Head Groundsperson – ADV261 – Please respond direct to advertiser

From becky.cartlidge

Welbeck is one of the great traditional landed estates, set mainly within Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, an area of great natural beauty. The Estate extends to some 15,000 acres, straddling the borders of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.  Several areas of the Estate have been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England, providing a fantastic habitat for a diverse range of wildlife. Much of the land on the Estate is used for agriculture and forestry purposes.

Reporting to the company directors and to the owning family, the Head Groundsperson will be responsible for managing all site based activities to ensure that all grounds maintenance work is delivered on time, to the required standards and within agreed budgets whilst maximising client satisfaction.  They will be responsible for ensuring that all Health & Safety requirements are met within your department and have proven experience in supervising staff and budget management.


Supervise staff to ensure standards are maintained and maintenance tasks are completed.Train, develop and motivate staff to continuously develop their technical skills.Management of machinery including maintenance and purchasing of new equipment.Responsible for the management of contractors where required.Estimate resources required for work projects, schedule and allocate work activities and maintain a budgetary overview of both operational and capital expenditures to maximise cost efficiency.To organise and manage any work to the Abbey gardens.To help with any family events and organise seasonal decorations in consultation with the family.Maintain the cricket pitch and tennis court to high standards.Manage the control of invasive weeds & plants like Bracken and Japanese Knotweed on key areas of the Estate.Manage all aspects of Health & Safety within the department in line with company expectations and promote safe working practices at all times.Maintain accurate records and produce management reports.Manage grounds maintenance work on the company’s commercial sites providing feedback to other department managers.Manage the maintenance and development of wild flowers in road side verges around the estate.Manage the gritting & snow clearing policy around the estate, retail businesses and tenanted properties over 7 days a week.Manage the maintenance on external ecology sites as instructed by other department managers.Maintain signage and gateway fences around the estate and report any defects to the building department.Source and encourage funding from external bodies where possible, including the production of reports, etc. to gain this.Monitor and implement works within the parkland plan to maintain standards within the registered parkland.

To carry out other general tasks as may reasonably be requested by management.


The successful candidate must have:

-Full UK driving licence, ideally with a trailer entitlement.

-High level of further education or significant experience in a similar role.

-Excellent communication skills.

-The ability to work alone and as part of a team

-Excellent knowledge of Health & Safety and all relevant regulations.

-A “can do” attitude, be a hard-working team player and maintain a high quality of work

-The ability to manage staff and contractors.

-Experience in budget planning to cover labour, resources, external contractors, machinery maintenance, purchasing of new equipment and capital works.

-The ability to manage with little supervision and be pro-active.