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Careers & working with us

One of the main priorities here at Ground Control is the development of our people, along with providing employment and training opportunities for the wider community. Joining Ground Control means joining a company that encourages innovation and creativity, and we pride ourselves on looking after the growth of all employees to encourage a collaborative working environment.

Established in 1973, we have plenty of knowledge and experience to share with all new employees. We strive to learn from each and every person that joins our team, just like we strive to learn from each and every job we complete.

To maintain our ability to offer a diverse range of services, we are often seeking talented and skilled individuals to join our teams. We enjoy nurturing the potential of our workforce, and offer regular training opportunities to improve their skillsets to not only benefit us but also to further our employees’ own careers.

Please get in touch to discuss our available opportunities further – and remember to stay connected with us on social media too.

Benefits of working with us:

At Ground Control, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work. In addition to competitive salaries, we also offer the following:

  • Semi-Annual Bonuses*
  • Share Options*
  • Company Pension
  • Discounted BUPA health care
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Training and Development
  • Free Gym Membership (Billericay based staff only)

*Applicable to certain job roles only

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Discover what it’s really like to work here as some of our people share their experiences and talk about their current roles.

Alfredus Grounds Maintenance Operative

The prospect of completing projects and providing exceptional service while knowing I will be well rewarded for my efforts provides my motivation. Knowing the harder I work the more my family will benefit ensures I work to the best of my abilities every day. In the summer, a great deal of extra works are undertaken which can mean early starts...
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Alfredus

Alfredus

Grounds Maintenance Operative

The prospect of completing projects and providing exceptional service while knowing I will be well rewarded for my efforts provides my motivation. Knowing the harder I work the more my family will benefit ensures I work to the best of my abilities every day.

In the summer, a great deal of extra works are undertaken which can mean early starts and working over the weekend. This extra work is not only positive in terms of financial rewards but also in terms of my personal health. I have spent more time outdoors, in the countryside and exploring various parts of the UK than I would have in any other profession.

I am often involved in planting shrubs and trees while also providing follow up maintenance works. I recently supervised a planting and maintenance project and was blessed with an incredible feeling of accomplishment to see my team’s work blossom into a beautiful planting scheme on a previously bare location.

One of the most exciting prospects of my job is that every day is different from the last. One day I could be spending a day mowing a lawn on the side of a river bank on a warm summer’s day and the next I will be working on tree maintenance projects in the middle of a forest. This job is far from monotonous and it is this aspect that keeps me looking forward to every new challenge.

I know I get out what I put in, so the harder I work alongside my teams the more able I am to provide for my family.

James Hanna Contracts Manager Arb Rail

The anticipation of not knowing what each day is going to bring is what keeps me excited and looking forward to each day at work. In the rail industry you are often dealing with a 24 hour service meaning you never know what is lying around the corner, so my most valuable quality is being able to react to each...
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James Hanna

James Hanna

Contracts Manager Arb Rail

The anticipation of not knowing what each day is going to bring is what keeps me excited and looking forward to each day at work. In the rail industry you are often dealing with a 24 hour service meaning you never know what is lying around the corner, so my most valuable quality is being able to react to each job as it arises.

Each challenge is different from the last meaning you can never be standing still or you will fail to overcome the next obstacle. To be available for each client at any hour of the day is an exceptional thrill, while nothing can beat the feeling of knowing you have been able to complete a job safely and efficiently.

The reality of my job is that it is 24 hours a day. You need to be available for multiple clients, especially within the transport industry where a single incident can lead to a backlog of delays across a whole network. The role is extremely reactive and very much the opposite of planned grounds maintenance work. Clients here expect instantaneous responses with fast results to ensure minimal disruption to track lines.

Despite it being an endless task to ensure the smooth operation of multiple client tracks and access routes, I know I am making a difference for thousands of people commuting each day. Additionally, you can complete multiple jobs for a single client and each one is as satisfying as the last because you are able to build a lasting and trusting relationship indicating that they not only believe in your service but also rely on it.

