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Subject: Position at National Archives, Kew

Position at National Archives, Kew

From: Kerry Wilson <kerry.wilson>
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2003
Conservation Manager
The National Archives, Kew

We are the National Archives (NA) of the United Kingdom and in
particular of England and Wales. As a leading source of archival
research material, we hold 167 kilometres of Government and legal
records from Domesday Book to modern Cabinet papers

The Conservation department is looking for a highly motivated,
innovative person to manage a team of conservators and technicians.
The post holder should posses extensive theoretical knowledge of
paper and parchment, combined with a high degree of technical skill
applied to conserving documents dating from the medieval period to
the present.

In addition to extensive conservation experience, applicants will
need to demonstrate the ability to manage and motivate staff, meet
annual work objectives and participate in a wider professional
community. The successful candidate is expected to raise the profile
of the department and help to develop the conservation department,
of the National Archive, as a centre of excellence both nationally
and internationally.

Main Duties: Specific responsibilities will include:

    *   Providing guidance and advice on conservation techniques and
        methods to other NA staff and  external bodies which will be
        seen as an authoritative opinion of the NA.

    *   Carrying out conservation treatment as required, organising
        and reporting on condition surveys, researching and writing
        reports on the evaluation of different conservation methods.

    *   Ensuring the effective administration and management of a
        team, including assisting in drawing up departmental
        business plans and monitoring team performance

    *   Training and developing team members

    *   Representing the department at seminars/conferences,
        presenting and publishing papers on conservation matters,
        maintaining and developing links in the conservation field .

Person Specification:

    1.  Significant level of conservation knowledge and technical
        ability of paper and parchment.

    2.  Willingness to develop skills and to promote and develop
        staff skills.

    3.  Excellent management skills including organisational,
        administrative interpersonal and communication skills.

    4.  Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines and targets.


    1.  IPC, UKIC or SoA-accredited member of PACR (Professional
        Accreditation of Conservators-Restorers).

    2.  Project planning and management skills

    3.  IT skills, including ability to use Microsoft Office 2000

Length of Contract: Permanent
Salary: UKP19,313 - UKP22,778 (Low Band 3) under review

Hours: In general, standard working hours apply, but for certain
posts and subject to the discretion and business needs of the
Office, a flexible working hours scheme (FWH) operates.  Staff
participating in this scheme will work 36 per week excluding meal

Staff eligible for FWH are required to commence and finish duty
between the core times of 07:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 Monday
to Friday.  If applicable, Saturday working hours are between 08:50
and 17:15.  Contractual working requirements will be advised to all
staff members.

Probation: 12 month probationary period applies

Holidays: 22 days annual leave per calendar year, rising to 25 days
after 1 year's service (rising to 30 days after 10 years' service),
plus 10.5 days public and privilege leave per annum.

Retirement Age: For Pension purposes the retirement age is 60.
However, we welcome applications from people aged up to 64 years of


    *   Choice of final salary or stakeholder pension schemes

    *   Childcare Voucher facilities (after 1 year's service)

    *   Sports and social club facilities

    *   Subsidised staff restaurant

    *   Opportunities for training and development supported by
        Investors in People (IiP) accreditation

    *   Learning Resource Centre

    *   On-site gym

Selection: Selection will be by interview to be held on 30th May

Guaranteed Interview: Scheme: As part of the National Archive's
commitment to equal opportunities, all applicants covered by the
Disability Discrimination Act who meet the minimum criteria of the
job specification will be guaranteed an interview.

Nationality Rules: Applicants must be British or Commonwealth
citizens with the right to work in the UK, or nationals of states of
the European Union.

Application: For an application form (CVs will not be accepted)
please contact

    Capita RAS
    Innovation Court
    New Street
    Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7JB
    +44 870 169 9723 (24 hours)

Quote reference B7102.  Completed applications should also be
returned  to this address.

For further information about this post please contact

    Kerry Wilson
    The National Archives
    +44 20 8392 5330 ext: 2517
    kerry.wilson [at] nationalarchives__gov__uk

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday May 21. 2003.

For more information about The National Archives visit

We are striving towards equality of opportunity and will consider
all applicants fairly on merit.

Kerry Wilson
Personnel Officer
The National Archives

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