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Cleaning Operatives

Gosport Borough Council Jobs

Reference: HS400/401/402

Job details


Gosport Borough Council, High Street, Gosport PO12 1EB

Job type

Full time, Permanent



Closing date

05/06/2020 12:00 pm

Hours of work: 0800 – 1600, Monday to Thursday, 0800 – 1530 Friday

Gosport Borough Council manages over 3000 council houses and flats, some of which are dedicated older persons accommodation and some as temporary accommodation.

The Neighbourhood Management team have a key role to play in ensuring the Housing Service, residents and partner agencies, such as police, social services

and health, work together to promote the social environmental and economic well-being of neighbourhoods. Well managed communities promote a sense of pride and provide a better quality of life for residents.

What is the role?

The Cleaning Operatives are responsible for the day to day delivery of a front line estate cleaning service.    The purpose of the Neighbourhood Services Team is to help keep the local area safe, clean and tidy and to provide advice and support when needed.  The Cleaning Team play a vital role in fulfilling this aim.

This is a varied role that involves cleaning communal areas of our estates and accommodation.  This will include stairwells in external blocks of flats, communal

areas in sheltered schemes and homeless hostels, void temporary accommodation and Town Hall Offices as required.  You will need to be flexible and willing to work at a variety of locations as and when required, sometimes at short notice.

This is a physical role and you will need to be able to walk up several flights of stairs, move refuse bins and perform a variety of cleaning tasks. You will be expected to clean bin sheds and report bulk / fly tipped items and repairs as required.

Daily cleaning tasks include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning toilets and kitchens.  You will be required to clean hazardous waste such as bodily fluid, vomit and faeces if the need arises.

In addition to your usual daily tasks you may also complete specialist cleaning tasks such as carpet cleaning and steaming using equipment.  There will be a requirement to carry out maintenance of hard surface areas such as removal of moss and small weeds in drying areas using hand tools.

Good communication skills are essential both over the phone and face to face.  You may be required to work on your own or as part of a small team and will need to self-manage and prioritise tasks to be effective and meet the purpose of our service

Who is the person?

We are looking for a motivated hard working individual with a good work ethic who is able to work under their own initiative.

The successful applicants will be committed to making our communal areas safe, clean and tidy.

You need to:

  1. Be a motivated, hardworking and conscientious individual who is able to use initiative when necessary  and take pride in the work
  2. Have a proactive approach and be willing and flexible to take on tasks as required
  3. Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  4. Be prepared for or have experience of a physically challenging role where you will mostly be travelling the estate on foot, moving heavy items and climbing stairs.
  5. Wear a uniform and the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  6. Have a good understanding of COSHH and requirements to avoid cross contamination
  7. Be able to drive and have use of a motor vehicle for work

How to apply

If you feel you are the right person for this job, please apply by telling us how you meet the requirements of the role (points 1 – 7 above) and any relevant previous experience.

Include the Job title and reference number of the post you are applying for, and your contact details including phone number and email address

If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact Sally Stanton or Chris Murphy on 02392 545574.  A job profile is included below.

Closing Date:  5th June 2020 at 1200 midday

Telephone assessment:  9th June 2020

Interview Day:  12th June 2020

All applicants will be advised once short listing has been completed after the closing date.

The Council is committed to equal opportunities for all.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As part of any recruitment process, Gosport Borough Council collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants.  Gosport Borough Council is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to

meeting its data protection obligations under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Completing and sending an application in for a vacancy is your consent for us to process your data for the purpose of the recruitment.  Your data is not used in any other way and you can withdraw your consent at any point in the recruitment process and we will destroy or delete your information.

For more detailed information on what we collect how we use, store, delete date and your rights you can access a privacy statement on the Council’s website

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