Marc Wilkinson Regional Operations Manager

Despite being able to organise yourself, your work and managing large-scale projects, there is little consistency in terms of daily hours; however, this is something I love! Some days you could spend 8-9 hours travelling in the car. Yet on the flip side you are also able to work in the comfort of your home on other days which can...
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Marc Wilkinson

Marc Wilkinson

Regional Operations Manager

Despite being able to organise yourself, your work and managing large-scale projects, there is little consistency in terms of daily hours; however, this is something I love! Some days you could spend 8-9 hours travelling in the car. Yet on the flip side you are also able to work in the comfort of your home on other days which can be priceless. Time management, organisation, self-discipline and communication are essential when working as a Regional Operations Manager.

I love the fact that I am able to go to work and know exactly what I am doing and when. One of the key aspects of this job is the ability to manage your time effectively.

Knowing that I am the hub of a large amount of the work is extremely rewarding. I spend large amounts of time liaising with clients and our Key Account Managers, which makes me an essential component to keep the company ticking over.

We won an extension to our Thames Water contract in 2013 and we were rewarded for our great work on the initial contract with a much larger area to manage. Upon entering the contract we were given the job of clearing 22 miles of concrete with vegetation built up over 10-12 years situated on the banks of large expanses of water with a 12 month target to complete a project.

We were able to attain the right teams and equipment to manage the job efficiently, safely and to a high standard. This is just one example of the varying challenges that I face on a daily basis.

There is nothing more motivational than knowing you are working in a company that is continuously growing, highlighted by us being well on the way to producing £100m turnover by the year 2020.

Neil Walby Senior Construction Manager

In my role, no two days are the same and that variety keeps things fresh and interesting. The mix of meeting various members of my team, contractors, clients and managing my own workload, whether in the office or attending pre start contract meetings, progress site visits or surveying sites and producing tenders, is a real challenge at times but also...
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Neil Walby

Neil Walby

Senior Construction Manager

In my role, no two days are the same and that variety keeps things fresh and interesting. The mix of meeting various members of my team, contractors, clients and managing my own workload, whether in the office or attending pre start contract meetings, progress site visits or surveying sites and producing tenders, is a real challenge at times but also hugely rewarding. The vast range of landscape works we are involved with now and the amazing transformations we are able to deliver for our clients is a real motivation for me. I like nothing better than revisiting a project site that we are nearing completion on and seeing the progress made by our team from a harsh barren building site to a beautiful outdoor space that will soon be enjoyed by the intended end users.

I also really enjoy seeing my team develop both individually and working together as a strong construction team so that each person, and the company, benefit as we grow together. Each member of the team brings something different to the table and taking their best aspects and ideas forward motivates me to continuously press for improvement and innovation within my role and for the team collectively.

One of the main challenges I face as a senior manager is managing our workload and ensuring we have a sufficient strength and depth in our field teams and specialist contractors. In operations we usually don’t have any control over the contracts we win or when our clients wish them to be delivered. This can be a real challenge at times, keeping all the plates spinning simultaneously but we have great commitment and flexibility in our team which always allows us to get the job done even if we end up with a few more grey hairs along the way! The most important thing for me is that we concentrate on delivering great quality and service for our clients using a competitive base of teams and contractors. Secondly, it is important that we always keep one eye on the control of cost and minimising our risk on projects so we deliver financially too.

This leads nicely onto the other satisfying part of my role, which is reviewing the weekly figures and attending the monthly senior meetings to check our financial performance amongst other things. This is where I get to see the positive impact all the teams’ hard work has had on the profitability of the business.

