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Head Gardener

Do you have excellent organisation skills with the ability to plan and organise your own, and others workloads? Do you have experience of successfully leading and managing others in a grounds maintenance environment? Are you able to build and maintain effective working relationships?

You will be a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual with a passion to provide an efficient and effective grounds maintenance services across a diverse campus. You will be responsible for the day to day supervision of one of the gardening teams within the Facilities Directorate.

You will hold a City and Guilds Level 2 qualification in Horticulture(or equivalent) alongside a recognised pesticide application qualification. You will have proven experience of working in a high profile grounds & gardens environment with the ability to manage competing demands to provide a responsive high quality service. You will possess good communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to plan, prioritise and supervise the team’s workload.  You will be able to undertake significant levels of manual handling and be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Grounds and Gardens staff are required to provide a flexible service, working as necessary to meet the needs of the business, this would normally equate to a 35 hour working week, 5 days over 7. Your normal working times will be 8am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday; however flexibility is particularly required due to seasonal variations, customer requirements and University events e.g. open days, large conferences and degree ceremonies.   

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

James Wright, Grounds and Gardens Team Leader 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5981, email: j.r.wright@leeds.ac.uk


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Facilities Directorate
School/Institute:  Estates
Category:  Operational Support
Grade:  Grade 5
Salary:  £23,067 to £26,715 p.a.
Working Time:  would normally equate to a 35 hour working week, 5 days over 7.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Tuesday 24 September 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 20 October 2019
Interview Date:  Tuesday 05 November 2019
Reference:  FDEST1150
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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