Head of Grounds

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Location
Northwood, London (Greater)
Salary
£32000-37000 per annum, dependent on qualifications and experience
Posted
02 Nov 2018
Closes
15 Nov 2018
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

Head of Grounds

St Helen’s School is looking for a Head of Grounds to manage our beautiful 20+ acre site following the retirement of our current Head of Grounds.  This is a broad role and an opportunity to shape the grounds of this prestigious independent school.
 
Salary
£32000-37000 per annum, dependent on qualifications and experience
 
The Head of Grounds reports to the Estates Manager and is responsible for a small team consisting of:
2 x full time Groundsmen
1 x part time Groundsman
 
Main Responsibilities:

 
Landscaping
•           Prepare annual plan for the grounds and implement approved plan to enhance and maintain all landscape aspects of the Estate
 
Grounds Maintenance

•           Review and update planting and design schemes and source materials and plants
•           ‘Hands on’ grounds and gardening work as required
 
Team Management
•           Manage and lead Grounds team including conducting performance reviews and objective setting
•           Ensure Grounds team are trained and developed as appropriate
•           Ensure the Grounds team are motivated to work as a team and to be efficient and
effective at all times
 
Administration
•           Prepare and manage annual budget and Grounds plan with the Estates Manager
•           Liaise with contractors for tendering and scheduling work, ensuring the School receives value for money from contactors
•           Manage any appointed contractors, ensuring they are appropriately supervised and compliant with all necessary policies and procedures in line with the School’s Contractor Management Policy
•           Maintain equipment inventory and organise equipment maintenance and replacement as required
 
Health & Safety
•           Ensure all relevant Health and Safety policies and arrangements are implemented and appropriate risk assessments are written, reviewed and implemented
•           Prepare and review machinery and activity risk assessments at least annually.
      •           Ensure machines are maintained as required
•           Ensure the team is qualified and appropriately trained for the work they carry out
•           Ensure safety checks are carried out at mandatory times eg. tree surveys, playground equipment checks
•           Identify hazards to outdoor areas caused by changing weather conditions and react appropriately ensuring the safety of pupils, staff and visitors at all times.
General
•          Provide horticultural advice and help to other departments of the School including outdoor learning support, demonstrations and materials
•          Assist with the rest of the Grounds team, maintenance and porter teams with furniture and/or equipment moving for major events
•          Keep abreast of relevant best practice in Grounds maintenance and landscaping
•          Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people, by adhering to and ensuring compliance with the School’s child protection policy
•          Assume other duties which may be reasonably required or delegated by the Estates
Manager from time to time
 
The role will be mix of ‘hands on’ working with a reasonable amount of office time. This will be dependent on the seasonal changes, resource levels, School and event requirements.
 

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