Project Manager

Canterbury Archaeological Trust
Closing date: 
Monday, December 5, 2022
Full time (37.5 hours per week), permanent after a probationary period
£33,220 to £40,696 (based on experience)
 Based in Canterbury and/or Dover, Kent


Canterbury Archaeological Trust is seeking to appoint a Project Manager to join the existing fieldwork team. The post will entail managing multiple projects, with teams both in the field and undertaking post-excavation work. The successful candidate will liaise with existing and potential clients and curators, manage fieldwork and post-excavation projects, co-ordinate with the finds and environmental teams, produce and oversee the production of reports, and in all ways contribute to ensuring the successful delivery of CAT projects. The postholder will report directly to the Operations Manager.

Canterbury Archaeological Trust was established over 40 years ago, with a strong emphasis on high quality archaeological work, public outreach and education. We employ almost 50 staff, with our work focussing on sites of all periods from the Palaeolithic until the present day, largely centred on south-east England.  The Trust is committed to the long-term employment of its staff, supporting their well-being and continuing professional development.

Key Responsibilities

CAT is seeking a candidate who will manage a variety of projects. The key responsibilities will involve:

Managerial and financial

  • Efficient and effective management of multiple fieldwork and post-excavation projects, from small-scale investigations to large and complex multi-site projects
  • Successful coordination with clients, curators, staff and other stakeholders, with an ability to negotiate and communicate information effectively and appropriately
  • The management of budgets to ensure projects are completed within negotiated parameters
  • The preparation of material to assist the finance team with invoicing

Project specific

  • The production of Risk Assessments, Written Schemes of Investigation and other project paperwork required for successful and safe project implementation
  • Ongoing cooperation and liaison with the Trust’s Operations Manager
  • Efficient and effective liaison with the Trust’s finds and environmental teams
  • Direct management of and responsibility for fieldwork and post-excavation teams
  • The management and production of written reports on the Trust’s archaeological activities to a high professional and academic standard, within budget and to schedule
  • Checking, proof-reading and editing the work of others, to established standards, procedures and guidelines.

Staffing and organisational

  • Mentoring and training of other members of staff, to ensure their continuing professional development
  • Management which ensures that quality is maintained, and the reputation of CAT upheld
  • Working in a way that is at all times professional and respectful to colleagues
  • Working towards the success of the organisation as a whole

Key Requirements

  • A degree in archaeology or a related subject
  • CIfA membership at ACIfA or MCIfA level
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Comprehensive excavation experience, preferably of complex large-scale projects
  • Experience of managing multiple fieldwork and post-excavation projects
  • A proven and demonstrable track record of the production and editing of archaeological reports
  • A broad understanding of British commercial archaeology and a proven record of client-focused engagement with existing and potential clients
  • Sound IT skills, including MS Office. Proficient use of AutoCad is desirable but not essential, as training will be given
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamworking and communication skills, and the ability to lead a team undertaking multiple projects.
  • Ability to work unsupervised with strong decision-making skills
  • Adherence to specifications and budgets whilst demonstrating good time management skills
  • Active engagement with and enthusiasm for archaeology
  • Management level knowledge and understanding of H&S, ideally SMSTS qualified
  • Good understanding of stratigraphic theory and practice, and of the procedures and methodology of assessment, analysis and reporting
  • An understanding of the technical and specialist services required to take a project to successful completion.

Attractive Benefits Package, including:

  • 25 days annual leave in addition to statutory Bank Holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Membership of company pension scheme
  • Fully paid membership of CIfA
  • Paid time and expenses to attend conferences and training courses


This is a permanent post, subject to a qualifying probationary period.

Please send cv and covering letter, including the earliest date you are available to start work, to

For an informal discussion, please contact the Trust’s Director of Commercial Services, Mark Houliston – 01227 825252;

Applicants must be a British citizen or hold a current work permit. Proof of eligibility will be required prior to any offer of employment; if you hold a Work Permit you should send a copy with your application or it will not be considered.

Canterbury Archaeological Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Registered Charity No. 278861, Company Registration No. 1441517

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