Move Manager (Fixed Term)

Salary: £30,942 – £40,322

Closing date: 27 November 2019

Start Date: as soon as possible after 1 January 2020

Reference: JU21287
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extending to 5 years.
The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) is seeking an experienced and motivated project manager to deliver an ambitious and complex relocation of all collections in offsite storage to a new facility in central Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge is supporting the relocation of MAA’s off-site collections stores to a former Cold War bunker; with refurbishment works to be complete by the end of 2020. Over 5 years the Project Team – a Move Manager, Collections Team Coordinator and Collections Assistants – will inventory, hazard check, and make digital images of approximately 250,000 archaeological and ethnographic artefacts; pack appropriately for removal and storage; and ensure their safe transport and rehousing in the new store. Our goal is to ensure that the collections are both appropriately stored and made physically and intellectually accessible: to researchers, students, stakeholders and audiences in Cambridge and worldwide, through visits to the new store and online through MAA’s catalogue.

The Move Manager will be responsible for managing multiple aspects of the project including resources, schedule and personnel, to successfully deliver the relocation of artefacts to the new store on time and on budget. Working with MAA staff and reporting to the Lead Curator and the Project Board, you will manage a team of collections staff (the Collections Team Coordinator and Collections Assistants). You will plan the move and installation, in conjunction with the Collections Team Coordinator, and ensure that suitable specialist subcontractors are recruited as necessary. You will appoint and manage the Project Team, taking responsibility for health and safety of all personnel at project sites. As the main point of contact between the project and relevant stakeholders within the museum, the University and beyond, you will be responsible for reporting and communicating the project’s progress. You will also manage the move budget, following University financial procedures and regulations.

You will be an experienced project manager with proven ability to deliver large-scale projects in the heritage sector or museums, and ideally experience of complex collections moves. You will show an understanding of the sensitivities and issues surrounding collections of ethnographic and archaeological artefacts in museums, a flexible and ‘can do’ attitude as well as exceptional management skills. The ability to communicate with a diverse team and wider stakeholders with confidence is essential.

This will be an intensive project with challenging objectives, and team cohesion in a respectful working environment is a priority. MAA and the University of Cambridge Museums are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion within our institutions and across the sector, and we particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the Museum and the University. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27 November with interviews expected to take place week commencing 9 December 2019. It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible after 1 January 2020. Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Informal enquiries about this vacancy and queries about the application process may be addressed to Wendy Brown, Museum Administrator on Please quote reference JU21287 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. 

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