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Grounds and Civils Assistant Manager

Dodington Park Estate
Dodington, near Bristol
Competitive salary and benefits package
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

Dodington Park Estate is on the boundary between South Gloucestershire and the county of Bristol balanced on the Cotswold Escarpment. At the centre of the estate is Dodington House an 18th Century Georgian mansion which is currently being used as a private home.

We are looking for a Grounds and Civils Assistant Manager to join an established team of eight. This role will report to the Grounds and Civils Manager. When you come to work at Dodington Park, you’ll be joining a team of dedicated employees who work towards the renovation and maintenance of the house and surrounding estate, where we always strive to achieve the highest possible standards of work and craftsmanship.

Our employees are offered a competitive reward package, including the following benefits:

  • Discretionary bonus scheme.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Life assurance.
  • Private medical and dental cover.
  • 27 days holiday (plus bank holidays).
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Electric Vehicle scheme
  • Free annual flu jab.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Access to product discounts
  • Charitable Giving via payroll (Give as You Earn).
  • Free parking

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manager with the care and maintenance of relevant areas of DPE. This includes ensuring that trees and hedges are kept in a safe and healthy condition, grass cutting and planting trees and shrubs.
  • Ensure that designated indoor work areas organised and pest free.
  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manager with the day-to-day management of DPE grounds, including parkland, grass areas, woodlands, pheasant pens, gardens, arboretums and open areas.
  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manager with managing the team with a diverse workload, from general repair and maintenance work to specialist/technically complex projects; allocating work for within DPE and the associated land/properties.
  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manage with managing the team’s tasks and time – helping to assign and delegate work.
  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manager with writing annual works schedules for the team and supervise/organise works on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
  • Work closely with the team in their day-to-day tasks; assisting on a practical level as needed with grounds care and maintenance.
  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manager with the completion of projects comprising of new works, renovation, and repair/maintenance work in a timely manner.
  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manager with writing risk assessments and lifting plans.
  • Understand the use of relevant plant/machinery and able to select the correct plant/machine.
  • Operate Excavators and Dumpers with a good level of competency.
  • Organise and deal with contractors, including undertaking health & safety inductions.
  • Assist the Grounds and Civils Manager to ensure training requirements for the team are up to date.
  • Carry out Team Briefings to promote best practice, demonstrate good communication, receive/supply feedback & continually improve working practices.
  • Any other ad hoc duties.

Health and Safety Responsibilities      

  • Work with the Health & Safety Manager/Consultants as required.
  • Act as a Health and Safety role model.
  • Ensure all HSE procedures are complied with by all persons under your supervision and that the relevant health and safety documentation in place, prior to commencing work (including external contractors that you have procured).

Person specification / Core Competencies:

  • Significant experience within a similar role.
  • Ideally a member of the Institute of Groundsmanship or equivalent body.
  • IOSH/NEBOSH (or similar) health and safety qualification (or willing to undertake).
  • Qualified to operate Excavators and Dumpers.
  • Hold a tractor trailer grade license (not essential.
  • Knowledge of design and install processes for all areas in the key responsibilities.
  • Whilst a horticultural background is not essential, a demonstrable interest in gardening/nature is required.
  • An interest in conservation management together with knowledge of statutory compliance in this respect.
  • Good knowledge of arboriculture.
  • A knowledge and practical application of the Health and Safety at Work Act and associated legislation. In particular, competence in the handling of chemicals or fuels and the safe operation of various types of machinery and plant
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Computer literate
  • Professional manner.
  • Confident numeracy skills.
  • Positive approach to problem solving, demonstrating use of initiative.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Confident communication skills.
  • Proactive and flexible approach to work.
  • Willing to take responsibility and ownership for tasks.
  • Strong sense of discretion, appreciating the confidentiality of the work.
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst possessing strong teamwork skills.
  • Valid driving license.

To increase your chances of being short listed please submit a covering letter in addition to your CV clearly addressing how you meet the criteria outlined above and including details of your required package.


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