Rahsan Arber Senior Landscape Architect

I am passionate about creating and designing new spaces and what really excites me is being able to see my designs come to life throughout the construction process. Knowing that I am able to come to work and develop my ideas into real creations is what I love most about my job. My most powerful motivation is my passion for...
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Rahsan Arber

Rahsan Arber

Senior Landscape Architect

I am passionate about creating and designing new spaces and what really excites me is being able to see my designs come to life throughout the construction process. Knowing that I am able to come to work and develop my ideas into real creations is what I love most about my job.

My most powerful motivation is my passion for landscape design, I love being able to implement my imagination into my work through the projects we create. Secondly, I am able to work alongside a fantastic set of people who I not only refer to as co-workers but also as friends. Working together on projects over extended periods of time brings us together, especially when we are combining our most creative characteristics. Lastly, there is no better feeling in the workplace than to know that your work is being appreciated and the management are fantastic at offering positive feedback.

Although I thoroughly enjoy my work, it is a high pressure position particularly when working on multiple projects with varied deadlines. Effective time management and communication skills are critical in this role as in spite of how creative you may be, every project must be delivered on time and to the highest standard.

The biggest challenge has to be being able to apply my creative skills, while meeting client requirements alongside those of the landscape design profession. This is a challenge I thrive to surpass with each project.

To be able to see an end product after months of designing and planning which involves incredible amounts of attention to detail, endurance and dedication is a fantastic feeling that I take home each day.

Sean Stanley Arb Utility Contract Delivery Manager

Knowing I am able to deliver an exceptional service that ensures the safety of our clients, public and workers is what really motivates me. I love the work that I do, specifically through being able to directly meet and help those people who are in need of vegetation management to prevent loss of power who would otherwise be unaware. However,...
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Sean Stanley

Sean Stanley

Arb Utility Contract Delivery Manager

Knowing I am able to deliver an exceptional service that ensures the safety of our clients, public and workers is what really motivates me. I love the work that I do, specifically through being able to directly meet and help those people who are in need of vegetation management to prevent loss of power who would otherwise be unaware.

However, there are a number of challenging aspects to my work such as starting the day at 6am and often not returning home until 8pm. Although the days are long and the work is relentless, there is a real feeling of satisfaction at the end of every day.

There are situations that do not pan out as smoothly as hoped; this is often the case when landowners do not want their vegetation to be cut despite the detrimental effects they may be causing to essential power lines. This is a major issue as we do our utmost to respect our customer wishes but also need to abide by health and safety regulations. Therefore, in order to persuade those less inclined to permit works I draw on my considerable tree management knowledge and experience to highlight the damaging consequences, while delivering this information using the highest standards of customer service.

There is no better feeling than knowing you have been able to complete a job on time, on budget and in a safe manner. Being able to actively make a difference in the lives of our clients allows me to sleep soundly at night and wake up in anticipation the next day.

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Field Teams

Interested in joining us as a delivery team? Download and complete our Pre-Screening Form and email it to us as joinus@ground-control.co.ukDownload Form

New Teams

Ground Control is an ever growing and expanding organisation. Over the last decade, our growth rate has averaged at an incredible 20% year on year. There is no secret behind our continuous success, great people make a great business…

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New Teams

Ground Control is an ever growing and expanding organisation. Over the last decade, our growth rate has averaged at an incredible 20% year on year. There is no secret behind our continuous success, great people make a great business and we are now looking for even more teams to help maintain Britain all year round.

Interested in joining us? Read through our different teams below, and then get in touch.

Arboricultural Rail and Utility Teams

Ground Control carries out Arboricultural work across the UK. We focus on three key areas: Rail – Across the entire UK carrying out vegetation management and tree works for Network...
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Arboricultural Rail and Utility Teams

Ground Control carries out Arboricultural work across the UK. We focus on three key areas:

  • Rail – Across the entire UK carrying out vegetation management and tree works for Network Rail
  • Utility – We work to keep the power lines clear for Western Power Distribution across the East and West Midlands
  • Amenity – We carry out tree inspections and tree works at every level for our commercial clients across the UK

We are now looking to recruit new arboricultural teams to join our rail and utility teams scattered across the UK. We work from Wick to Penzance so we really do have a role for every location, with our advanced technology making it simpler and safer than ever before by using our bespoke WOODPLAN Tree Management software.

