Job Vacancies

 

HEAD OF BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT

Permanent, Full Time

The Head of Building Department will report to the Estate Owner and his Agent and will work in tandem with the other Heads of Department and the Estate Office staff. The post comes with a good salary, pension, vehicle for business use (or allowance). Accommodation on the estate may be available.

The post is based at The Estate Office, Whitfield, Hexham, NE47 8HD.

The Role

The Head of Building Department will manage and lead the Estate Maintenance Team, be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the repair, maintenance, conservation and preservation of the Estate’s portfolio of properties, including historic and architecturally important buildings.

The role also includes the preparation and costing of specifications for building works, procurement of competitive tenders by third party contractors, the provision of responsible, efficient and cost-effective property management, maintenance and project management services, along with the supervision of works.

The Head of Buildings Department will also be responsible for all health and safety related matters and CDM compliance within their department. The post carries a high level of responsibility, and the post holder will be part of a wider team requiring good team-working skills, but also be able to work unilaterally taking responsibility for their own actions.

The role is full time, and you will be expected to provide out of hours emergency cover along with other team members.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide leadership to a team of 2 – 3 estate employees and a team of outside contractors.
  • Taking responsibility for all properties and other Estate infrastructure, including private water supply, sewage treatment and biomass district heating systems, to ensure that they are maintained in good repair and a legally compliant condition.
  • Maintain a rolling repair and maintenance programme and produce an annual budget alongside the Estate Owner and his Agent.
  • Lead and maintain standards of health and safety, and CDM compliance within the department.
  • Prepare specifications and contracts for repair, improvement, and new development projects across the wide spectrum of let and in hand properties of the portfolio, procure competitive tenders for works, and project manage the same.
  • Manage the external decoration of the Estate’s properties.
  • Co-ordinate contractors and sub-contractors for maintenance requirements.
  • Prepare and maintain standard specifications for building maintenance and redecoration.
  • Pro-actively arrange cyclical maintenance for items such as gutters, downpipes and other regularly required items across the Estate.
  • Liaise with and cooperate with other departments to ensure smooth running of estate activities and infrastructure.

Person Specification and Key Skills

It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have the following attributes:

  • Hold a relevant qualification in the building and construction sector such as MRICS, MCIAT or the equivalent in a Facilities Management or Project Management background.
  • IT proficient.
  • Experience in financial management in relation to Estate budgeting and project costing.
  • Ability to identify, specify and prioritise repair and/or maintenance issues on buildings of various ages, type, size, and complexity.
  • A strong working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and policy within the industry and how this applies to the estate, its employees and contractors, and portfolios of property and land.
  • In-depth knowledge of building construction and services for buildings of various ages and type.
  • Ability to demonstrate team delivery of work and ‘hands on’ knowledge when required.
  • Showing professionalism and loyalty to the estate at all times.
  • An excellent communicator, with project delivery experience and understanding, and strong personnel management skills (essential).
  • Experience of listed buildings, conservation, and restoration (important).

Applications should be made by submitting a covering letter and C.V to Susan Davis susan.davis@whitfieldestate.co.uk

 

 

HOLIDAY PARK MAINTENANCE SUPERVISIOR

Permanent, Full Time

The Role

As a result of continued expansion we are recruiting a Park Maintenance Supervisor to join our existing holiday park management team on the Whitfield Estate, Northumberland. The successful candidate will be able to work within a small team as well as independently, will be personable and possess good communication skills. They should demonstrate a proactive and flexible approach to work, be willing to take responsibility and ownership of tasks and have a common sense approach.

As the Park Maintenance Supervisor, you will be responsible for maintenance of all aspects of the park grounds, for an ‘owner only’ Holiday Park which is currently undergoing further development. The park currently contains 90 caravans and work is starting to accommodate up to 42 additional luxury lodges on an adjacent site. You will report to the Management Team and work closely with them, ensuring that the Park is maintained to a high standard and is a safe environment for all.

Main responsibilities & Duties

· Moving and siting caravans

· Completing risk assessments

· Getting pitches ready for siting caravans

· Delivery and installing gas bottles on to caravans for our owners

· Grass cutting and strimming

· General maintenance including some ground works, paving etc.

· Provide cover for the Park Manager on days off and holidays

· Some light administratirative duties

Requirements

  • Experience using hand and electrical tools
  • Attention to detail and to take pride in your work
  • Ability to take ownership of a task and see through to fruition
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Previous experience working on holiday parks (desirable but not essential)
  • Experience in writing risk assessments (desirable)
  • Flexible, reliable and a good timekeeper
  • Health and Safety knowledge and experience (desirable)
  • Be willing to take on new tasks and learn new skills

· Assist on the wider Whitfield Estate on occasion when required; grounds maintenance, walling, light forestry work.

Qualifications and Skills

· Experience of operating modern machinery is a requirement of the role (NTPC certification is preferable). Additional experience in operating chainsaws and the safe application of pesticides would also be helpful. Full training will be provided where required. A current, clean driving licence is essential in being able to fulfil the role.

Working week

The standard working day for all employees on the Estate is 8.00am – 4.30pm, although additional hours may be required to properly fulfil the duties of the role. Due to the nature of the holiday park business, the working week will involve working five days in seven, to include weekends and Bank Holidays from time to time (normally during the High Season).

Applications should be made by submitting a covering letter and C.V to Susan Davis susan.davis@whitfieldestate.co.uk