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Skills, Apprenticeships & Careers: The latest vacancies and opportunities across Gloucestershire

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Friday, April 12

Vacancy #922 - CDM surveyor

Company: Bromford

Location: Tewkesbury and hybrid

Salary: £48,880

Ends: May 1

Bromford is looking for a CDM/ disrepair surveyor on a 12-month fixed-term contract.

Responsibilities will involve conducting building inspections, diagnosing issues and devising repair solutions for customer property problems, particularly damp, condensation and disrepair issues.

The candidate will serve as an expert witness, coordinating with legal teams and contractors, compiling work schedules, ensuring repairs adhere to regulations and assisting in mitigating liability from legal claims. Their technical knowledge and meticulousness will enhance property safety and cost-effectiveness.

The role will involve travel around Gloucestershire, with occasional travel up north.

Skills and experience:

• Extensive building surveying experience, especially in disrepair and related legislation

• A relevant chartered professional qualification (RICS, CIOB, or similar) (desirable)

• Proficiency in housing health and safety regulations, coupled with experience liaising with legal teams

• Strong project management and budget control skills

• Collaborative team spirit and excellent communication abilities

• Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle

Apply for the job here. 

Thursday, April 11

Vacancy #921 - Senior UX researcher

Company: UCAS

Location: Cheltenham and hybrid

Salary: up to £38,000

UCAS is looking for a full-time senior UX researcher.

The candidate will be leading product development from a UX perspective, setting the UX vision based on discovery research, user needs, customer insights and feedback.

They will need to be confident at presenting user research and promoting UX principals and championing the voice of the customer.

They will challenge design solutions and product objectives to ensure UCAS is meeting and exceeding its project objectives, including driving revenue streams, increasing customer registrations and delivering products customers want to use.


  • Manage research activities and define UX goals and requirements, working with product managers to define product objectives
  • Accountable for maintaining UCAS personas and working with data and insights teams to build evidence-based and data-driven personas
  • Develop and own the UX research strategy, developing channels for communication and establishing an active voice of the customer which is embedded in the digital strategy and product roadmaps
  • Facilitate workshops involving customer experience representatives, customer insight and data teams to establish working groups focused on improving customer journeys and personas
  • Manage stakeholders and develop a culture of storytelling to embed the user voice in strategic planning and scoping sessions
  • Confidently lead UX presentations and report on UX activities and research findings

Skills and experience:

  • Understanding of agile approaches to development and experience of leading UX research activities within agile teams
  • Confidence in presenting and demoing ideas to large teams of people and able to quickly answer questions regarding approach
  • Degree in a human behaviour related field (human-computer interaction, psychology, social science, information science etc), or a degree in marketing and content strategy, or demonstrated experience at an equivalent level
  • Strong understanding and experience of a range of user research methods, when to use them, and how to apply them correctly, including both qualitative and quantitative methods, such as usability testing, user interviews and surveys
  • Confident explaining user needs to senior stakeholders and acting as a persuasive advocate for users
  • Passion for data with experience of using statistical methods to find digital trends and understanding user behaviour
  • Experience of recruiting, screening and scheduling participants for research and testing
  • Practical experience of discovery methods, including gathering requirements, evaluating user needs, running workshops and user interviews
  • Experience of defining project goals and deliverables through personas, journey maps, experience maps, service blueprints and strategic design deliverables
  • Experience in measuring products for success against KPIs and applying the appropriate marketing lens to measure content performance

Apply for the job here. 

Wednesday, April 10

Vacancy #920 - LGV driver

Company: Ubico

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £25,119 - £25,979

Ends: April 21

Ubico is looking for a full-time, permanent waste collection LGV driver (part-time work will also be considered).

The candidate will drive LGV vehicles for collection of refuse and recyclables from properties throughout Gloucester.

Skills and experience:

• LGV license (class 2 minimum)

• Full driving license to be able to drive a range of vehicles

• Able to work as part of a team

• Committed to being an eco-friendly and efficient driver

Apply for the job here. 

