Artillery Technical Manager

Royal Armouries

Fort Nelson (Fareham)

Artillery Technical Manager


£31,000 - £35,000

Posted by on December 8, 2022.


The Royal Armouries is looking for an exceptional candidate to join the Collection Services Conservation team based at Fort Nelson, Hampshire. 

We are the UK’s National Museum of Arms and Armour, holding one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world, including the national artillery collection and the National Firearms Centre collection.  We aim to care for the collection to the highest standards, ensuring they are preserved and developed for future generations, to be a model for best practice and a centre of excellence for the care and use of arms and armour collection.

For this exciting opportunity we are looking for someone with significant practical experience and knowledge in artillery, a flexible and pragmatic approach to work, excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.   Knowledge and experience in the use of artillery and interest in the world arms and armour is highly desirable.

This position is a two year fixed term contract, working full time, 36 hours per week, 5 days out of 7. Weekend, Bank Holiday and evening working will occasionally be required, as will some travel.


  • Access to the Bike2Work scheme
  • Access to EAP Employee Assistance Program
  • 27.5 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
  • On-site staff car parking
  • 25% off staff shop
  • 10% off food in on-site café
  • Pension scheme max employer contribution is 9% 
  • Applications for assistance with relocation costs will be considered

A Police Check will be requested in the event of a successful application. Please refer to the job description for the level of check required. A criminal record would not necessarily be a bar to employment.

For an informal discussion please contact Jen Kaines, Head of Collection Services on 07770 702 722.

Closing date: 5th January 2023

Interviews will take place w/c 23rd January 2023

Full Job Description

To provide excellence in the use of the artillery collection, providing support for the nationally and internationally important collection of the Royal Armouries in accordance with professional museum and industry standards.

Key tasks

  • To keep the historic artillery collection functional and safe to use.
  • To conduct technical repairs and routine inspections of the historic artillery collection.
  • To maintain, monitor, prepare and inspect the artillery collection to firing standards and ensuring they are not put at risk.
  • To create and maintain comprehensive records of work carried out.
  • To prepare technical reports, test equipment, mountings and ancillaries.
  • To manage and supervise contractors and contracts.
  • To supervise students, interns and volunteers, including mentoring and monitoring quality of output.
  • To manage the explosives materials and maintain records in line with current legislation.
  • To ensure the security of the artillery collection, explosives and explosives storage is maintained at all times.
  • To plan and carry out gun firing demonstrations, deliver talks and training to internal and external audiences as required.
  • To be capable of undertaking engineering tasks.
  • To keep abreast of and contribute to best practice.
  • To work within H&S legislation and guidelines, including completing the requisite paperwork at all times.
  • Be able to mentor other staff and ensure succession plan is established for key roles


  • Cultivate internal relationships that cross team boundaries and demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with all team members
  • Maintain and build partnerships with senior managers and museum partners

Policies and Procedure

  • Comply with legislation, policy & procedures including Health & Safety
  • Adhere to organisational policies and procedures to protect people and the museum’s reputation
  • Conform to minimum best practices associated with all tasks

Personal Responsibilities

  • Work flexibly to meet the needs of the team
  • Work as part of a team and support colleagues
  • Protect the reputation of the Royal Armouries
  • Demonstrate the Royal Armouries’ values and behaviours

Functional Expertise

  • Use specialist knowledge and expertise to achieve the delivery of objectives and targets


The post-holder will be expected to:

  • Ensure that Royal Armouries non-Collection policies and procedures are followed by staff;
  • Undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post.

Physical Conditions

  • Full time position working 36 hours per week, 5 days out of 7;
  • Weekend and bank holiday working;
  • Evening and ‘unsociable hours’ duties;
  • Based at Fort Nelson but with travel to Leeds and the Tower of London

Line Management

Artillery Technical Manager reports directly to the Head of Collection Services.

This post has no direct line management responsibilities.

Person Specification

Selection Criteria

E = Essential for applicants to meet relevant standard.

D = Desirable for applicants to meet the relevant standard.

Qualifications Class 1 British Army Armourer or equivalent with experience of larger weapon systems E Application / Certificates
ONC / BTEC Level 3 or equivalent D Application / Certificate
Accredited by the Institute of Explosives D Application/Certificate
Member of a professional Institute or Body that recognizes their competencies and experiences D Application/Certificate


Work and Experience Knowledge, experience and competency working with artillery, ordnance and ancillaries E Application / Interview / Test
Experience of ordnance using non-destructive testing E Application / Interview / Test
Previous experience of working within a museum or heritage environment D Application / Interview / Test
Excellent IT Skills including good knowledge of Windows packages including Word & Excel E Application / Interview / Test
Knowledge and experience of working with hazards including explosives, asbestos, radiation & heavy metals E Application / Interview / Test
Knowledge, experience and competency of the H&S regulations relating to artillery, weapons and explosives E Application / Interview / Test


Skills Ability to plan and coordinate effectively E Application/Interview
Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking E Application/Interview
Must possess good manual dexterity, good observational skills and an eye for detail E Application / Interview / Test
Excellent project management skills E Application / Interview
An interest in the world of arms and armour E Application / Interview


Aptitudes Ability to work flexibly and adapt to change E Application/Interview
Ability to work on own initiative, or as a member of a team E Application/Interview
Ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines E Application/Interview
Ability to problem solve E Application/Interview / Test
Ability to work at height confidently & lift heavy weights D Application / Interview