Are you an experienced groundsperson looking to take the next step in your career in sports turf maintenance? Are you looking to try something different? We’re a fast-paced, global business working with a range of clients on projects from product development to elite sports. If this sounds interesting, we’d love to hear from you.

Background

STRI Group is a global design, engineering and management consultancy and all services are underpinned by scientific research. Our skills were founded within the design, management and maintenance of sports surfaces, and we continue to deliver and implement strategies for sports facilities and their surrounding infrastructure, as well as working within residential, corporate and commercial spaces.

STRI has been delivering bespoke research and development solutions on an 8-hectare site in Yorkshire since its inception in 1929. The latest innovations in turf-related technologies continue to be imagined, tested and developed on site as we strive to continually improve playability and sustainability of natural sports and amenity surfaces.

We are looking for a talented individual to join the UK grounds team, based in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

The successful candidate will form an integral part of our grounds team, maintaining our trials ground to the highest standard. This team is responsible for planning, constructing and maintaining our trials areas to meet the needs and specifications of the research being conducted. This covers a wide range of different constructions and maintenance regimes, including football, tennis and golf areas.

STRI runs a wide variety of research trials, product tests and machinery testing for a broad selection of clients ranging from governing bodies of sport to various commercial entities. With a variety of changes and challenges being presented to the industry, this is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of research and innovative solutions.

This is a unique and varied role which would suit someone wanting to further develop their career and learn a variety of different maintenance practices. Working hours are predominantly Mon-Fri 8:15 – 16:00.

The role will include:

  • Carrying out area preparation, grass establishment and turf maintenance in accordance with trial requirements.
  • Maintenance of turf areas, either under trial management protocol or as part of routine maintenance.
  • Liaise with individual project staff on turf maintenance requirements and scheduling for specific research trials.
  • Monitor areas and working with the Head grounds-person, develop plans for routine maintenance, renovation, construction and strategic improvements.
  • Responsibility for keeping records of health and safety requirements through PUWER, risk assessments and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure systems.
  • Assist with training and development of Grounds and Facilities team members.
  • Carry out, working alongside the Head Grounds-person, works associated with upkeep of non-turf areas and buildings.
  • Lead the team, with the guidance of the Head grounds-person, in delivery of the tasks for the day, ensuring the team operates efficiently and to a high standard.
  • Ensure the team are keeping up to date with all administrative responsibilities.

 

A successful candidate must have:

  • Attention to detail and flexibility of working style to tackle challenges.
  • A desire for self-improvement and the ability to take responsibility for tasks allocated to them and the team they work with.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to work as part of a team and to produce high level standards of sports turf.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • PA1 and PA6 spraying certification.


Desirable but not essential:

  • NVQ qualifications in sports turf maintenance or equivalent.
  • Previous management/ team leadership experience.
  • Proven experience of maintaining high level sport surfaces.
  • PA2 spraying certification.

 

If you would like to discuss the role in person, we will be at BTME across all 3 days (23rd – 25th Jan). Please email enquiries@strigroup.com or call 01274 565131, leave a phone number and your details and we will contact you to arrange a suitable time to have an informal discussion.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and covering email/letter detailing why you are interested and what you can bring to this position to ross.normington@strigroup.com

The closing date for applications is 9th February 2024. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 12th February. You may be asked to prepare a presentation of your work to demonstrate your skills and experience.

If you would like an informal discussion regarding this role please contact Ross Normington, STRI’s Head Groundsperson on 01274 565131.

If you would like to work with us but do not think this role is suitable or feel you do not fit the job description, please do not hesitate to get in contact. We are always looking for talented, driven people and would be happy to talk to you about any opportunities, now or in the future.