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Grounds Manager - #JBD06935
Salary £55000 - £60000
Position type: Permanent
Contact person: Richard Creer

Grounds Manager

The Role - Overall Purpose and Key Responsibilities

Responsible to: Director of Finance & Strategy

Accommodation may be available for this post

Internal Relationships: Head, Senior Deputy Head, Director of Sport, Estate Bursar, Commercial Director, Lettings Manager, Health & Safety Manager, Deputy Bursar, Queens Sports Centre Managers, Teachers in Charge of sporting activities, Heads of Houses

External Relationships: Will include relevant suppliers and contractors for resources and other equipment, Grounds Management Association and other industry associations, other schools grounds personnel

Mission Statement for Support Staff

To deliver excellent cost-effective non-teaching support to all stakeholders in order to assist in achieving the educational experience set out in the Schools vision and development strategy.

The Grounds at Charterhouse

Our stunning grounds cover 250 acres and comprise 135 acres of playing fields including 16 football pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 1 lacrosse pitch, 9 cricket squares, all-weather cricket nets, 15 hard tennis courts, 5 netball courts, 12 all-weather tennis courts, 3 all-weather hockey pitches, 1 athletics tartan running track plus field sports areas. There is a 35-acre 9-hole golf course covering 2,576 yards. Ornamental lawns and gardens are present in and around the school buildings, boarding houses and the Old Headmasters Garden. There are also 60 acres of woodlands, some of which are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Basic Purpose of the Job

The Grounds Manager will, along with their team, proactively manage and maintain the highest standards of playing surfaces, woodlands, gardens and lawns and will oversee the long-term planning of grounds maintenance, upkeep and renovation in line with time, financial and user requirements.

The successful candidate is accountable to the Director of Finance and Strategy for the quality, success and development of the grounds and, as such, will have a genuine enthusiasm for their profession. The Grounds Manager will be expected to build and foster relationships with both internal and external stakeholders.

Main Duties

Grounds Management
Manage all grounds and external sporting facilities to deliver excellent surfaces as required
Produce an annual Department Plan setting out tasks for improving the sporting facilities
Input to plans to maximize the facilities available in a co-educational teaching environment
Work closely with the Director of Sport to monitor and advise on the sporting programme of activities and their use of school facilities throughout the school year
Make play and no play decisions in conjunction with Director of Sports, relevant members of the Sports Department and/or Teachers in Charge of sports
Monitor pitch usage
Undertake or manage grounds projects, including with external contractors
Input to master plan infrastructure projects as necessary
Ensure the efficient maintenance of machinery and equipment
Maintain awareness of industry developments, drawing relevant aspects to the attention of the Director of Finance and Strategy, Director of Sport and wider Grounds team to the benefit of the School
Prepare and organise the grounds and facilities for sports lets, particularly out of term time and in full consultation with Lettings Manager
Promote positive relationships with the local residents, notably in respect of managing expectations with regards the Schools responsibilities towards fencing, overhanging trees and the like

Manage all gardens and flower beds to a high standard
Manage all woodland, maintaining a schedule of trees and overseeing any remedial work
Maintain all fences and paths, in coordination with the Estates Bursar

Golf Course
Maintain the golf course to a high standard
Liaise with all stakeholders

Prepare, monitor and manage an annual non-staffing grounds running budget of around £295,000 and a capital budget of around £150,000.
Budget to cover labour, resources, grounds maintenance materials, external contractors, machinery maintenance, purchase of new equipment and capital works
Co-ordinate the negotiation, purchase, storage and control of all grounds-related materials, equipment and services in a cost-effective manner

Team Management

Supervise a team of 13
In conjunction with the Human Resources team, recruit appropriate high calibre staff
Promote and coordinate the training and development of all direct reports
Coach, mentor and motivate staff to achieve work schedules and objectives
Provide effective performance feedback through daily interactions with the team and by conducting annual appraisals on direct reports
Ensure all mandatory training is kept up to date in conjunction with the Schools Training Officer

Health & Safety

Maintain a thorough knowledge of all relevant current legislation ie health and safety, first aid, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), environment management and ensure compliance by preparing, conducting and regularly updating risk assessments

Demonstrating the highest levels of commitment and compliance to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

No job description can fully cover all aspects of the role and consequently the responsibilities are likely to evolve and change over time. This description does, however, give an overall view of the position.

Person Specification
Relevant Experience/Knowledge & Technical Competencies


proven track record within the grounds care profession, producing facilities to the highest standards
demonstrable technical knowledge of industry standards and resources
proven staff management experience, capable of motivating team without micro-management of situations
budget planning and control skills experience
demonstrable understanding of relevant and current health and safety and industry legislation
IT literate
sound working knowledge of grounds-related plant and machinery, capable of mucking in when needed


grounds management experience within a school environment
membership of Grounds Management Association (formerly known as the Institute of Groundsmanship)



a minimum of an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent experience in sports turf management
current clean driving licence


an NVQ Level 4 or equivalent experience in sports turf management
formal training in manual handling, risk assessment and supervision of staff

Personal Competencies / Skills

ability to communicate both orally and in written form
problem solver and ability to use initiative
highly organised, decisive and able to manage time effectively
flexible attitude with the ability to work under pressure
keen eye for and attention to detail
capable of working with people from wide range of backgrounds - able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy
team player with a positive attitude, strong and good at forming effective working relationships with people at all levels
keen sense of customer service and pride in success of team and finished product

Heads of Terms


Competitive, in keeping with the seniority and experience of the successful applicant

Working Hours

This is an exciting full-time role, working 37.5 hours/week all year round. Generally, the responsibilities can be carried out between 7.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, however evening and weekend work will be required particularly during the cricket and Summer season, and when the weather impacts on the activities of the School.

Staff Benefits

Automatic enrolment into Charterhouses contributory workplace pension scheme
Lunches when available
5 weeks paid holiday plus statutory English Bank Holidays. It may not be possible to take public holidays during term-time, and time off will be given in lieu.
Membership of School Sports Centre
Participation in Cycle to Work scheme (subject to eligibility)
Participation in an electric car salary sacrifice scheme (subject to eligibility)
Membership of Schools 9-hole golf course at reduced subscription
Death in service benefit
Personal Accident Insurance
Access to an Employee Assistant Programme
Support for professional development and training
Free on-site parking

Four (4) weeks during probationary period (which is normally six months). Once the appointment is confirmed both parties are required to give at least 3 months on either side.

Applications should be made in accordance with the Schools application and recruitment procedures (available on the website - )
Interview and Selection Process

If you are invited to interview this will be conducted in person and the areas which it will explore will include suitability to work with children.

Closing date for applications is
4 July 2022

Selection Process for Candidates

Shortlist interviews will take place during the week of 25-29 July 2022 at Charterhouse.

Final interviews and technical assessment, will take place at the School during the week 8-12 August 2022.

All successful job applicants will be required to undertake a Criminal Record check and to undergo child protection screening.

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