Deputy Head Groundsperson

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head Groundsman

SALARY RANGE: £34,000 - £39,000 subject to experience, knowledge and skills

TERMS: Full-time role subject to a 3-month probationary period


London Stadium has a new position for full time Deputy Head Groundsperson to assist the Head Groundsman in managing and maintaining the playing surfaces to the highest standards within a stadium environment. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to develop their career in a grounds environment, with the opportunity to be involved in exciting events such as football, Major League Baseball, athletics, rugby and community events.

The successful candidate will have relevant experience from working within the sports turf industry, with an emphasis on helping to monitor and plan activities. A knowledge of the set up and use of modern turf management equipment is essential. A working knowledge of undersoil heating, fully automatic irrigation, pitch grow lights and turf reinforcement management will be essential to fulfil the requirements for this position.

No two days will be same so this role will be varied and give you the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities. Day to day you will be involved in preparations for some of the biggest national and international events as well as having a key role in ensuring the community pitch is delivered to meet business objectives.

Please see specific duties and requirements in the Role Profile and Person Specification below.


If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements in the job description and person specification to by 9am on 8th October 2019. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 14th October 2019.

Role Profile

Job Title: Deputy Head Groundsperson

Reports to: Head Groundsman

Location: Based at the offices at London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Hours: Five days per week, organised flexibly including match and event days or proportional equivalent.

Summary of Role

The key purpose of this role is to assist the Head Groundsman in the facilitation of all pitch activities

Roles and Responsibilities

1 To assist the Head Groundsman in motivating staff to achieve long work schedules and objectives, help encourage continuous professional development

2 To assist the Head Groundsman to coach and mentor an Apprentice Groundsman and other junior Grounds staff, to help the Head Groundsman lead on aspects of the programme

3 Liaison and management with all stakeholders, negotiating purchase, storage and control of all consumable materials, equipment and services in a cost effective manner

4 Maintain a thorough knowledge of all relevant National and Local current legislation i.e. Health and Safety, first aid, COSHH, environment and employment to ensure compliance. Conduct regular risk assessment programmes

5 Management of third party contractors

6 Previous experience of creating fertiliser programmes

7 Manage and organise casual match day staff, including preparation of rotas and collection of key details for payroll purposes

8 Ensure work area is kept clean, tidy and secure at all times

9 Adhere to the procurement process and ensure that all Purchase Orders / financial information is entered accurately in line with the deadlines communicated by the Finance Department

10 Take responsibility for own Health and Safety requirements

11 Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet London Stadium changing priorities

Person Specification


1 NVQ 3 in relevant grounds maintenance

2 NPTC – PA1, PA2 and PA6

Knowledge & Experience

3 Relevant experience working in a stadium or sport environment

4 Experience of working in a multi-use venue

5 Comprehensive knowledge of grounds industry


6 The ability to engage and communicate with all levels of stakeholders

7 The ability to reasonably challenge a methodology and / or decision

8 Excellent organisation skills

9 Proficient in Microsoft Office

Behavioural Qualities

10 Progressive

• Identifies the need for, and actions change in direction, practice, policy or procedure

• Questions the way things are done and takes informed risks

• Continuously seeks to improve efficiency and performance

11 Respectful

• Maintains people’s self-esteem when interacting with them.

• Avoids pre-judgment when listening to suggestions from others.

• Seizes the opportunity to apply London Stadium standards at all times.

12 Inclusive

• Openly collaborates with colleagues and partners in the game.

• Provides equal opportunity to people of different backgrounds, experience and perspective.

• Seeks out and embraces new ways of thinking and working.

13 Determined

• Works relentlessly to overcome roadblocks or obstacles to achieve the goal.

• Remains focused on seeing agreed goals through to completion taking pride in their work.

• Maintains motivation for their team and themselves.

14 Excellent

• Seeks to achieve the highest levels of performance all the times.

• Can be persistent to achieve a standard that others consider impossible.

• Challenges others to go further and achieve more.

15 Ability to work unsupervised and self-motivated

16 A genuine team player

17 Willing to assist team members on a wide diversity of tasks

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London Stadium


£34,000 - £39,000 Subject To Experience, Knowledge And Skills

Sep 24th 2019, 11:00

15th October 2019