Groundsperson - Wembley Stadium
The goal is to feel like you belong...
We have an exciting opportunity for a Groundsperson to work proactively with the Grounds Manager and other members of the Grounds team to maintain and prepare the iconic Wembley pitch to the highest standard for all events hosted by the stadium.
About the Team
Looking after our world-class venues, these teams are in charge of making sure everything is safe and operationally ready. From day-to-day maintenance and perfecting pitches for matches to overseeing world-class music concerts, flagship NFL events and facilities upgrades, they're custodians of English football's two national homes.
What will you be doing?
- Maintain and prepare the pitch to relevant universal playing standards for all codes of sport hosted by Wembley as agreed by bodies such as FA, UEFA, IRB, NFL and FIFA
- Maintain surface to agreed standards by adhering to pre-defined maintenance programmes
- Maintain all pitch equipment in line with manufacturers' standards to ensure optimum operation at all times
- In conjunction with the events team work, with event owners to manage all pitch related logistics (line marking, deployment of pitch protection, scheduling of rehearsals, etc)
- Work with Pitch Contractors to reinstate pitch as dictated by the event calendar
- Deploy lighting rigs and fertiliser programme as requested by Grounds Manager/Deputy Grounds Manager
- Operate all WNSL grounds machinery to maintain the pitch to the highest standard
- Operate data collection programmes such as SGL assist and all other data collection programmes
- Assist with matchday staff management
- Management of the stadiums Lay and Play system with remote working during periods of the year
- Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
- Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
- As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.
What are we looking for?
Essential for the role:
- Relevant qualification in sports turf management
- Demonstrated experience working on sports pitches
- Demonstrate an understanding of working in the events industry which can involve unsocial hours and weekend working
- Excellent knowledge of pitch maintenance equipment (cylinder mowers, under soil heating, Artificial lighting systems etc)
- Display an understanding of different turf and synthetic surface including soil types and drainage
- Proficient skills in Microsoft Office and Excel
- Understand what a positive "team culture" means
- Full clean driving licence
Beneficial to have:
- Relevant technical qualification e.g. Iog level 2/3 / city & guilds
- General sports/events knowledge
- Relevant Health & Safety qualification preferred
- Hold NPTC accreditation PA1, PA2 and PA6
What's in it for you?
We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.
We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:
- Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
- Free private medical cover.
- A contributory pension scheme.
- An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
- A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.
For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page, https://www.thefa.com/about-football-association/careers
The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.
The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.
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We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.