Vacancy -- Conservation Works Manager (South Central Wales)

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Vacancy Details

Economy, Treasury and Constitution Group
HEO - £32,460 - £39,690
Full time (not suitable for candidates who wish to work on a part time or job share basis)
Cardiff, Mid Wales, South East Wales, Various locations
South Central Wales

Purpose of Post:

Cadw is responsible for the care of 130 monuments across Wales. The post holder with be responsible for the management and deployment of a skilled team of conservation specialists based in South Central Wales and for the supervision of conservation projects in the region. The role includes operational management of property, monument conservation and site maintenance services within the region, comprising of predominantly historic and some non historic property, to ensure sites are safe, accessible, attractively presented to the public, and fit for purpose for all staff. To be responsible for the safe and efficient management and development of conservation teams and the supervision of allocated capital projects in the region. To manage general and specialist maintenance, works and conservation programmes using Cadw’s in-house Craft Team, and external contractors and consultants.

Key tasks:

To support the Head of Conservation, Senior Conservation Surveyor in the development and timely delivery of a detailed annual programme and related projects of conservation work across the Properties in Care in the South Central Wales region.

Direct line management responsibility for the Conservation Works Supervisor with indirect responsibility for Cadwraeth. Oversee direction and motivation of staff to ensure safe working practices and compliance with statutory regulations in conjunction with implementing approved safety and mandatory training programmes. Oversee and approve Method Statements, Safety Plans, Construction Site Documentation, and Risk Assessments as required. Ensure correct Health and Safety practice is adhered to on site at all times. Report breaches to management promptly. Ensure that all Cadw plant and tools and leased vehicles are serviced, repaired and maintained as required, and ensure timely delivery and supply of scaffolding, plant and materials, necessary for the progress of all works undertaken by Cadwraeth for continuity and to ensure that productivity is maximized.

Regularly audit presentation and condition performance at monuments and sites, to ensure risks to visitor and staff safety, and site presentation standards are achieved and maintained. Ensure adherence to cyclical maintenance regimes is effective and statutory compliance is met (including observations ongrounds maintenance, site and premises, litter, tree safety, etc.) and take action as required. Report instances of performance gaps, damage, compliance risk or deterioration and implement corrective, remedial, reactive and emergency works where necessary.

Carry out periodical site inspections to assess site and fabric condition, maintenance standards, visitor safety and damage, deterioration or decay.  Prioritise inspection findings and remedial works regionally in line with risk, historical significance and resources, via external contractors or Cadwraeth, and coordinate external and internal specialist advice where required e.g., Ecology Reports, Cadw Inspectorate, Structural Engineers etc. to ensure remedial options are compliant and will follow conservation best practice. From inspections and other reports, generate & develop ongoing work programmes including identification of larger capital project potential, for future annual conservation programmes. This will require an intermediate level of IT experience.

Prepare work schedules, specifications and contract documentation for individual contract works (e.g., for one off specific repair, maintenance, small development, replacements, improvements and adaptations). Assist in renewal of national contracts (e.g., facilities management, vehicle fleet, PPE etc.), consultancy and supplier frameworks, etc. and appoint and supervise regionally. Procure timely materials, plant, equipment and services identified in Cadwraeth Conservation Programmes, and procure and appoint contractors, suppliers and consultants. Ensure strict adherence to WG Procurement rules, budget control and best practice.

To help ensure that Cadw’s work is promoted, and understood by visitors and wider audiences where applicable, including showcasing our work to visitors, attending and representing Cadw at external events, work demonstrations, media opportunities etc.In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed, the job holder may be required to perform other duties assigned by management applicable to the Grade.

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.

You will work within an integrated team of conservation and property professionals caring for, presenting and promoting some of Wales’s finest example of built heritage. 

Closing Date:

11/01/2023, 16:00


Posts recruited to as part of this recruitment campaign are broadly open to UK nationals, those with right to remain and work in the UK and those that meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules only. Check your eligibility here:

Prior to appointment, all successful applicants will be required to produce original, acceptable documents as part of the pre-employment checks. If it becomes apparent at a later stage in the process that you aren’t eligible to apply, your application will be withdrawn, or offer retracted.

Equality and Diversity

The Welsh Government is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. This is underpinned by the Equality Act 2010 and will be adhered to at each stage of the recruitment process. Our goal is to ensure that these commitments are also embedded in our day-to-day working practices with all our customers, colleagues and partners.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organisation and increasing diversity in the Welsh Government by removing barriers and supporting all our staff to reach their potential. We are committed to recruiting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and disabled people who are currently under-represented in Welsh Government.

We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, marriage and civil partnership (both same sex and opposite sex), impairment or health condition, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender identity or gender expression.

We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Disability Confident Level 3 (Leader) organisation. Key to supporting this work and providing peer support are five Board sponsored Staff Networks (Disability Awareness and Support (DAAS); Minority Ethnic Support Network (MESN); Mind Matters (Mental health and well-being); PRISM (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex +) and Women Together.

Disability Confident

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

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.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


  • Seeing the Big Picture - Seek to understand how the services, activities and strategies in the area work together to create value for the customer/end user.
  • Collaborating and Partnering - Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes.
  • Delivering Value for Money - Follow appropriate financial procedures to monitor contracts to ensure deliverables are achieved.
  • Managing a Quality Service - Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and service standards to ensure professional excellence and expertise and value for money.

Job Specific Criteria: 

  1. An appropriate professional (NVQ level 4 or above) or advanced craft level qualification supplemented by project programming and management qualifications or experience and/or the ability to demonstrate ability and aptitude as a result of proven experience and practice over a period of not less than 5 years with a recognised heritage body or main contractor. 
  2. An understanding of historic environment, building conservation, traditional materials and methods of construction, specialist conservation techniques, and best practice in the maintenance, conservation, repair and management of historic buildings, along with a working knowledge of the regulations affecting construction work, health & safety, operational maintenance, construction management and statutory compliance. 
  3. Experience in specifying, planning & managing multiple small works projects and managing staff, programmes, and allocated budgets. Ability to multi task, and identify and assess situations where increased risk may arise, and take appropriate corrective action promptly where priorities may change. 

Assessment Process

Virtual interview via Microsoft Teams. Part of this will require a brief (timed) written test on a work scenario, which should then be submitted and presented to the panel.

Other Information

  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘actual starting salary’, all candidates will start at the minimum of the pay scale being appointed to (this includes existing civil servants).This is not negotiable.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘type of opportunity’, this recruitment advert is not open on a Loan or Secondment basis.
  • For more information on the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for Loan and Secondment positions in Welsh Government, please see external recruitment candidate guidance.
  • Unless stated otherwise in ‘Location of Post’ the role/s recruited to via this campaign can only be worked in the UK, not overseas.
Paul Cascarini - 07964 114514

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment 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 an impairment in order to submit your application.

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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)

Grievance and Complaints

Anyone who believes they have been treated unfairly, or has a grievance or complaint, about how the process was conducted should either write to the Head of Resourcing, Welsh Government, Cathays Park 2, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or email  If you are unhappy with the outcome of the complaint raised with the Welsh Government and feel that the principles of appointment on merit through fair and open competition have not been met you have the right to pursue your grievance with the Civil Service Commission.

This vacancy is closed to applications.