Tuesday, April 9

Vacancy #919 - Director of sport

Company: Dean Close School

Location: Cheltenham

Ends: April 12

Dean Close School is looking for a full-time, permanent director of sport/ head of academic PE.


• Efficiently manage the curriculum, staffing, scheduling and resources of the department

• Contribute with other heads of department to the academic development of the school

• Monitor the academic work of each member of the department to provide support and direction as appropriate

• Oversee the completion and administration of GCSE and A Level coursework

• Liaise with the exam boards about external moderation days

• Chair regular department meetings and publish the minutes

• Attend faculty meetings and ensure PE contributes to faculty endeavours

• Promote CPD opportunities within the department

• Review examination results annually

• Ensure pupils are informed and advised on the GCSE and A Level courses

• Promote awarding of prizes in assemblies and in other forums

• Chair the Games Committee in its policy discussions relating to the nature and frequency of games, standards of behaviour and performance, nature and review of sports awards and quality of kit and equipment

• Responsible for co-ordination of all sports activities for boys and girls throughout the school including staffing and necessary administration

• Promote and be responsible for fair play, good sportsmanship, good conduct and good appearance throughout Dean Close School sport

• Enable all pupils, whatever their abilities, to have a full and programme of games

• Invest in the quality of officiating across all sports so matches are played safely and with maximum enjoyment for both sides

• Organise staffing and development of "alternative games", enhancing the profile and enabling further opportunities for participants outside of the main offering

• Oversee the database so that pupils are accounted for

• Co-ordinate, in liaison with the assistant head co-curriculum, a balanced programme of sports tours

• Oversee, in liaison with the assistant head operations, the sports programme part of the termly calendar

• Oversee, in liaison with the assistant head co-curriculum and deputy head (academic) the staffing of all sports activities

• Responsible, in liaison with the assistant head co-curriculum, for the appointment and management of coaches who are not members of the academic staff

• Responsible for staff INSET on all sports issues, including coaching and umpiring/ refereeing courses, termly briefings and sports compliance

• Hold and manage the games budget, ensuring all sports have a fair allocation

• Manage the academic budget for the department to ensure successful delivery of all courses

• See that full, economic and imaginative use is made of all sports facilities

Skills and experience:

• Leadership and management skills demonstrating initiative, vision and the ability to drive through change

• Critical thinking skills

• Collaboration skills

• Good spoken and written communication skills

• Maintaining a commitment to the welfare of others, even under pressure

• Experienced educator and first-class teacher

• Ability to teach PE to A Level

• Commitment to enabling others to flourish

• Inspirational leader

• Supportive of the Christian ethos of Dean Close

• Manager of personnel and resources

• Patience and attention to detail

• Ability to use initiative

• Enthusiasm and confidence

• Ability to relate well to people from all backgrounds

• Does not take themselves too seriously

• Experience of a wide range of sports, both team and individual

• Desire to motivate others

• Achievement at a high level in sport is desirable although not essential

Apply for the job here. 

Monday, April 8

Vacancy #918 - Customer contact advisor

Company: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: £24,921 - £27,351

Ends: April 16

Gloucestershire Constabulary is looking for a full-time, permanent customer contact advisor to work at its Hester's Way police station.

The station is open 08:00 - 20:00 Monday to Saturday and the candidate will be working a shift pattern between these hours, for which allowances are paid.

They will be the first point of contact for members of the public and will be dealing with a range of enquiries, face to face, online and over the telephone.


• Create and prioritise incidents

• Manage conflict and help vulnerable members of the public

• Deal with offenders under the requirements of notification in respect of the Sexual Offences Act

• Respond to, research and resolve enquiries from the public via force mailboxes

• Ensure vehicles released following seizure by police meet legal requirements

• Deal with persons reporting for police or court bail

Skills and experience:

• Excellent communications skills

• Customer service experience/ relevant qualifications

• Skilled computer user with experience of using Microsoft packages

• Able to prioritise own work and deal with changing demands

• Experience of working unsupervised

Apply for the job here. 

