Taunton, Somerset
£24,856 per annum
10 May 2018
25 May 2018
Contract Type

Pay a vital role in UKHO’s archiving capabilities. 

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) provides a unique and engaging challenge for inquisitive and team-playing individuals. As the world’s foremost expert in creating marine geospatial information, we are entrusted with creating a broad variety of products that the marine industries use to navigate international waters.

And while our work is vital to keeping the UK safe – particularly as the nation’s Navy relies on our information – it is also essential to global trade efficiency. Used for a wide variety of purposes such as resource exploration and utilisation, we enable British and global organisations to fulfil their potential and explore the secrets of the oceans. 

We are currently in the process of creating an inventory of all archive holdings, and it is here that we need your support. Examining, identifying and implementing a potential online platform that could host UKHO’s archive, you will lead the cataloguing of historic collections, completing a collections survey and analysing existing catalogues in accordance with all legislation and relevant standards.

Creating a hierarchical structure and fonds that will show the provenance of all data, you will describe each collection and data type in detail, and you will take on other cataloguing projects as required by the Head of Archive. With a passion for creating a world-class archive, you will share this knowledge with UKHO colleagues, training them and offering guidance. 

To make the most of this desirable role, you will need good IT skills and a thorough knowledge of cataloguing software. As such, we would like you to provide us with a competency statement detailing how you meet the following criteria. Please note, each section should be no more than 250 words: 

• Post Graduate in Archives Management/Administration or an equivalent professional qualification. 

• Leading and Communicating. This role will require regular interaction with members of the public, so you will have excellent written and spoken communication skills, with good organisational capabilities. 

• Thorough knowledge of cataloguing requirements and standards, especially to the ISADG standard. 

It would also be desirable (though isn’t essential) if you had experience of managing large format specialist records, knowledge of managing staff and presenting to senior management, plus an understanding of digital preservation and imaging. 

This is a unique opportunity to join the civil service, while enjoying the commercial environment of a target-focussed organisation. We strive to constantly improve our capabilities, so if you are interested in naval history and you share our passion for providing exceptional customer service, then we’d love to hear from you.

All applications (Competency Statements, Equality and Diversity and CV’s) need to be sent to the recruitment email once you click apply.