Desert Springs Resort, Andalucia, South-East Spain

Senior Groundsperson

Client details:
Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course is located in Cuevas del Almanzora and Vera, the Almeria region of Andalucía, south-east Spain.

Candidate profile:
A key element of the role will be in preparing playing surfaces, outfields, practice areas and cricket nets of all the cricket facilities at Desert Springs Resort to the highest possible standard

You will have relevant experience within a First-Class county operation and

a proven track record of preparing First-Class cricket pitches and practice nets.  You will also have the experience and confidence to instruct and to lead others.

You will be a skilled and motivated Groundsperson capable of working under your own initiative.

Your knowledge of Health & Safety issues and the current Regulations and Directives of the ECB relating to pitches and match regulations will give you a distinct advantage.

Relevant General Objectives
> Work flexibly to undertake a wide variety of activities which support the Head Groundsman in carrying out his role.
> Help the Resort to meet  all ECB performance criteria.
> Continue to develop the reputation of the cricket facilities.
> Commit to an open, challenging culture where outstanding performance is the norm.

Specific Role Profile
> Prepare playing surfaces, outfields, practice areas and cricket nets of all the cricket facilities at Desert Springs Resort to the highest possible standard for all the visiting cricket groups throughout the year which will include for all forms of cricket – First Class, Limited Overs, Age Group, Academy, Club, School, College and Unversity
> Placing and removing covering from the playing area when required and assist in the removal of surface water from the playing area.
> Be conversant with all Regulations and Directives of the ECB relating to pitches and match regulations.
> On occasions take responsibility for and lead the Groundstaff team  in the absence of the Head Groundsman.
> Support the Head Groundsman in identifying training needs and help to put in place a programme of continuing professional development for the Groundstaff team.
> Participate pro-actively and contribute to team meetings.
> Operate ground equipment in accordance with the standard operating procedure for such equipment and maintain safety as a prime concern ensuring compliance with Health & Safety legislation.
> Ensure Health & Safety issues are at the forefront in all work undertaken with relevant Risk Assessments being completed where appropriate.
> Take direction from the Head Groundsman and fulfil any reasonable request or duty required by him.
> Any other duties laid down from time to time consistent with the grading of the post.

Measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
> Ensure the quality of pitches, nets and practice areas  is marked to a high level by teams and officials.
> Contribute to the improvement of the standard of pitches and practice facilities.
> Be appraised annually as a good team member working in co-operation with all members of the Groundstaff team.

Essential requirements:
Experience
> Relevant experience within a First-Class county operation.
> Using ride-on horticultural equipment.

Knowledge
Health & Safety issues, particularly with regard to horticultural machinery.

Skills 
> Able to prepare top quality playing surfaces.
> Use of grass cutting equipment.
> Able to work to dead-lines.
> Able to motivate and communicate effectively with staff.
> Able to plan and delegate effectively.

Qualities & Attitude
> Self-motivated.
> Able to work alone or in a team.
> Able to perform under pressure.
> Flexible approach to work.
> Willingness to work evenings and weekends, particularly in the summer.

Other
> Holder of full EC driving licence.

Desirable requirements:
Experience
> Management of a small team of staff.
> Proven track record of preparing First-Class cricket pitches and practice nets.

Knowledge
> Conversant with the Regulations and Directives of the ECB relating to pitches and match regulations.

Qualifications
> NVQ Level 3 in Amenity Horticulture (Sports Turf Management).

Qualities & Attitude
> Able to be innovative.
> Willingness to challenge accepted processes.

Other
> Postholder may be subject to an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check.

Process to apply:
Please send your full CV and your covering letter by e mail to ajb@almanzora.com

Web site:
www.desertspringsresort.es

Type:
Permanent, full time

Hours:
40 hours a week Monday to Sunday in accordance with pre agreed rota

Closing date:
Friday, 31 January 2020 - 11:45pm

Salary:
To be agreed with preferred candidates

Region:
Overseas

Email:
pjg@almanzora.com

Telephone:
0034 678437532