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Title Cultural Heritage Principal Advisor
Ref HE/3210
Directorate Professional & Technical Solutions
Location Bristol, Guildford, Bedford, Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds offices.
Salary £47,304 - £54,400
Number of Positions 1
Working Pattern Full Time
Closing Date 22 Jan 2017

About Us

Highways England is the new government owned company responsible for driving forward our motorways and major A roads. This includes; modernising and maintaining the highways, running the network and keeping traffic moving. Over recent years, investment in our highways has increased. This has led to advances in technology, such as smart motorways; enabling traffic to flow better. However, even more is yet to be done.

Certainty of funding and greater flexibility will enable us to become a better business. In our first 5 years alone, we’ll invest £11 billion in motorways and A roads – boosting capacity, tackling congestion and improving safety. At the same time, we’ll improve how we work. That means we will be able to; plan roadworks better to minimise disruption; clear incidents more quickly; and save more than £1 billion by working more efficiently.

For further information on Highways England, please visit our website:

Job Description

We are inviting applications from candidates with Cultural Heritage experience to join us as Principal Cultural Heritage Advisor in our Environment Group within Professional Technical Solutions (PTS), based in our Bristol, Guildford, Bedford, Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds offices.


PTS is responsible for supporting the operational delivery of our road network by developing standards, policy & methodologies, as well as providing technical advice to those areas of the company responsible for delivery.


As part of PTS, the Environment Group supports us in achieving high performance in the environmental, sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and social responsibility (including equality and diversity) aspects of our work. This is achieved through the development of policy and the provision of advice and guidance, and especially the development of truly collaborative partnerships with both internal colleagues and external stakeholders.


The Principal Cultural Heritage Advisor, is a newly created and high profile role within Highways England; acting as a strategic lead on Cultural Heritage matters, support us in ensuring that all activity on our network is delivered in a manner that does not harm the environment; but instead delivers long term benefits to the natural and built environment, creating a sustainable future for all.


This is an exceptional opportunity to not only play a key role in ensuring Highways England’s Cultural Heritage policies support good environmental design, legislative and policy compliance but to further your professional profile by gaining unique and varied experience.


If this sounds like your next career move, please demonstrate (by providing specific evidence) how you meet the following criteria:


  • Recognised professional expertise and evidence of commitment to CPD, along with either existing full membership of one of the following bodies: CIfA, IHBC, RIBA, CIAT, ICON, the Landscape Institute, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or evidence of attaining the requirements/standards necessary for full membership of such bodies
  • A post graduate qualification (or equivalent) including BSc, BA, MSc, MA, HND/HNC Foundation Degree in a relevant subject, such as: Archaeology or history; Architectural history; Architecture; Building conservation; Heritage management; Landscape architecture or urban design; Planning.
  • Proven experience of providing specialist advice in historic architecture, buildings and conservation, and/or archaeology and the assessment of impacts and mitigation design. Ability to demonstrate and understanding, working within and application of legislation, including European.




  • Experience of designing and developing cultural heritage policy documents or standards.
  • Experience of collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders and lead a shared way forward where views / perspectives may differ.
  • Experience of providing information and advice on developing technical documents to a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to demonstrate/explain the implications of legislation and articulate best practice in policy development

Interviews will take place on 9 & 10 February 2017 in Birmingham and you will be informed by 30 January if you have been successful in being shortlisted for interview

All applications must be accompanied with a current CV which will be used to assess your suitability for the role. Please ensure all the skills, experience and qualifications requested are clearly demonstrated in your CV as explained in the body of the advert

Please note that Highways England reserve the right to close the advert before the advertised closing date should a sufficient response have been received.  Therefore, please complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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