• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Portsmouth
  • 33,945 - 36,647 £ / Year
  • 1 July 2024

Portsmouth City Council

Local Government

Parks Grounds Maintenance Supervisor

Salary: Band: 8, £33,945 – £36,647 p.a.

37 hours per week

Monday – Friday but may be required to work some weekends.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

The In-House Grounds Maintenance Operations Service is responsible for the maintenance of parks and open spaces, allotments, cemeteries, golf courses and semi-natural open space with assorted sports and play facilities within.  The services also provides grounds maintenance services to Traded Services incorporating schools and social service locations.

Portsmouth’s parks and open spaces are of a high standard, fit for purpose, and they are maintained to meet the needs of Portsmouth’s residents and visitors. The services main priority is to maintain a high standard across all parks and open spaces and service areas.

In this varied and busy role your responsibilities will be to manage the day-to-day grounds maintenance operation within their area including all parks, gardens, sports fields (cricket, football, rugby, bowling greens, golf course, schools, cemeteries, and allotments).   To ensure planned and ad hoc works are conducted in a safe manner following risk assessments and safe working procedures.

You will be responsible for leading a team of staff daily including weekends; identifying workloads within pre planned schedules and allocating tasks to individuals, ensuring work standards are maintained. As the Grounds Maintenance Supervisor you will be responsible to line manage staff including productivity, timekeeping and performance.

You will be dealing with public enquiries and site issues passed on by parks management team. You will provide improvement work proposals to key parks locations and assist with flower bedding designs and any parks and open spaces improvement schemes, and work with greening and biodiversity strategies.

The role not only includes front line management but also managing work schedules and ad hoc works and managing herbicide and pesticide usage.  The role will also include attending various meetings with users of sports facilities, neighbourhood forums and volunteer and friends’ groups.

What you’ll need to succeed

As well as holding a City & Guilds in Horticulture Phase 1 and 2 or equivalent experience, you will hold a PA1 & PA6 Spraying Certificate.  You will have a knowledge of ground maintenance, horticultural operations and grass sports maintenance.  You will be able to use a range of IT packages as well as being able to systematise and supervise multiple operational teams.  You will be leading and be able to motivate both individuals and groups, whilst being flexible in order to meet the needs of the service.  With a high level of organisational skills, you will be able to make quick thinking decisions when under pressure with the ability to adjust work schedules at short notice and delegate where needed.  You will be self-motivated and have a strong character as you will be required to juggle various working demands/situations as a line manager,  including updating and maintaining work instructions and records and organising and re-arranging working rotas including weekend working.  In addition, you will be able to follow and instruct Health and Safety procedures and legislation.  You will hold a full valid Driving Licence as you will be required to cover all areas of the city to ensure all work is undertaken to the standard required.

What you’ll get in return

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

Generous annual leave (27 days per year rising to 31, pro rata for part time hours) with the potential to purchase additional leave.
A fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return.
Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships.
Extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme
Discount on travel, travel loans and the bike loan scheme
Discounts on a wide range of goods and services – access a range of discounts and offers from thousands of restaurants, shops and more.

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