If you are a hard working owner-operator with a proven track record within the industry, then we can offer you the opportunity to break through that glass ceiling. We work with some of the UK’s leading utility and rail suppliers including Western Power Distribution and Network Rail – we can give you the opportunity that you deserve.

Get in touch today by downloading our Pre-Approval Questionnaire.

To assist you with your application, please refer to our Team Competency Guide, which details our basic expectations for each sector.

Then send it to joinus@ground-control.co.uk. If you want to discuss this process then please call 01277 650697 and ask to speak to our New Team Co-ordinator.

Summer Maintenance Teams

We are looking to recruit more teams to deliver our award winning Grounds Maintenance service across the UK (and we really do mean right across the UK). We know our...
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Summer Maintenance Teams

We are looking to recruit more teams to deliver our award winning Grounds Maintenance service across the UK (and we really do mean right across the UK).

We know our people and we know the unnecessary stresses of paperwork, finishing a day’s work and then needing to spend hours filling out repetitive forms. We saw these problems and we tackled them head on to make your lives easier to manage so you spend more time doing what you want to do and not filling out endless forms and invoices.

Our state of the art technology is developed in-house and is unique to our business model. We are constantly looking at ways to improve our service for both our clients and our teams. By developing a bespoke set of ICT based systems, we have been able to bypass the paperwork so you get paid promptly without the hassle.

We care for our people – we have recently been awarded our fourth consecutive RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety award. As investors in people, you could be a beneficiary of our excellent health & safety systems. No job is so important that it cannot be completed safely; we really do have the safety of our Field Teams at the forefront of our minds.

Lastly, we have a history of working closely with a variety of blue chip clients including Tesco, Royal Mail and the Tower of London, to name but a few. Ground Control is a brand that our clients trust and you can too – with enormous opportunity available, it really is up to you with how far you want to go.

Get in touch today by downloading our Pre-Approval Questionnaire.

To assist you with your application, please refer to our  Team Competency Guide, which details our basic expectations for each sector.

Then send it to joinus@ground-control.co.uk. If you want to discuss this process then please call 01277 650697 and ask to speak to our New Team Co-ordinator.

Winter Maintenance Teams

Ground Control’s award winning Winter Maintenance department is already preparing for the winter months ahead. Despite the unpredictable nature of the British climate, planning is essential to delivering an outstanding...
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Winter Maintenance Teams

Ground Control’s award winning Winter Maintenance department is already preparing for the winter months ahead. Despite the unpredictable nature of the British climate, planning is essential to delivering an outstanding service and our dedicated management team is already well underway to ensuring your business thrives this winter.

There are a variety of components required to provide an outstanding service; from specialised equipment to state-of-the-art technology but the most crucial feature is the 100s of dedicated and professional teams we supply across the UK.

As a growing business, we are actively recruiting new teams to join our incredible team in a bid to deliver an even better service this winter. Our Winter Operations Manager, Andy Simpson, describes a career in maintenance as exciting and rewarding;

“It’s fantastic. Just like the weather, no two days are ever the same, meaning you’re always on your toes. It really is an exciting career which allows you to go home each day knowing that you have played your role in helping to keep the country moving & our people safe throughout the UK.”

With an exciting and experienced team driven by innovation and a passion for keeping you safe this winter, find out how you could join Ground Control today.

If you are a field team looking to help deliver an outstanding winter maintenance service for one of the top “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain”, then get in touch by downloading and completing our Pre-Approval Questionnaire.

To assist you with your application, please refer to our Team Competency Guide,, which details our basic expectations for each sector.

Then send it to joinus@ground-control.co.uk. If you want to discuss this process then please call 01277 650697 and ask to speak to our New Team Co-ordinator.

Click here to register your interest in helping us to deliver any of our award winning services.