Friday, April 5

Vacancy #917 - IT purchasing managing

Company: Spirax Sarco

Location: Cheltenham

Spirax Sarco is looking for an IT purchasing manager.


• Negotiate pricing, contracts, service level agreements and terms with key suppliers

• Complete pricing analysis and benchmarking activities to ensure value for money

• Manage a portfolio of suppliers with the aim of reducing supplier costs to support business operations

• Obtain quotes from preferred suppliers within agreed SLAs and create purchase orders, arranging deliveries and receipt orders when required

• Track key supplier contracts and renewals in collaboration with the group IT procurement manager

• Provide a point of service escalation within the group IT team for all software and hardware enquiries

• Supplier review meetings, ensuring supplier goals and objectives are met and supplier information is accurate and updated

• Monitor supplier performance and produce monthly supplier performance statistics

• Review the global IT supplier base to drive consolidation and economies of scale where possible

• Monitor worldwide changes that affect supply and demand, tracking market conditions that impact price trends and delivery constraints

Skills and experience:

• Leading an operational purchasing team

• Building working knowledge of purchasing hardware and software globally

• Supplier negotiation, management and vendor selection

• Working knowledge of MS Office applications, including Microsoft Excel skills

• Driving process improvement, especially around purchasing processes and systems

• Working knowledge of software licensing, including vendors such as Microsoft, Adobe, AutoCAD, IBM, Oracle and others

• Providing service support within an organisation with geographically dispersed colleagues

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• CIPS qualification or qualified by experience

• Well organised and able to work on own initiative

• Supporting others in driving actions to completion

Apply for the job here. 

Thursday, April 4

Vacancy #916 - Operations coordinator

Company: St James's Place

Location: Cirencester and hybrid

St James's Place is looking for a permanent operations coordinator.

In this entry level role, the candidate will be accountable for processing a range of operations requests that are post sale and purchase. These can range in complexity, and they will ensure all parties are fully aware of next steps and progress.

The candidate will be required to travel to meetings at UK locations on an ad-hoc basis.


• Handling partner calls relating to system access

• Manual adjustments on partner summaries - collaborating closely with the field management team and partners

• Reviewing and logging emails from partners into Excel

• Providing partners with loan information using various systems - Power BI/ Agresso

• Requesting loan statements from banks

• Data cleansing in Salesforce - reviewing outstanding cases and taking the appropriate action.

• Reviewing and prioritising new transfer requests in Salesforce

Skills and experience:

• Experienced in using Microsoft Office package to an intermediate or advanced level, in particular Excel (eg VLookUp, formulas and pivot tables)

• Good relationship building skills and great communication skills, both written and verbal

• Experience in a similar coordinator role or similar working environment is desirable

• Experience of a high volume, task orientated role is desirable but not essential

• Previous exposure to coding (eg SQL) is an advantage but not essential

• Good problem-solving skills

Apply for the job here. 

Wednesday, April 3

Vacancy #915 - Capital works manager

Company: Gloucester City Homes

Location: Gloucester and hybrid

Salary: £43,908

Ends: April 17

Gloucester City Homes is looking for a full-time, permanent capital works manager.

The candidate will oversee the successful delivery of investment projects and contracts carried out by the surveyor team.

They will operate as an expert for GCH, providing technical building support and advice to the team and managing one-off and specialist contracts and disrepair activities.

They will support the asset and sustainability manager on all contract and/ or commercial issues and disputes and deliver financial and operational contract planning, ensuring effective arrangements are in place to cover all maintenance and servicing requirements and obligation aligned to the forward maintenance plan.

Taking accountability for all information added to the asset database, the candidate will ensure all GCH properties are maintained to Government Decent Homes standard, through the delivery of cyclical and planned replacement programmes. They will contribute to ensuring all assets are viable, delivering a positive yield over the business plan and works undertaken.

