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By 02/03/2023Jobs

PCA is one of UK’s largest archaeological companies, with seven regional offices across the country. We have been delivering professional heritage services for more than 25 years. We are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists as we continue through 2023 with a range of exciting projects being undertaken at our collectively-managed Cambridge and Norwich offices. For an overview of our company and work, please visit

We seek to recruit an Operations Assistant to support our Operations Manager and Management Team with a variety of tasks.

The successful candidate does not need any experience in archaeology, but an interest in history and/or archaeology would be beneficial. All applicants must have excellent oral and written English, and be able to display competent maths skills. All successful candidates undergo a probationary 3-month period, after which, given satisfactory performance, they will be offered a permanent contract.

Role Summary: To assist with archaeological operations and provide support with administration, personnel management and logistics.

About the job:

The Operations Assistant would take the lead on the weekly checking and submission of payroll data, the onboarding and set-up of new staff, procurement and associated record-keeping, and a variety of compliance-related tasks. In support of Finance staff, they would process and advise on staff expenses claims, and monitor and authorize a range of payments. Complete and well-maintained PPE and equipment is essential to the day-to-day work of our staff, and the Operations Assistant would assist the Operations Manager in ensuring that stocks of PPE and equipment are maintained, allocated and cared for.

Many active projects run concurrently and the pace of work is quick, so the Operations Assistant needs to be able to respond quickly to problems and new information, multi-task, and stay on top of administrative, financial and compliance tasks. As they will be handling HR and payroll data, they need to be discreet and able to uphold the confidentiality of information. Accuracy and an eye for detail are important in all tasks.

Salary: £27,688 – £29,343 per annum (depending on experience)

Location: PCA Cambridge Office (Pampisford). The Cambridge office is on public transport routes and parking is also available. Transport will not be provided.

Working Week: Monday – Friday 37.5 hours per week (8am ­– 4pm) with breaks for lunch and tea.

Minimum Requirements:

Essential –

  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Previous work experience in an office setting
  • Good computer and numeracy skills
  • Diligence, accuracy and an eye for detail
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines and demands
  • Discretion and sensitivity
  • Excellent communication skills

Desirable –

  • Previous experience in finance, logistics or HR administration
  • Previous experience in data entry and record maintenance
  • Previous experience with, or an interest in, developing or enhancing administrative systems

Employee benefits:

  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • 28 days of annual leave (including bank holidays and 2 days for Christmas, if employed over the Christmas period), rising on service length
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers, Christmas vouchers
  • Annual appraisal and progression opportunity
  • Company pension scheme

PCA is committed to a comprehensive equal opportunities policy in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities without regard to race, religion or belief, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. All applicants with the relevant qualifications and experience are welcome to apply for this opportunity. Please be advised that you must hold the right to work and live in the UK in order to apply for this job.

We are expecting a high volume of applications, and therefore cannot commit to responding to all emails. In accordance with our GDPR policy, we will not keep unsuccessful applicants’ details or CVs on our system, unless you expressly request that we do.

Please send your covering letter and cv to Caroline Edwards (HR Manager):

Closing Date: 31/03/2023

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