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Maintenance Operative at The Oxford Union Society

The Oxford Union Society
Maintenance Operative
United Kingdom
Expiry Date
12 Dec 2022
GBP30000 - GBP34000
Posted on
14 Nov 2022


Maintenance Operative (MO)

Full Time or Part-Time job share totalling 40 hrs per week including meal breaks

Salary £30,000 - £34,000

Closing date Sunday 11th December 2022

Interviews TBC (January 2023)

The Oxford Union Society is entering a period of growth and renewal as we look forward to celebrating our Bicentenary in 2023. We have a collection of Grade II* and Grade II listed buildings in central Oxford which require a sympathetic, committed and multi-disciplined MO to care for them. We are undertaking a strategic review of our buildings which will result in a long-term restoration programme and where possible adaptations to make them fit for the future while provide greater access. This is an exciting time to join the team which will provide an opportunity to be a part of some major projects, providing interesting work and valuable experience within heritage conservation in an inspirational setting.

For further details, including application details, please see below. Applications are particularly encouraged from women, ethnic minorities, disabled and other groups with a protected characteristic who are currently under-represented on the Union’s staff.

The Post

We are the custodians of a series of incredible Victorian buildings. Buildings on our central Oxford site have taken place in three distinct phases:, The original buildings date from the 1850’s, are Grade II* listed and house the world famous Pre-Raphaelite murals in the Old Library which was the original debating chamber. The Debating Chamber was completed in 1878, is Grade II* listed and remains the largest purpose-built debating chamber in Europe. The final phase of building in the Gothic style dates from 1910/11 and provides an additional library, dining room, and administrative areas.

The MO must be capable of working independently and reports directly to the Deputy Bursar and has close contact with the Bursar. The role requires working proficiency across trades akin to a maintenance operative with additional responsibilities and duties for health and safety compliance, contract liaison with third parties to ensure servicing and maintenance schedules are completed and some project supervision. Previous experience of maintenance within a heritage environment would be an advantage.

Main Duties

The main duties of this role are to:

1. General Maintenance:

  • Perform regular maintenance and upkeep of the estate as required
  • Ensure planned tasks as detailed in the building maintenance plan are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Work with the Deputy Bursar and Bursar to develop the plan as and when required
  • Painting and redecoration of areas as required
  • Window and door maintenance and repairs
  • Basic furniture repairs
  • Basic electrical maintenance
  • Basic plumbing maintenance
  • Gutter and drain clearance
  • Reactive repairs and maintenance

2. Routine checks and record keeping

  • Weekly, monthly and annual H&S and Fire Safety checks, testing and record keeping in line with plan
  • General housekeeping ensuring fire escape routes are free from obstruction
  • Liaising with third parties to book servicing of equipment and updating records as required
  • Reporting to the OUS H&S board monthly to review incidents and near misses, engaged with finding and implementing solutions
  • PAT testing of all electrical equipment and associated record keeping
  • Emergency light testing
  • Ensuring fire and H&S signage is in good condition and serviceable, repairing or replacing where required

3. General Duties

  • Responsible for the condition, cleanliness and stocking of the workshop
  • Assisting in set up and clear down of rooms, etc… where necessary
  • General appearance and presentation of the site
  • Lawn mowing, basic gardening tasks and courtyard cleanliness
  • Any other tasks as requested by the Bursar and Deputy Bursar
  • Either hold a qualification or willing to attend training to become a first aider at work

4. Project Supervision

  • During specific projects act as a project supervisor to impart knowledge to and assist contractors.

Person Specification


  • Demonstrable multi-trade experience
  • Knowledge of H&S procedures (e.g PAT, COSHH etc)
  • Ability to work independently without supervision and as a part of a team
  • Effective communicator at all levels
  • Organised and efficient
  • Willingness to undertake training where required
  • A positive attitude


  • An interest in conservation and the care of historic buildings
  • Management of contractors and sub-contractors on a day-to-day basis

Please note that this is a physically demanding role located in Grade II* and II listed buildings, it will require at times moving heavy objects (training given as part of induction package), working at height and working with tools capable of creating noise, vibration and dust. The buildings are currently only accessible via stepped access and although we will seek to make accommodations wherever possible, good physical mobility is required.

Conditions of Employment

This post is full-time/part-time job share (40 hours per week, including lunch breaks) and subject to a probationary period where your suitability will be assessed further. A degree of flexibility is required and can be accommodated by mutual consent to cover deliveries, contractors and personal life. The Union is generally closed for two weeks at Christmas, a week at Easter and two weeks in the Summer. In addition, the post holder will have 10 days’ elective holiday entitlement, totalling 30 days plus 8 bank holidays. These elective days must be taken during the University vacation period and by arrangement with the Deputy Bursar. You will also be automatically enrolled in our contributory pension scheme and entitled to free lunch (to a fixed value) during University term time when the kitchen is open.


Applications consisting of CV with covering letter and the names of two referees, whom we may contact in the event that you are shortlisted, should be emailed to with the subject ‘MO Application’.

In accordance with its Equality Policy the Oxford Union is strongly committed to being an open, diverse, and inclusive society and to ensuring that decisions on the recruitment, selection, and any promotion of staff within the Union are consistent with this policy.

As part of that commitment to ensure that those who are employed by, or seek employment at, the Oxford Union Society are treated equally and that we treat equally all applications and avoid any discrimination involving 'protected characteristics' under the Equality Act 2010, we therefore invite all applicants for employment at the Oxford Union to complete and submit an equality monitoring form, found here. This will be processed separately from your application on an anonymous basis and will not be visible to those involved in making decisions on the appointment.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 11th December 2022 with interviews and a scenario held in January 2023

Contact details

Frewin Court
Oxford, OX1 3JB

+44 (0)1865 241353

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