Vacancy -- Inspector of Historic Buildings (mid Wales)

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Economy, Skills and Natural Resources
SEO - £38,355 - £45,850
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Mid Wales

Purpose of Post:

Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. 

We do this by:

  • helping to care for our historic environment for the benefit of people today and in the future
  • promoting the development of the skills that are needed to look after our historic environment properly
  • helping people to cherish and enjoy our historic environment
  • making our historic environment work for our economic well-being
  • working with partners to achieve our common goals together

This role sits within the Historic Environment branch and undertakes a range of duties related to protecting, conserving and sustaining the built historic environment in Wales. The focus will be on casework connected with the management of change to listed buildings, both through the consent regime and through grant schemes.

Key tasks:

Across mid-Wales to

  • Provide specialist advice on managing change to listed buildings, including pre-application advice, comment on listed building consent applications notified to Cadw, and advice on appeals
  • Provide specialist advice on grant schemes for historic buildings
  • Provide specialist advice on planning applications and other consultations relating to the built historic environment. This might involve representing Cadw at planning enquiries
  • Provide advice on inheritance tax exemption cases to HMRC
  • To liaise with a range of external organisations involved in the management of the historic environment, and to provide general advice on historic interest/conservation to building owners, agents, Local Planning Authorities and other stake-holders
  • To work closely with local authority conservation teams, contributing to training and mentoring where appropriate

In general to

  • Lead on specialist input and advice in one or more historic environment thematic areas, including buildings at risk
  • Provide briefing for Ministers and/or senior officers on subject responsibilities, including verbal briefings or attendance at meetings, and contribute written advice for cross-Cadw briefing commissions.
  • The post-holder will at times be expected to pick up case-work pressures across Wales when need arises.

Development opportunities:

Cadw encourages staff to pursue opportunities for continuous professional development as well as supporting specific learning and development activities linked to business needs.

The role offers the opportunity work to within a professional organisation committed to developing and promoting Wales’ historic environment. The role involves working closely with a range of local stakeholders in order to manage change within the historic environment and maximise the potential of heritage assets for the community.

Closing Date:

06/03/2020, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
No skills

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


  1. Making Effective Decisions - Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular.
  2. Leading and communicating - Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner will all stakeholders, and stand ground when needed.
  3. Collaborating and Partnering - Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes.
  4. Delivering at Pace - Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, yet allowing the teams space and authority to deliver objectives.

Job Specific Criteria

  1. Degree-level qualification in a relevant discipline such as historic buildings conservation, heritage management, planning or surveying essential. (Relevant post-graduate qualification desirable).
  2. Minimum of 5 years’ post-qualification experience working in the field of historic building construction and current conservation practice.
  3. Demonstrable evidence of effective partnership working within the heritage sector.

Assessment Process

Applications will be sifted, successful candidates will then be invited to an interview where they will be asked to do a presentation.

Other Information

Judith Alfrey - - 03000 259152

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.