Skills and experience:

• Substantial experience, at a senior level, of asset management, property investment and public procurement

• Relevant technical qualification such as CIOB, RICS or CIH

• Knowledge of building surveying and asset management, contract management, disrepair and HHSRS

• Demonstrable strategic experience of leading, managing, motivating and developing a team

• ILM Level 4 qualification in leadership and management

• Proven track record of managing resources, budgets and contracts, with an ability to identify and eliminate risks, ensuring value for money and delivery of high-quality services

• Substantial experience of delivering successful outcomes through robust performance management, together with proven project management experience

• Able to successfully manage complex construction projects

• Able to work within tight deadlines and budget, whilst promoting stakeholder involvement at all levels

• Able to understand and present technical information clearly and communicate matters relating to asset management to a varied audience

• Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle

Apply for the job here. 

Tuesday, April 2

Vacancy #914 - Production engineering technician

Company: Renishaw

Location: Wotton-under-Edge

Renishaw is looking for a full-time production engineering technician to work in its Spectroscopy Products Division.


• Provide support and input as part of the production engineering team during the new product development cycle

• Provide support to the assembly of current products and specials

• Tooling, jig and fixture design for production

• Identification and instigation of process improvement activities

• Inspection of non-conforming product

• Generation of clear instructions to enable assembly of SPD product ranges

Skills and experience:

• Educated to HNC (or equivalent) or time served as apprentice

• Self-motivated and proactive

• Experience of production techniques and best practice

• Ability to work from engineering drawings, design notes and CAD models

• Computer literate

• Good communication skills, both written and verbal

• Use of Teamcenter/ NX or experience with other 3D CAD software preferred

• Well organised and self-motivated

• Appreciation of production and assembly techniques

• Willingness und understanding to problem solve

Apply for the job here. 

Thursday, March 28

Vacancy #913 - Commercial operations coordinator

Company: Superdry

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: from £27,192

Ends: April 11

Superdry is looking for a full-time, permanent commercial operations coordinator.

The role is an opportunity to gain exposure to Superdry's varied and international wholesale commercial partnerships across retailers, distributors, franchisees, agents and license partners.

The candidate will be working directly with the global commercial operations manager, providing support to the commercial sales team and wider teams within wholesale and franchise to ensure smooth and efficient operational processes, providing support on various initiatives and projects.

They will be the expert on all commercial operations processes, maintaining and providing tools which are set up for success, while also identifying opportunities for improvement and plan changes to address them.


• Work with a multi-functional group of people across commercial, finance, wholesale and franchise operations, and legal, among others

• Help to build on and maintain commercial models/ tools in Excel, which will enable business decisions to be taken from the commercial teams

• Pull together analysis and reports from Superdry datapoints

• Assist in creating reports/ presentations to be used by/ viewed by management on various commercial topics

• Support the sales teams with issue resolution and holding departments accountable for processes

• Support the commercial operations manager and commercial managers with projects and key initiatives. Engage and communicate with key stakeholders at critical stages with vital information, ensuring successful outcomes through thorough planning

• Support the commercial managers when required to complete in-season uploads, tracking and communication, as well as off-season changes. Manage forms and correct approvals, price changes, OC and returns in Zig Zag, Stock and Promo push

• Gather feedback across the wholesale and franchise teams and wider supporting functions to identify operational improvements and future learnings

• Ensure supporting documentation and process flow for the sales team are up-to-date, simple, easy to use and effective

• Be the expert on all commercial operational processes

Skills and experience:

• Strong Excel and analytical skills, with the ability to present data in a simple and meaningful way

• Experience with basic financial/ operational/ commercial reports

• Confident communicator - happy working with people from internal teams and external partners, both locally and internationally

• Able to work independently and self-motivated

• Focused on delivering results

• Hunger to learn and grow in a varied and complex environment

• Positive and proactive approach

• Ability to think about wider business impact, while also being able to look at the details

• Able to drive positive change

• Good mindset and attitude and ability to learn quickly

Apply for the job here. 

