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Estates, Grounds & Maintenance Manager - job post

Alterra Farms Ltd

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An opportunity has arisen to join a diversified rural business with a focus on sustainable farming, hospitality, weddings, events, catering, natural capital and renewable energy, environmental management, and high end back to nature accommodation.

The position will oversee the estates, grounds and maintenance efforts across the group of business to include but not limited to the building, landscapes, vehicles, offices and custodial maintenance activities, to resolve problems directly or organising the swift resolution with third parties. Ensuring machinery is in good working order and preventative measures are in place and that the grounds are always immaculate with specific qualifications desirable/preferable.

In addition, objectives include effectively managing working patterns and logistics. They will be responsible for building, developing and managing a proactive team to meet deadlines and implement ideas with a problem-solving attitude.

The role includes the overseeing of and involvement in the coordination and execution of all such work and tasks.

The key function will be to maintain the high-quality appearance of the grounds throughout the year, ensuring the venue and accommodation are immaculate in appearance too. The duties of this pivotal role includes scheduling works in a timely fashion for execution and completion and responding to maintenance emergencies and all requests along with managing costs.

Always ensuring and monitoring safety procedures and efficiencies and providing such instruction to staff and contractors.

The role requires a problem-solving approach and resolution-based ethos with a positive demeanour and outlook.

Due to the nature of this role, the working days / hours are geared around the weather and the events, involving working on-call to meet a specified and defined rota system with 40 hours over 7 days per week and seasonal peaks due to the nature of the business.

The position is live-in and includes accommodation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to;

· Possessing a high level of attention to detail and taking great pride in their work

· Must have proven ability to work efficiently and effectively within a specified time and weather constraints

· Relevant experience of grounds/gardening/estate maintenance preferential

· A preference in having experience of using agricultural equipment including but not limited to tractors, mowers, hedge cutters, along with understanding of equipment up-keep

· Have experience and an understanding of Health & Safety in the workplace and adopting Risk Assessments

· Proven ability to effectively manage your own workload and supervise the work of others and prioritise workloads accordingly

· Full clean driving licence

· Proven ability to undertake maintenance works including basic plumbing and electrical work amongst other aspects

· Aptitude to learn all operating systems

Preferred skills – useful but not essential:

· Scissor lift use

· Working at height

· First aid certification

· PAT testing training/certification

· Chainsaw training/certification

· Horticultural and gardening experience with (PA1, PA2, PA6, knapsack and meadow spraying desirable)

· Awareness of air source heat pumps

Core Requirements:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Organised
  • Flexibility towards working hours is essential

Salary: TBA subject to experience.

Includes accommodation.

Hours of work: 40 hours per week over 7 days including on-call duties

Job Type: Full-time

Work Location: In person

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