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Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas

Job details
Posting date: 14 June 2024
Salary: £36,603 to £36,603 per year, pro rata
Additional salary information: plus generous benefits
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 07 July 2024
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
Remote working: Hybrid - work remotely up to 3 days per week
Company: Historic England
Job type: Permanent
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We are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. We champion historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

Historic England are seeking two Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas to join us in helping to bring change across major cities and rural communities. It's a busy time for the Midlands region, offering lots of variety and an opportunity for you to take on a significant level of responsibility with the assistance of an established team. This is an ideal opportunity for somebody wanting to develop their career.

This role is focused on the historic county of Lincolnshire plus other casework and engagement as required.

The Development Advice Teams provide Historic England’s statutory and non-statutory advice to our customers, engaging where we add most value to decision-making through our distinctive contribution as national experts. The Development Advice Teams will also work closely with other teams to assist communities in looking after historic places and in the advancement of Historic England’s objectives.

What you will be doing

As part of the Development Advice Teams, you will take delegated responsibility for the delivery of Historic England’s advice on proposals for change in the historic environment that fall within your area of competence. Applying the ethos of ‘constructive conservation’ and making effective use of Conservation Principles in all your advisory work, you will provide advice to owners, local authorities and others, to proactively work towards the sustainable management of the historic environment. You will also contribute to specific projects where their expertise would add value, for example as part of the Historic England Places strategy.

Who we are looking for

A good understanding of relevant Government policy, guidance and statutory procedures for the historic environment in the planning system, including LBC and Ecclesiastical Exemption.

A methodical and analytical approach to understanding proposals for change to heritage assets and assessing their impact.

Excellent negotiating, influencing and stakeholder engagement skills to achieve positive outcomes for the historic environment.

Constructive and creative problem- solving skills.

Excellent team-working, collaboration and project management skills.

Working under pressure and the ability to prioritise.

Excellent written and verbal communication.

Please note:

The role requires regular travel to sites not serviced by public transport and you will require a driving licence (unless a specific reasonable adjustment is required for inclusion)

The role requires visiting/inspecting sites which is likely to require climbing scaffolding and negotiating confined spaces (e.g. church roofs).

The role may require occasional attendance at community or planning meetings which are usually held at evenings or weekends.

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.

We are an inclusive employer and believe that flexible working options are for everyone. We want to make sure our working arrangements don’t prevent anyone from joining us because of their personal circumstances. We also want to provide you with the best balance in your home and work life that we can.

We are open to considering options including job sharing, part-time working, compressed hours working and different working locations, including hybrid working. Please visit our jobs pages or contact us to find out more.

Why work for Historic England

We offer a wide benefits package including a competitive pension scheme starting at 26% contributions, a generous 28 days holiday, corporate discounts, free entry into English Heritage sites across the country 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 if you have any recruitment queries.

To ensure a fair and inclusive recruitment process for everyone the use of AI or automated tools is not permitted.

Interview dates - Monday 15th July and Friday 19th July 2024

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