Project Officers - Northampton

Job Ref: PO620N
Pay range: £27,470 to £29,469 (Salary dependent on experience)
Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Locations: Northampton based, but travel to sites across the UK will be required
Duration: Varied; Permanent and fixed term contracts available

We are looking for Project Officers to join our expanding team in Northampton during a period of sustained business growth based from the Northampton office. We have a diverse and interesting portfolio of exciting projects throughout the UK and an expanding client base.

The role will be based in the MOLA Northampton office and at project sites as required, so a level of flexibility to work away is required when conditions allow such works to take place.

MOLA has an extensive and diverse range of projects starting in May and June across the midlands, including Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.  These provide the opportunities for committed individuals to advance their careers, undertaking important pieces of work for one of the largest commercial archaeological organisations in the UK.  There are opportunities to develop careers and expertise beyond Project Officer, within an environment that values individuals and the contributions they bring to the organisation, recognising the importance of work/life balance.

The role:
The Project Officer will be responsible for medium to large projects primarily involving excavation and post-fieldwork analysis, reporting and publication but could also include evaluation, survey work and building recording.

The successful candidate will have proven extensive and relevant experience within commercial archaeology.  They will have good prioritising and organisational skills in running archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation projects, with an ability to work to fixed timescales and deadlines.  They will be able to provide evidence of clarity in both written and spoken communication and be able to liaise effectively with colleagues, clients, and planning archaeologists.  They will have sound understanding of archaeological project costing and budgets.

The ideal person will already be working in a project supervisory capacity and this could provide an ideal opportunity for someone looking move to the next stage of their career.  Training and mentoring would be provided for the right candidate with the ambition to move their career forward as part of MOLA’s commitment to career development.

Please note:  We have comprehensive COVID-19 plans in place and are following all current Government and Public Health England guidance on establishing and maintaining a safe working environment during COVID-19 (  We are in constant dialogue with clients and staff representatives and we’re doing all we can to ensure all staff can continue to work and operate safely while travelling to site, working on site, and working in our offices.   All new starters will receive a thorough and up to date health and safety briefing. For more details regarding MOLA's plan, please see the details here:

Membership of the CIfA is preferred at AIFA level or above.  A full clean driving licence is essential for this role as regular travel will be required.

Employee Benefits:
We offer a range of benefits to our employees including the following:
•    30 days annual leave (including bank holidays), rising based on service length
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Life Assurance and Sickness Income Protection Policies
•    Health care cash plan (including dependent children)
•    Subsidy for relevant professional memberships
•    Cycle Scheme
•    Relocation incentive of up to £1000 subject to eligibility
•    Free access to many of London’s museums and galleries (excluding ticketed events)

We are committed to mentoring and training staff at all levels in order to develop individual capability and enhance career prospects.  We offer a highly competitive salary and a generous benefits package.

Please note:
•    For more information about the role and to apply, please download the full job description and application form below.
•    Applications without an application form will not be considered.
•    When completing the application form, please state which position you are applying for using the job reference PO620N
•    Applications should be submitted electronically to   
•    The closing date for the vacancy is 31st October at 23:59.

Early applications are advised as applications will be reviewed upon receipt and start dates are available immediately and throughout September and October 2020.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK without restrictions.  Proof of eligibility will be required prior to commencement.

MOLA promotes diversity and equality of opportunity at all levels, and welcomes applications from people regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, or religion or belief.