Housekeeping and Cleaning Services Assistant

Durham, United Kingdom
14 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
04 May 2021
Contract Type
Part Time

Accommodation & Commercial Services

Grade 1: - £17,046 Open-Ended/Permanent - Part Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 15
Closing Date: 04-May-2021, 6:59:00 AM 

Job Family: Estates and Information Infrastructure Services
Job Reference Number: 21000382
Department: Estates and Facilities
Accommodation and Commercial Services
Responsible to: Housekeeping and Cleaning Services Supervisor
Grade: Grade 1
Salary range: £17,046 (pro rata)
Contract type: Permanent
Working arrangements: Various full and part-time:

All year round starting June 2021:

x1 35 hours per week, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.
x1 32.5 hours per week, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.
x8 15 hours per week, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.
x1 12 hours per week, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm
x1 6.5 hours per week, 2 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm
x2 6 hours per week, 2 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.

Term-time only starting June 2021:

x1 15 hours per week, term-time, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.
x1 6 hours per week, term-time, 2 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.

All year round starting September 2021:

x1 15 hours per week, permanent, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.
X1 12.5 hour per week, permanent, flexible 5 days out of 7, working hours between 6am and 10pm.

Term-time only starting September 2021:

x2 25 hours per week, term-time, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.
x3 15 hours per week, term-time, 5 days out of 7, between 6am and 10pm.

Closing date: Midnight 3rd May 2021

Interview date (if known):  10th and 11th May 2021 (via Zoom)

The Department and role purpose  

The Estates and Facilities Directorate provides a number of essential services to Durham University and is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the infrastructure and building fabric of the various campuses, including:

  • maintaining and regularly reviewing a maintenance programme which takes account of short, medium and long term needs of all buildings and University grounds;
  • implementing the works identified and funded within the various maintenance programmes and operating a system for dealing with day-to day requirements, including the provision of an out-of-hours emergency service;
  • providing a professional, technical service to the University for the design, construction and procurement of new buildings and adaptation works to existing buildings;
  • identifying and recording the use of space and advising on ways of increasing space utilisation;
  • property and asset management;
  • acquisition and disposal of built environment related assets;
  • procuring and managing utilities and services;
  • providing postal, delivery and security arrangements and advice to the University; and
  • the delivery of a wide-range of customer-facing services, including: contract management; estates and facilities relationships management; housekeeping and cleaning, business resilience, event management; reception helpdesk; university retail; business support; health and safety; and management information.

The Housekeeping and Cleaning Services Assistant will deliver a range of cleaning/ housekeeping services across University premises, including the cleaning and servicing of facilities, offices and common areas, used by students, University employees and commercial customers.

Core responsibilities

  • Complete a defined set of tasks or procedures within a team to deliver a responsive service to stakeholders.
  • Maybe an indirect and/or direct stakeholder-facing service.
  • Follow instructions from line manager or supervisor to identify what and how to deliver a limited set of tasks or processes.
  • As and when directed assist team members by stepping-in to provide support.
  • Learn the correct methods and tasks on the job.
  • Learn and adhere to general health, safety and security procedures within the service area covered by H&SAW guidelines, on the job.
  • Use a range of equipment, tools and resources, digital devices, software and applications where necessary.
  • Communicate with line manages, supervisors, team members, other staff, students and visitors in person or using electronic tools and applications.
  • Assist team members to deliver a frontline student, staff or visitor service.

Role responsibilities

  • Learn how to deliver physical services to meet regulatory and statutory guidelines and protocols.
  • Keep physical internal and external environments, buildings and services in a safe and secure working order.
  • Use a range of equipment, tools and resources following certification and supervision to deliver services.
  • Assist team members with the security, safety, maintenance and upkeep of systems, buildings, equipment and facilities.
  • Ensure own work is completed in accordance with risk assessments specific to tasks and environments.
  • Where directed, wear and use protective equipment and clothing to carry out tasks.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific Role requirements

  • Adopt and promote a flexible approach to working, and be willing to cover absences, when given reasonable notice.
  • Competent working under minimal direct supervision with the designated local remit and liaising, where necessary, with appropriate members of staff.
  • The role will require an element of physical manual handling, which can include lifting and transporting equipment and deliveries.
  • Working evenings and weekends, as business demands.
  • Attend all training and development, as required.

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must be able to evidence the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification below (including those listed in the section ‘Realising Your Potential Approach’). 

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application. 

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

To apply for one of these roles, complete and submit the online form.

Contact details

For further information please contact: Lisa Blundell, Lisa.Blundell@durham.ac.uk

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force, including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential Criteria                                                                                                                                        

  1. Good oral and written communication skills                                                         
  2. Basic numeracy and literacy skills                                                                        
  3. Evidence of personal development to maintain skills                                          
  4. Ability to work alone but build positive working relationships and work as part of a team
  5. Ability to manage time in order to meet deadlines                                               
  6. Ability to follow instructions, written or oral, accurately                                       
  7. Good attention to detail                                                                                         
  8. Ability to deal effectively with staff and customers at all levels                            

Desirable Criteria

  1. Basic IT skills including use of Microsoft Office
  2. BICS or First Aid trained
  3. Previous housekeeping and/or cleaning experience

Realising Your Potential Approach

Providing Excellent Student Services and Professional Support: Providing the best quality service to all our students, customers and stakeholders. Building genuine and long-term relationships, through every day interactions, in order to drive up service standards and to enhance their experience.

  1. Actively listening and understanding routine tasks required, clarifying the details where necessary.
  2. Summarising basic information clearly and concisely.
  3. Engaging positively with students, customers and stakeholders.

Embracing Change: Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, demands and changing roles. Seeing change as an opportunity and being receptive to new ideas

  1. Displaying open mindedness to new ideas and proposals.
  2. Demonstrating a willingness to do things differently.
  3. Making suggestions for improvement in a positive manner.

Working Together: Working co-operatively with others in order to achieve objectives. Applying a wide range of interpersonal skills.

  1. Developing effective working relationships with colleagues.
  2. Proactively helping one another.
  3. Communicating effectively with all.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.