How do we recruit?

1Getting started:

Your initial application is screened and you will receive instant feedback regarding your potential suitability. You can then decide whether you wish to complete the rest of the application process.

2Interviews:

Our interview process consists of two stages:

Assessment – You will be asked to complete a short assessment relating to the role you have applied for. For example we might ask you to identify different type of plants or trees, or ask you to undertake a task using Excel – it all depends on the role!

Face-to-Face Interview – We want to know all about you! We will be looking for you to tell us all about your previous experience, what you want from a role with us and understand what really drives you to succeed.

3Placement:

We ask you to spend a full day with us working in the role you have applied for. You get the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like working with us, and we get to see you in action! In this way both of us can be sure that Ground Control is the right fit.

Development Opportunities

University of Ground Control

The development of our staff is one of our biggest passions; we love nothing more than to assist people in their personal development and watch them grow. In 2012, we introduced The University of Ground Control, offering over 60 courses ranging from basic Excel skills to 12-day residential leadership courses and including a wide range of practical and health and safety courses. As our company continues to grow we see a number of development opportunities arise and take great pleasure in having fantastic people who have experienced very real career progression with us. If you would like to find out more, why not take a look at our video and meet the people who have benefited from the development opportunities available and discover their story…

Sim Hassall ICT Director

Technology and Ground Control: I joined Ground Control in 2010, attracted by how eager the organisation is to embrace new ideas and to implement the latest technological advancements into the maintenance industry. I have been able to work alongside my exceptionally talented colleagues in the ICT department to redevelop the Winter Maintenance operating system and had significant input to the formation of the Android mobile solution to 600+ field team workers.

Ground Control is unique in its willingness to adapt which is demonstrated by constantly looking for technological solutions to solve daily problems and increase customer satisfaction.

Graham Bird National Operations Director

Expressing ambitions: I joined Ground Control in 2004 as a Contracts Manager and today I lead the maintenance division as National Operations Director, overseeing a set of 5 Regional Operations Managers, with 40 Contracts Managers and over 45,000 sites. When joining Ground Control I had already held a number of management positions within the grounds maintenance sector working with clients such as Thames Water Utilities.

Upon joining Ground Control I had a clear goal to progress beyond my entry position, something the company encouraged me to do and helped me achieve through my promotion into the role of Contracts Director and onto National Operations Director.

Amanda Fallan National Operations Support Director

Living your potential - University of Ground Control: After joining in 2004 as an Operations Assistant, I was able to not only fulfil the duties of my role but also expand on my tasks to demonstrate my potential. This was evident when I implemented the live reporting system and bettered communications between site staff and head office.

My appetite for progression was recognised when I was promoted into the role of Performance Director in 2011 and onto my current role as National Operations Support Director. Ground Control is continually backing me to further my skill set, highlighted by a General Management qualification via the University of Ground Control.

Jay Hancocks Winter Maintenance Director

Groundsman to Director: After a long and enjoyable period of time working as a Groundsman at the Tower of London, I was promoted through a number of roles. This included Head Gardener at the National Maritime Museum, Contracts Manager for the South and Essex and then for London/Home Counties before becoming a Senior Contracts Manager and moving to Essex to manage the Anglian Water Contract, and onto the role of Contracts Director. I am now Winter Maintenance Director, heading up our winter services to customers across the country.

My rise through the ranks into the role of Winter Maintenance Director reflects that a position at Ground Control is less of a job and more of a career.

Heather Goddard Buyer

Business and Personal Growth: I joined the Construction team 8 years ago as Construction Coordinator which consisted of 5 members making up the construction department and providing support to a single Construction Manager. Since my first day at Ground Control through to my current position, the company has consistently pointed to the fact that the rewards are there for those that work hard which has reflected in my advancement.

My career has grown alongside the development of the company; I now manage a team of 5 over two offices and am responsible for the procurement and back office administration for the construction department.

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