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Grounds Person

London (Greater)
£28,448 - £31,381 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
15 Oct 2023

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Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Professional Services
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Job description

​​This is an exciting time to join the team at King’s Sport & Wellness and this role will play a key part in supporting the development of our pitch quality, planning and development as well as operations at New Malden Sports Ground.   

  • To support the delivery of outstanding Sports Grounds pitches and operations as part of the New Malden Sports Ground Team. Working with the Senior Grounds Person and Sports Grounds Manager to enhance the quality of our facilities and user experiences. 
  • To work with the Senior Grounds Person at New Malden to review and enhance our sports pitch performance, working in partnership with the Senior Grounds Person to develop pitch care programmes, to deliver pitches for student sport and our customers.  
  • To assist the Senior Sports Grounds Person in managing the King’s Sport & Wellness facility to deliver the key strategic objective of  delivering world class services to the wider university community. 

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. 

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • To act in accordance with the guiding principles as set out in the Strategic Vision 2029: to be an exceptional institution, focusing on excellence in Facilities Management; to create an inclusive environment that enables successful endeavour.
  • To support the Senior Grounds Person in planning and implementing programmes and daily work schedules to aid the maintenance and preparation of high quality sports ground playing surfaces, including grass and artificial facilities and the upkeep of ancillary Sports Grounds areas.
  • To support pitch renovations and developing an annual plan and associated budget for all pitches at New Malden for student sport and external customers.
  • Support the development and implementation of quality Sports Ground operational standards. Creating positive environments for playing sport and delivering world-class services that enhance sport experience of our University community.
  • To support the Senior Grounds Person in producing pitch performance reports, based on IOG pitch grading framework, collecting data and reporting back to King’s Sport & Wellness Management
  • To assist with the maintenance, cleaning and repair of equipment necessary for the operation of the grounds and pavilion, and for all associated equipment
  • To ensure that the facilities and services are operating with the appropriate levels of Health and Safety, working closely with the University Estates and H&SS Teams, ensuring all compliance documentation including Operational Manuals, Risk Assessments, NOP’s and EAP’s are in place and up to date.
  • To be responsible for identifying any issues arising as a consequence of any formal health and safety audits undertaken periodically across the Grounds. Ensure accidents, incidents and 'near misses' are reported, investigated and actioned, and that lessons are learnt from health and safety investigations and service adjustments made.
  • To develop good working relationships with student and external sports clubs and Partners that are priority user of the Sports Ground facilities to improve their sport experience. 
  • To maintain a comprehensive working knowledge of all facilities and services available for use and to be aware of innovations in the industry, led by IOG.
  • To be qualified to handle, calibrate and apply pesticides, fertilisers and fungicides and to supervise others carrying out such work; proactively ensuring that relevant knowledge and skill is up to date and in line with relevant regulations and codes of practice.
  • To assist in the promotion of sport at King’s and to endorse the brand identity and Values of King’s College London and King’s Sport & Wellness.
  • Act as a role model for professional behaviour and best practice.
  • Conduct any further duties, which may reasonably be required by the Senior Grounds Person or King’s Sport & Wellness Senior Management commensurate with the grade. Including working at weekends and evenings as required.

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.      A Sports Grounds Maintenance qualification, or demonstrable experience or technical knowledge  

2.      PA1 and PA6 spraying certificates  

3.      NVQ L2 standard in Amenity Horticulture and/or Sports Turf Maintenance. 

4.      Commitment to Continued Professional Development 

5.      Knowledge of Grounds management and procedures  

6.      Excellent communication skill across a variety of customer groups and ability to forge good relationships with a variety of departments or user groups 

7.      Experience of working with the needs of a broad range of Sports Ground users and stakeholder management 

8.      Knowledge of Sports Grounds organisations and structures 

9.      Knowledge of relevant Health and Safety regulations 

10.   Required to have knowledge of and ability to use Sportsgrounds machinery and relevant hand tools 

Desirable criteria

1.      GCSE or equivalent A-C grade  

2.      First Aid Qualified 

3.      A positive experience of working with HE students and staff, and members of the public


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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