional technical working groups
    • Volunteer days and matched charity fundraising

    We are proud of our innovative nature, customer focus and drive to continually improve.  We put people at the heart of what we do and employ more than 100 individuals throughout a network of 10 regional offices.

  • Working for Us

    Investing in our People

    Whether you are an individual just starting your career or join us bringing years of experience with you, we will support you in developing your career.  We investing in ensuring our employees have the right professional development opportunities, and provide our teams with the most up to date technology.  This keeps us at the forefront of our sectors.

    Become part of our team and you’ll be working alongside technical experts who take pride in the quality of service we offer at every stage of the project lifecycle.

  • About this Opportunity

    What we are looking for

    We are recruiting for a Principal or Associate Director Historic Environment Consultant to develop our Heritage Team. This offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to develop and grow our Ecus Heritage team further across the UK. The role is anticipated to be based in one of the South East offices (Milton Keynes, Basingstoke or Southampton), however other locations will be considered for the right candidate.

    You will be a full member of a relevant heritage, or equivalent professional body, with a minimum of 8 years’ professional experience, ideally in a commercial consultancy environment. With an established track record and exceptional subject knowledge you will be looking for a new challenge in a growing company that will not only enable you to lead and develop your career, but also the team.

    The successful candidate will be a key member of the Company’s Senior team, reporting directly to the Business Manager and working with the Head of Profession.

    Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

    • Preparation and review of fee quotes and tenders in a timely manner.
    • Leading on a wide variety of heritage projects on time and in budget.
    • Line managing a small team of junior staff; providing a strong technical and mentoring lead.
    • To compose and contribute to various heritage reports (Heritage Statements, Setting Assessments, Statements of Significance, EIA, Management Plans, Building Recording) and take responsibility for the successful management and high-quality delivery of your teams’ project work.
    • Maintaining and developing client relationships.
    • Working with the Head of Profession and Regional Managers to grow the business
  • Essential Skills / Experience

    Requirements for our role

    • Relevant degree – or have an interest/specialism (i.e. archaeology, historic environment, historic buildings, landscape archaeology)
    • Have an established heritage generalist or specialist skill area (built heritage, archaeology, landscapes) to support the business’ aims
    • Experience of managing staff and securing work in a consultancy environment
    • Experience of managing a wide variety of clients and historic environment projects
    • Membership of IHBC, or equivalent professional body, at Member level.
    • Experience in assessing heritage significance and setting.
    • Authoritative knowledge of national legislation and planning policy in respect to heritage management
    • Excellent communication and report writing skills
    • CSCS is desirable but training can be provided.
    • Full driving licence
  • How to Apply

    Everything you need to know to get your application started

    There are two ways to apply for this role, through the application form below, or by sending your information to us via email.

    Applications can be made via email to and should include a CV and covering letter outlining the position applied for along with a portfolio (if applicable) to demonstrate your range of technical skills and experience.

    Supporting file requirements

    For CVs, covering letters and portfolios, keep the files to less than 10MB each or include a sharing download link if they exceed this size.

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