Conservation Manager


Employment Type:

Full time



Closing Date:


Skills Required:

Condition Reporting, Conservation, Project Management

Workplace Experience Required:

Art Collection, Conservation Company, Fabricator, Gallery - Commercial, Museum

Licenses Required:

Driver's License (post 1996), IOSHH, Manual Handling Certificate

Job Description:

Job Description
1. Oversee the day-to-day running of the conservation studios:
a. Discuss complex or in-depth treatment proposals and monitor treatments on a range of objects with conservators.
b. Liaise with Client Services and clients regarding treatments as required.
c. Review and edit conservator’s estimates and reports as required.
2. Work collaboratively with Client Services, Director of Furniture and Conservation Management Assistant to develop processes and procedures for:
a. Dealing with conservation approach procedures for objects that are hazardous, i.e. toxic by-products, pests, mould, water and fire damaged goods.
b. Managing large projects including documentation processes to track receipt, treatment, quality check and packing of objects.
c. Develop onsite job method statements and risk assessments.
d. Workshop rules, including Health and Safety, good workshop procedures in relation to machines etc.
e. Job cards to ensure accurate logging of objects, progress of work and quality checking finished items.
3. Manage specific conservation projects.
a. Manage projects to ensure work is completed to agreed estimate and contract deliverables and timeframe to deliver projects on time and on budget.
b. Delegate identified management tasks to senior conservators to assist where necessary.
4. Prepare complex estimates with input from specialist conservators, and work with Director of Furniture and Client Services to prepare and submit complex tenders that include the conservation studios.
5. Advise the Marketing Manager on various marketing materials, participate in selected networking events to promote and raise awareness of Plowden & Smith and build the reputation of Plowden and Smith through professional associations such as ICON.
6. Attend on site projects to assist with complex or difficult projects, assist conservators within your discipline of expertise and training and where appropriate to liaise with clients.
7. Carry out condition checking of objects or collections within your discipline, generate condition reports, and check and assess condition reports completed by conservator.
8. Undertake six-monthly appraisals for conservators, initiate one-to-one sessions with conservators to discuss professional development and feedback, chair monthly workshop meetings, facilitate conservator professional training and CPD.
9. Manage the advertising, interview and co-ordination of interns. This may include attendance at University open days, review of intern applications, and advising on skills and aptitude.

Selection Criteria
Skills and knowledge
• Up to date knowledge and strong technical expertise in a heritage or conservation discipline, and the ability to analyse and develop appropriate treatment methodologies for a range of materials.
• Engagement with current conservation and/or heritage practices and a willingness to consult when developing treatments approaches.
• Understanding of financial management pertaining to projects, standard industry contracts and subcontracting procedures.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including technical report writing and client management skills.
• Proficient use of business technology including Microsoft Office software and digital photography.
Personal attributes
• Strong interpersonal skills that foster good management and excellent teamwork, including the mentoring and professional development of peers.
• Strong commitment to client service and building effective working relationships.
• Outcomes-focused, with a level-headed approach, helpful attitude and excellent work ethic.
• Enthusiasm for contributing to and furthering the work and aims of Plowden & Smith.
• Strong, demonstrated commitment to heritage conservation, the ICON Codes of Ethics and Practice Guidelines.
• Minimum 5 years managing effective and collaborative teams, site work is an advantage.
• Demonstrated project management of both high and low volume workflows to meet deadlines and budgets.
• Demonstrated ability to foster client relationships to promote future work opportunities.
• Relevant tertiary qualifications in Conservation, Heritage, Art or related discipline.
• Project management experience is essential and project management training is an advantage.
• Drivers Licence.

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Company Details
Plowden and Smith


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