Join us as Head of Projects

Unique opportunity at Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is the charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew's royal buildings and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland. Welcoming over five million visitors every year, we are financially self-sufficient and deliver our twin charitable aims of conservation and education with no public funding. Visitor experience lies at the heart of our work — explaining the site’s history and championing best practice in conservation and design, which means working with leading craftspeople and consultants.

We have a track record of success and are award winners in building conservation including winning the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors London 2016 Project of the Year. We have a reputation for self-reliance, innovation and high standards in everything we do but are not resting on our laurels — a culture of continuous improvement will always be critical in generating the change that is needed to refresh our product and meet new demands.

The Banqueting House in a wrap material depicting Ruben's ceiling. Whitehall can be seen in the foreground
Children and parents play on two red and blue towers - the King's and Queen's Towers - in the sunshine at The Magic Garden

We are now seeking a Head of Projects with a genuine fascination for historic buildings. Reporting to the Director of Palaces and Collections, you will work alongside the Surveyor of the Fabric, Chief Curators and Head of Conservation and Collections Care. You will be an instrumental lead in shaping and delivering the major development projects that transform the amazing heritage sites in HRP’s care.

Leading the team of professional Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Project Support in developing and maintaining the Strategic Projects Plan and delivering annual programmes of major projects — we have a multi-million programme of building works: new build, refurbishment, conversion, representation, accommodation and infrastructure projects — will provide much interest and variety in the role.

What we are looking for

Along with project management expertise you will be expected to provide strong leadership within the Palaces and Collections Directorate and to the Projects team, so strong communication and coaching skills are essential, as well as acting as ambassador for their work.

The successful candidate will have a professional qualification in a construction discipline as well as extensive experience of managing and delivering major projects to meet exacting client requirements, cost, quality and programme criteria in accordance with HRP strategic goals and objectives. Experience in construction and design, procurement and contracting, statutory planning systems and grants and fundraising is required, as is senior stakeholder management where influencing and collaboration is key.

The  Great Pagoda, an imitation Chinese octagonal tower of ten storeys, designed by architect Sir William Chambers and completed in 1762. The pagoda was reopened to the public on 13 July 2018 following a five-year restoration project.
A group of visitors enjoying a viewing of the Red Room, one of Hillsborough Castle's State Rooms. Two young girls appear in the foreground along with a young couple. A small group of older ladies and gentlemen can be seen in the background having just entered the room. The walls are lined with a deep red silk damask and a variety of oil paintings in gold frames of various sizes fill the walls. A chandelier hangs above a small round wooden table in the centre of the room. The walls are lined with grey and gold detailing.

If it sounds like your area of expertise and interest, submit your CV and application online and tell us why you're the perfect person to join our team of professionals working on our listed buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Closing Date: Sunday 15 September 2019

Salary: circa £72k

Historic Royal Palaces offer a range of benefits, including competitive pension scheme, enhanced holiday entitlement, bonus scheme, membership, career development – as well as being a truly unique place to work.

Find out more about what it's like to work for HRP
The east front of Kensington Palace and gardens with the statue of Queen Victoria in the foreground, under a blue sky.
Exterior view of the White Tower and the lawn taken from the south by the Wakefield Tower
The West Gate of Hampton Court Palace, with visitors walking and cycling in front, under a blue sky