Wednesday, March 27

Vacancy #912 - Business administration apprentice

Company: Flexy Care Ltd

Location: Dursley

Salary: £10,158.72 to £20,048

Ends: April 24

Flexy Care is looking for a full-time Level 3 business administration apprentice.


• Keep and maintain security of the office

• Booking service users in for appointments

• Entering service users' details onto computer systems

• Answering phones, sometimes directing calls to manager

• Booking appointments by phone

• Answering queries from service users and other staff

• Filing

• Chasing up reports

• Photocopying

• Inputting data

• Ordering stationery

• Word processing

• Taking enquiries and referring to the manager

• Checking training matrix and reminding staff about their training and upcoming training

• Any other delegated duties by the manager


The candidate will attend SGS College on a block release basis. They should expect to complete the apprenticeship in 18 months.

There is the potential for full-time employment on successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Skills and experience:

• IT skills

• Attention to detail

• Customer care skills

• Administrative skills

• Number skills

• Team working

• Creative

• Non-judgemental

• Physically fit

• GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade A*-C/ 4-9)

Apply for the job here. 

Monday, March 25

Vacancy #910 - Business admin apprentices

Company: EDF Energy

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £18,310

EDF Energy is looking for business admin apprentices.

The two-year apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a Level 3 business administration qualification, whilst spending time in different departments of the team based at Gloucester Business Park.

Apprentices will experience a variety of roles, which will help them develop a wide range of transferable business skills to set them up for their future career.

During the training programme, their time will be split between studying at college and learning on the job in the business. They will attend the National College for Nuclear in Cannington, Somerset, one day a month and study remotely.

They will have plenty of support along the way - from tutors at National College for Nuclear, to their EDF line manager and the Early Careers team; as well as face-to-face support at the on-site Apprentice Hub and digital access to relevant information, learning and care.

Skills and experience:

• Five GCSEs at A* to C or 9 to 4, including English and maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification

• Self-motivated with a desire to learn and develop

• Ability to work in a team and independently, as well as being able to balance the responsibilities of study and work.

• Been a resident of the UK for at least three of the last five years

Apply for the job here. 

Thursday, March 21

Vacancy #908 - Senior housing advice officer

Company: Stroud District Council

Location: Stroud

Salary: £36,648

Ends: April 14

Stroud District Council is looking for a full-time senior housing advice officer.


• Supervise the day-to-day activities of the Housing Advice Team, which delivers the council's duties under the Housing Act 1996, as amended, Part VI allocations and Part VII homelessness, with a particular emphasis on homelessness prevention work

• Assist the housing advice manager in all aspects of the prevention of homelessness, particularly with more complex cases, advising homelessness prevention officers, housing advice officers and assistants

• Assist in developing, delivering and monitoring the council's Corporate Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping strategies and related policies

• Assist in monitoring and reporting data, statistical returns and performance indicators relating to the Housing Advice Team's work, including complaints, reviews and appeals

• Assist the housing advice manager in drafting and delivery of the Homelessness Prevention Strategy

• Assist the housing advice manager in ensuring the website and any relevant social media are comprehensive, regularly updated and serve to help people in housing need to self-help

• Assist the housing advice manager in ensuring information for the Housing Advice Team, such as procedure guidance and template letters, are accurate and up-to-date

• Work towards achieving top quartile performance with optimum efficiency and in line with good practice guidelines, regulations and national and local performance indicators

• Undertake proactive engagement work with partners, including convening the Homelessness Forum

• Maintain accurate financial records, ensuring corporate financial procedures and processes are followed

Skills and experience:

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Understanding of administrative processes and systems

• Experience of staff management

• Experience of managing budgets and expenditure

• Experience of working with the public

• IT literate

• Ability to manage own time and workload

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