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VACANCY: Head Groundsman

11 November 2020

Oldham Athletic are looking to recruit a new Head Groundsman as the position has now become vacant.

JOB TITLE: Head Groundsman

Boundary Park, Furtherwood Road, OL1 2PA
Chapel Road Training Ground, OL8 4QL

REPORTS TO: Head of Operations


WORKING HOURS: 40 Hours per week plus attendance at all home fixtures.

SALARY: Dependent on experience.

Main Role Purpose

The Head Groundsman will be responsible for the delivery of pitch maintenance and improvement at both sites to the highest standards. Managing a team of staff to deliver the highest quality playing surfaces and work flexibly due to the first team commitments.

The roles and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Presentation of all pitches to the highest standard for matches and training schedules.
  • Carrying out general grounds duties such as cutting the grass, watering the pitch, marking the pitch and match preparations.
  • Creation of work and fertiliser programmes to ensure the pitches are maintained to the highest possible standard.
  • Establishing and managing budgets for all aspects of work undertaken and ensuring that those budgets are adhered to.
  • Liaising with suppliers to order products and services where required.
  • Ensure machinery is maintained and serviced to an acceptable standard.
  • Managing and upskilling staff to ensure that they can carry out their duties in an efficient manner and to an acceptable standard.
  • Presenting and managing an end of season/closed season pitch renovation programme ensuring the required work is carried out by suppliers.
  • Liaising with the First Team Manager, Academy and coaching staff on a daily basis to ensure pitches are appropriately prepared for training.
  • Providing support and training to apprentices and under skilled staff.
  • Maintaining and creating relationships with key suppliers.
  • Be available for the required training sessions, based around training schedules.
  • Any other duties as required and directed by the Owner, Directors or Club Secretary.

Skills & Experience Required

  • Qualified with an NVQ Level 3 in Sports Turf Management or equivalent Qualification.
  • Experience in working on professional sports pitches.
  • PA1, 2a and 6 Spraying certificates are desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Ability to lead a team to achieve the desired standards.
  • Able to work effectively lead a team and independently using own initiative.
  • Full UK Driving License and own vehicle.


To ensure compliance with the company’s safeguarding policy a DBS will be a requirement for this role due to the immediate presence around the changing facilities.

How To Apply

To apply please provide your CV plus a covering letter including why you would be the ideal candidate for the role, your previous experience and salary expectations to:

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020.

We may conduct interviews before the closing date. All interviews will be at the earliest available opportunity.

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