Grounds Person - Assistant Manager

up to £25,000 per annum, dependent upon experience
10 Oct 2017
03 Nov 2017
Full Time
Contract Type

Uppingham School is offering an exciting opportunity for an experienced Grounds Person to develop their career further in grounds keeping and to build on their existing leadership skills.

As the Assistant Grounds Manager, you will be joining a busy, close-knit Grounds Team where you will play a key role in managing the 120-acre estate, close to the rolling fields of Rutland. Specifically, your remit will include:

  • Maintaining and improving the School grounds, associated sports facilities, and pitches, including multiple natural and artificial playing surfaces;
  • Supporting the Grounds Manager to lead, develop and mentor a team of grounds employees and to deliver high standards of performance, excellent customer service, and a proactive approach to all elements of work;
  • Being a highly-skilled and knowledgeable senior team member, helping to manage and allocate all associated departmental tasks and ensuring that they are actioned correctly and to high standards at all times.

The built estate has 80 buildings, including teaching blocks, assembly buildings, boarding houses, staff housing, administrative and technical accommodation, and sports facilities.  The School covers approximately 120 non-contiguous acres, almost one mile apart at its extremities and interspersed by town housing and retail properties.

The successful candidate will be NVQ Level 3 Sports Turf Maintenance qualified or equivalent and will offer significant grounds maintenance experience. The ability to remain calm in a busy and demanding environment, excellent communication skills, strong leadership skills and a flexible attitude to working hours are all essential. A driving licence for towing trailers will be advantageous. 

In return, we offer a variety of benefits, including an attractive pension scheme, free lunches and free annual membership of dual-use Sports Centre (£15 joining fee).

In the first instance please email your CV and covering letter to Please note candidates invited to interview will need to complete the School’s application form.

Closing date for applications is 09:00 on Friday 3 November.
Interviews will take place w/c 13 November.

Uppingham School, founded in 1584, is a leading co-educational independent boarding school. Its 800 pupils, aged 13-18, are accommodated in 15 boarding houses, taught by over 20 academic departments, and participate in numerous extra-curricular activities such as sports, music, and drama. 

Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.