Jacobs Principal Archaeologist in Leeds, United Kingdom

Principal Archaeologist


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 74,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

Our Environment, Maritime & Resilience business provides a focus for advising our clients on sustainability issues including renewable energy, low carbon economies, impacts of climate change and waste and resource management. Our environmental capabilities comprise of in excess of 1000 staff based predominantly in the UK, but with reach into the Middle East and in India.

To meet our growing UK business needs and future development aspirations we are looking for a Principal Archaeologist to be based from our Leeds office. The successful individual will support a range of projects for clients in major public and private sector organisations and willbecome part of a respected and ambitious company with excellent career prospects and international opportunities.

Primary Job Responsibilities

You will have relevant experience in the preparation of desk-based assessments, desk-based surveys, and experience preparing cultural heritage inputs to all stages of EIA. Infrastructure, in particular highways experience would be of particular value as would experience in designing, procuring and managing archaeological fieldwork.

We are seeking strong technical skills along with excellent report writing ability, and you will be a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. In return, we can offer involvement in a wide range of exciting and often high profile projects, with significant opportunities to develop technical and management skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead on cultural heritage inputs to all stages of EIA.

  • Manage the production of desk-based assessments and heritage statements.

  • Design of evaluation and mitigation, procurement and management of contractors.

  • Provide client advice and support on heritage matters relating to planning, EIA and the development in general.

  • Liaise with clients, engineers, other design team members, and curators.

  • Mentor and provide leadership of more junior staff.

  • Develop and maintain excellent client relationships.

  • Support business development initiatives.



  • A good degree qualification in archaeology or related discipline.

  • A track record of successful delivery of heritage inputs to EIA on large scale projects, with experience of working within multidisciplinary teams.

  • Proven record in the delivery of desk-based assessments, desk-based surveys and heritage statements.

  • Design of evaluation and mitigation.

  • Procurement and management of contractors.

  • Strong technical skills in cultural heritage, with excellent report writing skills.

  • Staff/resource management capability.

Desirable :

  • Second/higher degree desirable

  • Experience of buildings archaeology.

  • Experience of historic landscape studies.

  • GIS (ESRI/Mapinfo) skills.

  • Road scheme experience, including a working knowledge of DMRB.

  • Candidates should be willing to work out of other JACOBS offices in the UK as required.

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you’ll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have recently celebrated 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘ BeyondZero ’.We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we promote STEM and WISE (Women in Science & Engineering)initiatives. When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred oninclusion and diversity. To find out more about our networks, check out our website:


We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Leeds

Other Locations United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Birmingham, United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Bristol, United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Wokingham, United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Manchester

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