Do you have strong experience in conservation, with an ability to plan and manage large projects? Are you able to lead and influence colleagues across different sites?
We are now seeking a Group Conservation Manager to join us at the National Collections Centre (NCC) in Wroughton. As part of a collaborative multi-site Conservation team, you will provide high quality conservation support to the Science Museum Group (SMG) museums from NCC, the SMG collections hub. NCC will house 300,000 small and medium size objects as well as over 30,000 large and extra-large objects equating to 80% of the SMGs overall object collection making it a hub of activity.
The Group Conservation Manager will take a lead in the strategic planning and co-ordination of conservation across the Group as the NCC is transformed into the primary collections store. You will work in collaboration with the Collections Services and museum-based Conservation teams to ensure delivery of projects from NCC ties into local plans and within budget. You will lead on collections care work for SMG, delivering a central co-ordinated approach that is adaptable for each site; championing our work and developing systems to maintain the highest standards. You will act as deputy for the Head of Conservation & Collections Care, helping to provide leadership and support to the museum-based conservation teams, co-ordinate training and ensuring that all Conservation and Collections Care teams across the Group are working consistently and efficiently.
Joining us as Group Conservation Manager, you will hold a relevant conservation qualification (to degree level) or equivalent practical expertise and experience. Relating to this, you will have demonstrable experience in managing remedial conservation of 3-d objects of all sizes, and experience in preventive conservation of historic and contemporary artefacts. You will have excellent interpersonal skills; able to negotiate with and influence colleagues across the organisation and external stakeholders. You will have strong planning and project management skills and will be able to work across teams and sites to deliver projects, including large exhibitions.
The Science Museum Group (SMG) is here to inspire futures. As the world’s leading group of science museums, we share our unparalleled collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine with over five million visitors each year. Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. We know work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we currently offer up to 27 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays; BUPA medical and dental care; employee assistance programme; enhanced contributory pension; enhanced occupational sick, maternity, paternity and adoption leave and career breaks.
‘Open for All’ is one of the Science Museum Group’s five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. As a national museum group, we have an ability to reach a wide and diverse population of audiences, colleagues and partners through our geography and scale.
We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation and ultimately will be able to inspire more futures. We therefore welcome applications from those who bring difference.
Does this appeal to you? If so, click here to view the Vacancy Information Pack which provides you with details of the role and the application process.