Deputy Grounds Manager


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Colchester, Essex,


Greenkeeping & Turf Care, Landscape Maintenance, Landscaping, Managerial


£25,728 - £28,936 per annum

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Employment Type:

Full time



Job Description:

Estate Management

Estate Management design, repair, maintain and secure all campuses. We aim to provide a seamless service to all students, staff and visitors. Covering a multitude of services, we are available to assist with any issue concerning the University estate and grounds.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Deputy Grounds Manager at the University of Essex.

Duties of the role

The post holder will supervise and manage a team of Grounds Operatives, ensuring all services are delivered to a high standard. You will be responsible for day to day operation including, work allocation, machinery upkeep and adherence to Health & Safety policies and legislation. You will also be responsible for:
  • Leading, supervising and motivating a small team of grounds staff to ensure that agreed standards of grounds maintenance are maintained.
  • Monitoring the quality of grounds work done and co-ordinating systematic checks by the post holder and the Grounds Manager.
  • Controlling the programmed and un-programmed contracted works managed by the Grounds Section.
  • Keeping an up to date COSHH record for products used by the Grounds Section.
Skills and qualifications required

You will have a good understanding of working within the gardening/grounds environment, with experience operating a variety of grounds machinery and equipment and you will desire to produce a high level of service at all times. The successful candidate will also be required to have:
  • GCSE Grade C, or equivalent, in English and Mathematics and 3 other subjects
  • Supervisory experience within a horticultural environment
  • Awareness and knowledge of Health and Safety legislation relating to grounds chemicals/materials and working practices
  • An ability to communicate at all levels with good relationship building skills
  • Hold a full, current Driving Licence
Whilst the following is not essential, it would be desirable if you hold an NVQ in Amenity Horticulture or equivalent and hold a certificate in NPTC City and Guilds (PA1 & PA6) pesticide/herbicide applicator.
At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please visit our website (http://www.essex.ac.uk/vacancies/) for a full job description, person specification and more information relating to this post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.  Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please telephone the Resourcing Team (01206 874588/873521).

Closing date:  25 February 2018
Interviews are planned for:  16 March 2018
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University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park Colchester CO4 3SQ
Colchester, CB, United Kingdom

Phone: 01206 873333
Web Site: http://www.essex.ac.uk/

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