Senior Heritage Consultant


We are looking for a committed, ambitious and knowledgeable senior person to join our heritage consultancy team. This position offers an exciting opportunity to help shape the direction of heritage consultancy in London and the South East, as one of four regional heritage teams; managing change to significant places and developing our business and heritage team. If you are an experienced Senior Heritage Consultant looking to take that next step, we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who can inspire creativity and confidence amongst clients, consultants and colleagues alike, delivering excellent advice, promoting Purcell and conservation, and developing new business opportunities.

Purcell is an award-winning employee-owned architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a commitment to quality, innovation, and diversity. We have staff of approximately 280 talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 14 offices, in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia. Winners of Architect Employer of the Year 2022.

Collaboration is central to our employee-ownership culture, providing opportunities to work on some of the finest buildings; from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design. We offer a rewarding and supportive environment for personal and professional development and our employee-owned ethos empowers everyone to use their voice. We believe in creating an equitable and inclusive culture, founded on our values, which celebrates knowledge sharing and our successes, to build an inspiring work environment.

It is our distinctive employee-owned working culture that has contributed to our status as a World Architecture Top 100 Practice, renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.

Our benefits package includes agile, flexible and hybrid working, (a minimum of 3 days in office, up to 2 days WFH) annual leave increasing with long service, life assurance, study sponsorship with paid study leave, sabbaticals, employee assistance programme, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, virtual GP service, subscription fees, company day out, a volunteering scheme and enhanced learning & development opportunities.

Based in our London studio and reporting to the regional heritage team leader, you will act as project leader on a variety of projects, making decisions, providing heritage advice, advocacy and guidance. Your focus will be providing bespoke and high-quality advice, with outputs including conservation management plans, significance and capacity analysis, and heritage impact assessments.

A key element of the role will be to help expand our project portfolio in the south east, requiring experience in business development, bid preparation, networking and drawing upon existing contacts in the region. There is an expectation that you would over time take on management of other team members in your region, managing resource, financial profitability, reviewing work.

Skills & Qualifications


  • A skills base in building conservation, buildings archaeology, heritage planning or other relevant field is a must, with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent skills and demonstrable experience of archival and desk-based research, on-site built fabric analysis and producing well-written reports.
  • Proven track record in providing advice as heritage lead.
  • Experience of planning and managing your own workload and the workload of others and managing multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Experience of preparing fee proposals and bids
  • Working knowledge of current English heritage legislation, policy and guidance.
  • Knowledge of the market in London and the south-east
  • Membership(s) of professional institutions, such as the IHBC. or CIFA

Highly desirable:

  • Line management experience
  • Demonstrable track record in work winning for yourself and a team.
  • A UK driving licence.

This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of Purcell.

As world leaders of Heritage and Conservation, Purcell is committed to embracing diversity and equal opportunity within our international teams, reflective of the society in which we work and live.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and celebrate differences through our culture of employee ownership.

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