HMS Victory is the world’s only surviving example of a first-rate line of battle ship from the age of sail. Since 2012, the National Museum of the Royal Navy has been leading the work to care for the ship and ensure its survival in perpetuity.

In 2022, the NMRN began work on a major program of work, estimated at £40million over ten to fifteen years, intended to ensure the ship is in a condition to survive, outdoors, with a program of planned maintenance, for a period of not less than fifty years. This exciting project draws together traditional craft skills such as shipwrightry and rigging with cutting edge technologies including Nano-science, structural analysis and 4D archaeological recording, all within view of the half-million visitors per annum that visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

As the program of work increases, the Museum is seeking to expand its capacity to ensure the project sets new standards across the heritage sector. The postholder will deputize for the Project Director and play a key role in the ongoing development and delivery of the project.

The Role

We are seeking an individual with both strategic and operational experience, able to anticipate, manage, and solve risks and issues, and with the advocacy and influencing skills to create new external partnerships. Ability to work autonomously and able to organize and prioritize workload to meet changing demands and comply with deadlines is also essential.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

Experience of leading large-scale projects, particularly heritage projects.
Proven ability to build, develop and lead multidisciplinary teams.
Experience of tendering, appointing, and directing multiple consultants.
Experience of financial management and budget preparation of comparable scale.
This post requires a standard DBS check as a requirement of working on the naval base.

We provide

The opportunity to be part of a friendly and diverse workplace within a unique heritage environment.
Group pension plan with Royal London (6% employer contributions, 2% employee contributions and death in service benefit).
25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays), increasing to 30 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) after 5 years’ service.
Occupational sick pay.
Enhanced maternity/adoption and paternity pay.
Flexible working.
Employee Assistance Program.
Free admission to other national museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement.
Discounts at our shops and cafes.
Free and discounted tickets for family and friends.

For further details, or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please email Andrew Baines, Deputy Executive Director of Museum Operations:

Applicants are asked to apply via no later than midnight, Sunday, 12 March 2023. We will be conducting interviews at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard w/c 20 March.

If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the application process because of a disability, please contact the HR team on for support.