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Crematorium & Grounds Assistant - job post

Westerleigh Group
2.7 out of 5
Vale Royal Crematorium, Shurlach Lane, Davenham, Northwich CW9
From £24,193 a year - Permanent, Full-time

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  • From £24,193 a year

Job type

  • Permanent
  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekend availability
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


Vale Royal Crematorium, Shurlach Lane, Davenham, Northwich CW9

Pulled from the full job description

  • Bereavement leave
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Employee mentoring programme
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Free flu jabs

Full job description

Crematorium & Grounds Assistant

Working flexibly, 5 days per week which will include regular weekends, evenings and early mornings on a rota basis.

40 hours per week

Our core operating hours are between 6am – 10pm so the ability to work flexibly across 5 days of the week will be required. Variations in working hours will always be discussed in advance.

From £24,193 per annum + Site performance bonus + Benefits


Vale Royal Crematorium

Have you always wanted to use your transferable skills in a role where what you do can truly make a difference every day?

Would you enjoy working as a part of a close-knit team with a sense of camaraderie not found in a generic job?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are the largest independent operator of crematoria in the UK, employing more than 450 empathetic and dedicated individuals and we are growing.

Like many of our employees, you might not have considered this line of work before, however with industry training provided and on-going career development, you will find it one of the most varied and rewarding opportunities you could ever imagine.

The role

As part of our busy team, you will ensure that families are given the best experience possible.

No two days will be the same as each family and service are uniquely personal.

The focus of this role will be on Grounds and Cremation duties:

· Grounds / Gardening – Basic grounds and site maintenance e.g. Gardening, grounds maintenance including lawn cutting, strimming, leaf clearance, hedge cutting, litter picking, watering, weeding, pruning, spraying, preparing the ground and assisting with interment of ashes.

· Cremation – You’ll be fully trained and work towards an accredited FBCA qualification under supervision and guidance from experienced colleagues. You will be involved in the end to end cremation process and ashes management. You will need to be able bodied as there will be manual handling involved in this process. PPE will be provided for your safety. Some of our sites also have burial grounds so you could also be involved in these services if applicable.

Although the focus of this role is on Grounds and Cremation duties you will also be required to assist with wider site operations including:

· Chapel - Preparation of the chapel hall before each service and welcoming the families and Funeral Directors attending and directing them to their seats. Ensuring the correct music / visual tributes are played, orders of service are in place and offering support as required.

· Office - Answering the telephone with great customer service skills, helping families with queries / collection of ashes / planning a service to showing a family around the grounds to view memorial options.

· Ad hoc work – for example getting involved in a Christmas service or making sure the site is tidy and presentable.

This role requires flexibility and pulling together as one team to support each other and provide the exceptional care and service that we are known for.

About you

· Any previous bereavement / funeral industry or grounds maintenance experience would be beneficial (e.g. Crematorium Assistant / Crematorium Technician / Gardener / Grounds operative / Funeral Operative / Funeral Arranger etc) however not essential as full training is provided.

· You will need to be able bodied as manual handling will be part of this role. PPE will be provided for your safety.

· Happy to work outside come rain or shine.

· Emotionally resilient and organised with excellent attention to detail.

· A real team player with natural compassion and the desire to make a difference every day.

· Flexible in approach to working hours.

· Comfortable communicator able to speak to people in a caring and understanding manner.

· Good level of IT skills and comfortable with Word / Excel and emails.

About Westerleigh

Westerleigh Group has been building and managing Crematoria for over 30 years and we care for over 60,000 cremations and burials every year. Our first site opened in 1992 in a village called Westerleigh, near to Bristol. We currently have 40 sites across England, Wales and Scotland with plans to continue growing with care.

We have established a reputation for creating beautifully landscaped, high quality and peaceful facilities where families can remember and celebrate the life of their loved ones. Our core objective is to deliver the highest possible standards of care in a way that is uniquely personal.

We play an active part in the local communities that we serve and in 2023 our sites raised over £400,000 to support local charitable causes and projects.

Our letters to heaven post boxes continue to capture hearts and minds. An inspirational idea from the daughter of one of our colleagues.

In 2021 Distinct Cremations was formed as part of the Westerleigh Group and caters to the direct cremation market.

What We Offer

If you would like to join the Westerleigh team, you can be sure of a warm welcome, ongoing training and development and a sense of pride by truly make a difference every day to the families we serve. No two days are the same and many of our Managers have progressed upwards within the business.

The values we champion are Safety First, Exceptional Care, Uniquely Personal and One Team.

In addition to salary, you will also be eligible for the following benefits:

· Site performance bonus up to 5%

· 24 days holiday + 8 days bank holiday

· £500 salary increase (pro rata) after completing FBCA Accredited cremator training

· Life Assurance

· Access to a wide range of retail discounts and wellbeing support

· Ongoing learning & development

· Pension scheme

· Employee Assistance / Occupational health support Program

· Headspace: Mindfulness App

· Mental Health First Aiders

· Free Cremation benefit for Immediate family

· Bereavement Leave

· Enhanced maternity & paternity pay

· Recognition scheme

· Free Flu jab

· Smart uniform and PPE provided

· Snack boxes / fruit boxes on site

· Free parking

What next? Start a career with significance by applying today.

We reserve the right to close the application window sooner if a significant number of applications are received.

If you’re not contacted, please assume you have been unsuccessful. Unfortunately, feedback is not always possible due to the volume of applications we receive.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: From £24,193.00 per year


  • Bereavement leave
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Employee mentoring programme
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Enhanced paternity leave
  • Free flu jabs
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme
  • Performance bonus

Application question(s):

  • What transferable skills do you feel you have?
  • What interests you about this role?
  • We operate a refer a friend scheme. Have you been referred by one of our colleagues? (Please state name):
  • You will be working for 40 hours per week. 5 days out of 7 which will include regular early starts, late finishes and weekend working on a rota basis. Shift patterns provided with notice. Are you able to work flexibly?
  • Our core operating hours are between 6am – 10pm so the ability to work flexibly between these hours on a shift pattern notified in advance is essential. Are there any days of the week / times you are not available for work?


  • Funeral industry / Bereavement sector: 1 year (preferred)
  • Professional Gardening / Grounds: 1 year (preferred)


  • Driving licence (preferred)

Ability to Commute:

  • Northwich, CW9 8RP (preferred)

Work Location: In person

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