Southampton, Southampton
£25,000 - £29,000 (excl VAT)
Contract, Part-time
Job description

The Solent Steam Packet Ltd is seeking to appoint a consultant Project Manager for our Steamship Shieldhall – Steaming Towards a Resilient Heritage project. The project is funded through a Resilient Heritage Grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Note that the Project Manager will be appointed on a consultancy basis. The consultant will not be an employee of TSSP. It is anticipated that the project will be delivered  within an 18 month timeframe 


Steamship Shieldhall

Steamship Shieldhall is the country’s largest operational steam-powered cargo ship and is recognised as one of the UK’s most important historic vessels. When she came to the end of her working life in 1985, she was rescued from the scrapyard and ultimately moved into the ownership of The Solent Steam Packet Ltd (TSSP).

TSSP returned Shieldhall to operational condition in 1991 and operates a full programme of excursions throughout the summer months as well as offering steam experiences and opportunities for learning and engagement.

Shieldhall is located at 110 Berth, Western Docks, Southampton.


The Solent Steam Packet Ltd

SS Shieldhall is owned and operated by The Solent Steam Packet Ltd, a charitable Community Benefit Society. TSSP is a volunteer-led membership organisation. 

Steamship Shieldhall – Steaming Towards a Resilient Heritage project

In April 2019 TSSP was awarded a Resilient Heritage grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) towards the costs of our Steamship Shieldhall – Steaming Towards a Resilient Heritage project. This project will explore the challenges we face in keeping Shieldhall afloat and operational into the future. The project will include:

  • Business Plan - development of a new business plan and operating model.
  • Governance Review and Succession Plan - to ensure that the right structure and people are in place to implement and maximise opportunities identified through the Business Plan.
  • Networking activities and learning event for charitable/not-for-profit organisations operating historic vessels,
  • Volunteer Training - to meet the future needs of our organisation we will develop new skills in promotion, marketing, events management, archiving and fundraising.


Job Description: Resilient Heritage Project Manager

The Project Manager will work alongside key members of the TSSP team to deliver the Steamship Shieldhall – Steaming Towards a Resilient Heritage project.


The Project Manager’s tasks will include:

  • Finalise briefs for Business Plan, Governance Review and Succession Plan.
  • Procure and manage consultants for the above work.
  • Monitor progress of the above work streams.
  • Report monthly to the client on overall project progress and take corrective action as appropriate.
  • Compile quarterly progress reports and grant drawdown applications to NLHF.
  • Provide support to the TSSP Fundraising Lead in setting up the new TSSP Fundraising Committee.
  • Monitor and control project expenditure in consultation with the Project Director.
  • Check and approve all project invoices.
  • Assist the Project Director and other volunteers with planning, co-ordination and running of the end of project network and learning event. Develop and implement a simple but appropriate evaluation mechanism for the project and compile the final Evaluation Report to submit to NLHF at the end of the project.
  • Compile and submit NLHF Project Completion documentation.



It is anticipated that the project manager will need to commit an average of 4 days per month to ensure the successful completion of the project. It is recognised that the actual number of days committed per month may vary from month to month depending on the demands of the project at any time.

The project manager will be expected to attend site (Shieldhall) at least twice per month, usually on a Wednesday which is the ship’s main volunteer work day. On occasion the work may require the project manager to attend the proposed consultation visits with other heritage ships operators.

Experience & Qualities

The successful consultant must be able to demonstrate suitable experience and skills in the following areas:


  • Successful track record in project delivery and relevant project management qualification
  • Previous NLHF experience and a sound understanding of its processes
  • Understanding of the historic ships sector and the challenges therein
  • Experience of working with volunteers
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Experience of undertaking project evaluation and producing evaluation reports in line with NLHF/HLF guidance


  • Context: understanding or previous experience of the heritage sector in Southampton

Fees & Timescale

There is a total maximum fee for this work of circa £29,000 including all expenses but excluding VAT.

The contract for this work is anticipated to run from June 2019 and is not expected to exceed 18 months in duration.

How to Apply

For the full brief and details of how to apply, please download the Project Manager Brief or visit our website.


The deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on Monday 10 June 2019.

  • Interviews w/c 17 June 2019
  • Indicative Appointment Date w/c 24 June 2019
  • Project Completion 31st December  2020 (anticipated)
Posted on: 20 May 2019
Closed date: 10 June 2019
Job ref: Resilient Heritage Project Manager
Tags: Project Management, Governance

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