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Head of Grounds – Training Ground

As the Head Grounds Person at an elite football training ground, you will play a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing the quality and safety of the playing surfaces.

Your expertise in groundskeeping will contribute to the overall success of the football team by providing exceptional training facilities.

This position requires a high level of professionalism, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Managing a team of 6 Grounds Staff, including allocation of tasks, rota, and performance management.

Managing the P&L and Capex Submissions for your department.

  1. Grounds Maintenance:

    • Oversee all aspects of grounds maintenance, including mowing, fertilizing, irrigation, aeration, and pest control, to ensure that playing surfaces are in optimum condition.

    • Develop and implement a comprehensive turf management program to enhance the quality, playability, and appearance of the training ground's playing surfaces.

    • Monitor weather conditions and adjust maintenance practices accordingly to ensure the long-term health of the turf.

  2. Equipment Management:

    • Manage the inventory, operation, and maintenance of all groundskeeping equipment, such as mowers, aerators, tractors, and irrigation systems.

    • Coordinate with suppliers to ensure the timely delivery of necessary materials and equipment for groundskeeping activitie

  1. Conduct regular inspections and routine maintenance of equipment to ensure optimal performance and safety.

  2. Team Management:

    • Supervise and lead a team of groundskeeping staff, providing guidance, training, and performance feedback to maintain a high level of professionalism and efficiency.

    • Schedule work assignments, ensuring appropriate coverage for all groundskeeping tasks, including match preparations, training sessions, and events.

    • Foster a positive and collaborative work environment that encourages teamwork and professional growth.

  3. Pitch Preparation and Event Support:

    • Collaborate with the coaching staff and facility management to prepare playing surfaces for training sessions, matches, and events, ensuring compliance with regulations and player safety standards.

    • Coordinate with other departments to support the logistical requirements of events, such as setting up and dismantling equipment, signage, and temporary facilities.

  4. Budgeting and Planning:

    • Assist in developing and managing the annual groundskeeping budget, ensuring resources are allocated effectively to meet maintenance goals.

    • Conduct research on emerging trends, techniques, and equipment in the field of groundskeeping, and make recommendations for continuous improvement.

  1. End of Season Pitch Renovations:

    • Plan and execute end-of-season pitch renovations, including scarification, overseeding, topdressing, and other necessary procedures to restore and rejuvenate the playing surfaces.

    • Collaborate with external contractors or suppliers to ensure the availability of required resources and equipment for pitch renovation projects.

    • Monitor and evaluate the progress and effectiveness of the renovation process, adjusting as needed to achieve desired results.

  2. Project Management of Pitch Reconstructions:

    • Oversee the planning and execution of pitch reconstruction projects, ensuring compliance with budgetary constraints, timelines, and quality standards.

    • Coordinate with external consultants, contractors, and suppliers to develop comprehensive project plans, including site preparation, drainage systems, turf installation, and establishment.

    • Monitor the progress of reconstruction projects, conducting regular site inspections, and addressing any issues or challenges that arise.

    • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders, such as facility management, coaching staff, and operations teams, to ensure minimal disruption to training schedules and activities during reconstruction projects.