Operations Manager and Deputy Head of Parks – EC6010 – Please respond direct to advertiser

From University Parks

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Operations Manager and Deputy Head of Parks required

The University Parks team takes care of the University Parks and the University of Oxford’s green estate. This includes the open spaces around some of the University’s world famous iconic buildings and first-class teaching facilities. We offer a full horticultural and arboricultural service to the University, and our client base includes Oxford colleges and the private sector. We pride ourselves on the high standard of work we provide and our ability to be adaptable and creative in all situations.

Based in the prestigious University Parks, we have an exciting new opportunity for an Operations Manager and Deputy Head of Parks to join our Senior Management Team. The successful applicant will report directly to the Superintendent, assist with the overall running of the department and take key responsibility for managing operations on a daily basis.

The role will include: responsibility for ensuring the effective daily management and development of the University estate and the commercial grounds maintenance business, worth c500K; management of the Operations Team, dealing with personnel matters, staff development and issues as they arise; assisting the Superintendent in enhancing and developing the green spaces, which are essential for improving the overall image of the University of Oxford; deputising in the absence of the Superintendent, as required; developing the commercial aspect of the operation by liaising with external and internal, and current and future clients to promote the services offered and generate new customer business; gather customer feedback to ensure a high level of service is provided, reviewed and improved continually.

Set in the heart of Oxford, the 70 acre, Victorian University Parks provide a unique blend of amenity and recreational space. It is one of the few parks still in private ownership and is Grade II listed by English Heritage. It is a much valued green space frequented by members of the University, local residents and Oxford’s tourists, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

You should: hold a degree or equivalent in Horticulture, or RHS Master of Horticulture, or a minimum of a National Diploma in Horticulture, together with proven and significant management experience; have proven horticultural experience with a wide knowledge of plants; extensive management experience with the ability to motivate and engage others; have an excellent understanding of budgeting and monitoring financial performance; have knowledge of health and safety practices and legislation. Good communication and people skills are essential.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 21 February 2019.

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