If you fancy working on a historic building and have suitable skills, the Queen is recruiting for a planner position within the Royal Household.

Buckingham Palace in London, United Kingdom.
The Queen is recruiting for a planner to oversee Buckingham Palace's renovations © Lukasz Pajor/Shutterstock

Buckingham Palace was built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, and it replaced St James's Palace as the monarch's official London residence in 1837. Queen Elizabeth II divides her time between it, Windsor Castle and, in summer, Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Buckingham Palace is undergoing a renovation costing over £360m (€425m) to overhaul its infrastructure over 10 years, including electrical cabling, plumbing and heating, overseen by a dedicated in-house programme management office. With the early planning and preparation works complete, the successful candidate will support the strategic planner.

Buckingham Palace electrics room
The Trade Yard Electrical Panel at Buckingham Palace © Buckingham Palace/PA Wire

The person chosen will provide essential analysis and reports, and they will act as the key interface between the PMO and the contractors and consultants. The ideal candidate will have experience with historic building construction projects, great communication skills and experience with digital programming software and programmes. They will liaise closely with colleagues across the cost, control and change disciplines. The starting salary is around £38,000 (€44,856), dependent on experience, for a 37.5 hour week, and a 15% employer contribution pension scheme. The position offers training and development, as well as a range of catering and recreational facilities.

Officers and soldiers of the Coldstream Guards march in front of Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard ceremony
Buckingham Palace was built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham © David Steele/Shutterstock

The project will overhaul on the 775-room palace one wing at a time to enable the Royal Family to continue with their work. Candidates are advised in advance that no two days will be the same, and the variety and pace will challenge them as they effectively plan, prioritise and deliver multiple strands of works with varying timescales. "But knowing you're contributing to the future of an iconic building will inspire you to deliver every day," the job advertisement says.

Further information can be found on the job listing here.

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