Horticulture Manager

From University of Oxford

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Horticulture Manager required

Job ref ADV347

While maintaining the 70 acres of the Grade II listed University Parks, the team tends to over 200 sites including college quads, departmental spaces and public spaces such as the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.

Our specialist arborists take care of 1,600 trees found in the Parks, plus the rest of the University’s stock dotted around the city – over 3,500 trees in total. 

We offer a full, horticultural, landscaping and arboricultural service to the wider University and Oxford colleges.

-Contribute to the development of the University Parks and the wider Functional Estate.

-Liaise with external and University clients regarding the provision of services offered.

-To monitor and control stock and ensure timely ordering of materials and equipment to facilitate the smooth running of the projects and routine work.

-To prepare and implement quotations and specifications for landscape projects and grounds maintenance contracts.

-To be responsible for the implementation of specific projects both for the University’s Capital Projects and for external clients.

-Liaising with members of the Capital Projects team to include; Project Officers and Managers. This would also include attending regular meetings and interfacing regularly with          the projects teams as required.

-To be responsible for monitoring, reporting and advising on the operational efficiency of the department.


-To provide a frontline response to enquiries from other University departments, contract customers and visitors.

-To produce correspondence, reports, spreadsheets and plans to a high standard both for internal and external reporting.

-To produce suitable drawings and designs to develop landscape features as necessary.

-To quantify and cost work from drawings produced internally and by others.

-To be proactive in developing the department’s business, to represent the department as necessary, and to be the first point of contact with clients and customers on site.


-To assist in the recruitment and induction of staff.

-To organise the training requirements of staff in relation to personal development and Health & Safety, and updating staff records accordingly.

-To monitor and advise on supervisory issues in relation to staff.


-To monitor costs of specific projects and prepare reports as required for the Superintendent.

-To have knowledge of and the ability to use the finance system to raise orders and check financial reports.

-To produce financial reports as required for internal and external reporting.


-To share responsibility with other senior members of staff to ensure the overall security of buildings and equipment.

-Emergency call out for problems relating to the Parks, departmental buildings, and the tree stock both within the Parks and on the functional estate.

Health and Safety

-Responsible for producing and implementing site-specific risk assessments and method statements required to work on construction sites.

-Responsible for the overall health and safety of the visitors to The University Parks, to include the on-site buildings and facilities.

-To liaise with the University Safety and Insurance Officers as necessary on Health and Safety matters relating to the Parks site.

-To report on Health and Safety as required by the Superintendent and to advise on immediate Health and Safety matters.

-To assist with the implementation of the Health and Safety Policies of both the University Parks and the wider organisation.

Other duties

-To play a key role in improving the standard of horticultural practices and manage the on-site projects.

-Other duties commensurate with the post which may be required from time to time.

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