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University Porter / Portering

Surrey, United Kingdom
£22,500 to £26,500
Closing date
8 Dec 2023


Location: Guildford
Salary: £22,500 to £26,500
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Friday 08 December 2023
Interview Date: Thursday 14 December 2023
Reference: 062423

About us 

The University of Surrey is a leading UK University with global reach. We are a very diverse organisation attracting colleagues and students from all over the world. We strive for excellence in service in everything we do. Does this sound like you?  

Come and join us.   

Working Environment  

Our workplace offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere, with a focus on teamwork and collaboration. You will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic setting where no two days are the same. As part of the post and portering team, you will play a crucial role in maintaining the smooth operation of the University.  

About the role  

We are seeking a number of enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our busy post and portering team. As a member of this close-knit team, you will be responsible for the portering tasks within our organisation. It’s a busy role, with a lot of variety, across two busy campuses where you will be communicating with colleagues and students on a regular basis. It is quite an active role where you will be on your feet for the majority of your day too.

During busy times, you can also further develop your skills by assisting the post team on our busy reception. 


  • Assisting with the movement of goods, equipment, and supplies throughout the university.  
  • Delivering items to different departments or locations as needed.  
  • Responding to requests for furniture or equipment relocation within the premises.  
  • Collaborating with team members to ensure timely completion of portering tasks.  
  • Ensuring the safe handling and transport of waste streams including furniture, electrical items, food recycling and confidential waste.  
  • Undertaking training to acquire skills in the other area to provide support and coverage when required.  
  • Demonstrating flexibility and adaptability to seamlessly switch between roles as needed.  


  • Previous experience in a portering role is advantageous but not mandatory.  
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage tasks efficiently.  
  • Physical fitness to handle lifting and moving of heavy objects or equipment.  
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work well within a team.  
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new tasks and responsibilities.  
  • Reliable and punctual with a strong work ethic.  
  • Drivers Licence is essential for this role.  

We are also actively recruiting for Post Room Operatives and you may be interested in working across both roles.  

We offer competitive benefits with generous holiday and access to great facilities.  

To apply   

  • Please attach your CV and complete the application form where you will be asked to provide us with evidence of suitability against a number of specific requirements of the role.  
  • Please apply by 23:59 on Friday 8th December    

Interview Dates 14th or 15th December 2023.   

If you want to find out more please email to arrange a call.

Further details:    Job Description    

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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