DCA Recruitment
05 Mar 2019
29 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Responsible to: Estate Bursar through the Maintenance & Capital Projects Manager

Internal Relationships: All Academic and Support Staff.

External Relationships: Will include estates contractors, building consultants, maintenance and building/equipment suppliers.

The School

Charterhouse is a beautiful school and a wonderful place to live and work. It was founded in 1611 and moved to its present magnificent 250 acre site near Godalming in Surrey in 1872. It has a wide range of architecture ranging from older listed buildings to modern structures. Few schools have such a wonderful campus and strong community, with excellent relationships between pupils and staff. As part of our ambitious plans, the School is moving to full coeducation from the age of 13 and look forward to welcoming our girls into the Fourth Form in September 2021. There will be girls in every year group from September 2023.

The pupil roll will grow over the next decade from 820 today to around 1,000, with the increase representing additional places for girls. With our move to co-education we aim to bring out the very best in all pupils, in all years. To support this Strategy, the School has an exciting new infrastructure master plan, which include 32 major projects for completion over the coming years.

These include the construction of two new boarding houses, the pedestrianisation of the centre of the old school, and the construction of a new cafe in the immediate future, with Art, Music and Drama projects to follow.

Mission Statement for Support Staff

To deliver the best possible cost-effective non-teaching support to all appropriate stakeholders in order to assist in achieving the educational experience set out in the School’s vision and development strategy.

The Estates Department

The Estates Department is managed by the Estate Bursar who is responsible for all building and infrastructure matters on the Charterhouse Estate, including major projects supported by external consultants.

The management of maintenance projects and tasks is currently split into two areas - Building Fabric and Environmental Services. Each area has a dedicated manager responsible for all related projects, PPM and day-to-day general maintenance tasks.

These managers are supported by the Estates Office Manager and the Procurement Coordinator.

In any one year the type and size of work which is undertaken by the Estates Department is enormously varied ranging from reactive maintenance through to major capital development projects. Work is either carried out by our in-house team of up to 15 artisan and technical tradesmen supported by sub-contractors, or we will approach small to medium contractors through to large national contractors to carry out our larger areas of project work.

At all stages we look to make the most financially attractive procurement decisions whilst meeting challenging programming deadlines and ensuring that we continue to provide quality accommodation for our staff and pupils.

The Job:

Reporting to the Maintenance & Capital Projects Manager, the Plumber will be required to work efficiently and smoothly to deliver an excellent service to the Maintenance Department and the wider School community. He/she will be required to fully contribute the necessary skills and efforts to the Maintenance Department, allowing it to fulfil its function within the school.

Main Duties:

To carry out a variety of plumbing work.

When required, assisting with water testing.

To have an awareness of Health and Safety for the individual and of work colleagues. To conduct a basic risk assessment and COSHH assessment necessary for the performance of your duties and to operate machinery and other equipment appropriate to the performance of the tasks set.

To be able to plan ahead to ensure future work is planned and completed efficiently and within agreed timescales.

To be in possession of the relevant and current trade qualifications to enable competency to a suitable trade skill level.

To abide by and participate in Charterhouse’s Health and Safety policy.

To ensure the Estate Bursar and Maintenance Manager are kept aware of your section’s work progress and of any problems that may arise.

To ensure proper communication with and the flow of information back to all members of the school community where required.

To be self-motivated; able to work in a safe, clean, and tidy manner around pupils, support staff and general public and generally protect the fabric of the School buildings.

To be able to undertake suitable training to enable the safe and effective use of equipment supplied to be able to undertake the proper performance of the tasks that are within your capability.

To keep work areas clean and tidy along with ensuring that the vehicles within the section are kept clean and tidy.

Other Responsibilities:

There will be a requirement to work on ‘Carthusian Day’ (usually the Saturday of the second bank holiday in May).

Some occasional week-end and special event work may be necessary from time to time.

To undertake any other duties which from time to time may be necessary and reasonable within the terms of this employment.

Knowledge and Skills Required


To have worked in a maintenance environment as a plumber.

To hold the latest relevant plumbing qualifications.

The post holder will have to be physically fit and able to carry reasonable loads around the school and onto work sites.

Hold a clean driving license.


Ideally the post holder will have worked within a busy school and accustomed to working with a wide range of service users.

NVQ Diploma or equivalent qualification in Domestic Heating.

Personal Competencies / Skills


A ‘team player’ and can demonstrate an ability to work with others.

Friendly, approachable and patient, with good communication skills.

Fast learner, practical and dexterous.

Good problem solver, with a flexible attitude.

Able to understand and follow through instructions.


The Job Holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom they are responsible, or with whom they come into contact, will be to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policy at all times. If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the Job Holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School they must report any concerns to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Special Working Conditions

Working hours for this role are Monday to Friday, (Apply online only), all year round. A willingness to be flexible in working hours is essential and the post holder may be required to join the ‘out of hours’ call out team.

Benefits of Employment

Starting salary of £24,000 per annum, depending on the qualifications, skills and experience of the successful candidate

Holiday: 5 weeks’ holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays


Membership of the Charterhouse Club (sports centre)

Inclusion in Personal Accident Insurance Cover

Employee Assistance Programme

School lunches are usually available throughout the year (except when School closes)

Death in Service Benefit

Contributory Pension Scheme

Benefits subject to eligibility criteria:

Subsidised membership of School Golf Club

Cycle to Work Scheme

Notice: Two weeks during probationary period (which is normally six months). Once the appointment is confirmed both parties are required to give at least one month’s notice.

Interview and Selection Process

If you are invited to interview this will be conducted in person and the areas which it will explore will include suitability to work with children.

Interview outline:

At least 1 interview with line manager and member of HR team

Tour of the School with member of the Estates team

Technical skills assessment (where appropriate)

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