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

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Friday, June 2

Vacancy #716 - Food and safety officer/ Food and safety trainee

Company: Stroud District Council

Location: Stroud

Salary: £29,439 to £34,723 pro rata, per annum (on satisfactory completion of training)

Ends: June 14

Stroud District Council is looking for a fully-qualified part-time (18.5 hours per week) environmental health food safety officer. The post could also be offered to a food safety trainee - a newly qualified graduate in environmental health or someone who has completed the academic element of the Higher Certificate in Food Control.


• Work with the principal EHO in delivering an effective service for enforcement of food safety, public health and occupational health and safety matters arising within an area of the district, including the following: Inspection of complex and high risk commercial food and non-food premises; Evaluation of all food businesses which fall within the scope of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and provision of an accurate rating; Administration of licenses/ consents and approval of premises where appropriate; Investigation of complaints, enquiries, accidents and incidents; Participation in routine food and water sampling programmes; Participation in promotional and educational events, including delivery of training courses; Exercise appropriate statutory enforcement powers

• Participate in the delivery of the council's functions as a port health authority by acting as a port health officer on rotation; including the inspection of ships and issue of ship sanitation documents; control of imported food and feed and the control of public health; animal health and pollution

• Issue health certificates for the export of goods from local businesses to third countries

• Make necessary arrangements for the public burial of deceased persons where necessary and carry out associated administrative tasks, including recovery of costs

• Investigate and exercise regulatory control of statutory nuisances arising from commercial premises, including drainage defects and accumulations and deposits of refuse

• Assist the commercial services manager/ safety adviser in providing an in-house health and safety advisory service, including participation in safety audits of council services; delivering training courses; advising managers of safe working practices and assisting in development of documented policies and procedures

• Actively promote and deliver the commercial, revenue generating activities of the environmental health service

• Keep accurate records of all work and maintain the computer database system

• Assist in any emergency either within the officer's direct area of responsibility or more generally

• Work subject to deadlines involving changing problems, circumstances or demand

Skills and experience:

• Possess the baseline qualification (or equivalent) for officers undertaking official food controls eg a degree or MSc in Environmental Health, recognised by the CIEH, or the Higher Certificate in Food Control

• Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective delivery of official food controls and other activities set out in the FSA Competency Framework for local authority and port health authority officers

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

• Capable of being assertive and persuasive when working alone in unfamiliar locations and dealing with complex problems involving potential confrontation

• Understanding of administrative processes and systems

• Experience of managing budgets and expenditure

• Experience of working with the public

• IT literate, including a good knowledge of Microsoft Office/ 365 products

• Ability to manage own time and workload

• Ability to undertake work on a variety of advanced tasks, confined to one function or area of activity, which requires detailed knowledge and skills in a specialist discipline

Apply for the job here. 

Thursday, June 1

Vacancy #715 - Corporate finance and strategy executive

Company: Randall & Payne

Location: Cheltenham

Ends: June 30

Randall & Payne is looking for a corporate finance and strategy executive.

The candidate will provide support to the corporate finance and business advisory teams and work closely with the managers and partners to support the teams' development and growth.


• Provide support in engagements such as business sales, business acquisitions, MBOs, financing and refinancing, including conventional and non-conventional funding, due diligence exercises, valuations and acquisition sourcing

• Present draft documents for manager or partner review eg business valuation reports, information memorandums, teaser documents and due diligence reports

• Support the head of business advisory to embed the use of entry-level advisory tools within the wider business and be part of compliance meetings with other client managers/ directors to help build confidence for the wider use of such tools within the firm

• Work with the corporate finance manager to prepare elements of high-end business advisory reports and support the corporate finance manager and head of business advisory at client meetings/ presentations

• Work with the corporate finance manager, head of corporate finance and head of business advisory in developing the link between business advisory and corporate finance

• Prepare draft business plans, financial forecasts and projections for partner review

• Plan and coordinate workflow, taking account of key deadlines and interacting with other teams as necessary

• Support the corporate finance manager and head of corporate finance at client meetings and potentially undertake meetings with smaller business clients

• Ensure the firm's quality control procedures are followed for each engagement

• Support the corporate finance manager and head of corporate finance by undertaking initial research and propose potential solutions to resolve technical issues

• Champion the use of lending platforms for use within the client base of the firm

Skills and experience:

• Qualified, part-qualified or training accountant (ACA, ACCA or equivalent) with considerable compliance experience and detailed knowledge of accounts preparation and a range of experience in dealing with clients' source data

• Open to continual learning

• Application of technical learning

• Working with and respecting others

• Excellent presentation skills

• Excellent written English

• Ability to work under own initiative

• Ability to conduct desktop research on various industries and macroeconomic trends

• Knowledge and understanding of the firm's policies and quality standards

• Knowledge and understanding of financial and tax matters

• Knowledge and understanding of the practice software, primarily Market IQ, Sharefile and IRIS

• Internet savvy and excellent skills in Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Apply for the job here. 

Wednesday, May 31

Vacancy #714 - Health and safety manager

Company: University of Gloucestershire

Location: Cheltenham

Salary: £53,353 - £61,823

Ends: July 2

University of Gloucestershire is looking for a full-time health and safety manager.


• Lead on a university-wide strategic approach to health and safety management and carrying out the university's health and safety mitigation plans, including management functions

• Develop and lead on supporting action plans for health & safety management, with the aim of achieving certification to the Occupational Health and Safety Management standard BS OHSAS 18001

• Lead on a university-wide strategic approach to fire safety management and carrying out the university's fire safety functions, including carrying out fire risk assessments

• Provide professional advice, guidance and support to the directorate and senior management group on all statutory aspects of health, safety and environmental issues to enable them to fulfil their legal obligations

• Develop, maintain, monitor and review the university's health and safety policies, management systems, practices and procedures

• Be proactive in providing advice, guidance and support to campuses/ schools/ research units/ departments, in relation to their delegated health and safety responsibilities, including risk, COSHH and aspect & impact assessments

• Work proactively with colleagues in Human Resources to promote and develop existing measures to support people's health, safety and wellbeing

• Responsible for planned inspections and audits across the university and to ensure compliance with policies, plans, standards and legislation

• Ensure accurate health and safety records are maintained, to investigate accidents/ incidents/ complaints and notify the relevant enforcement agencies. Be the point of contact with enforcement agencies, any other specialist practitioners and the university's insurers

• As an ex-officio member of the Health and Safety Committee, prepare reports, statistical data and analysis and an annual programme of work

• Lead on working groups established to deal with matters relating to health and safety. Liaise with, involve and consult nominated trade union representatives on health and safety matters

• Analyse health and safety training needs and provide training accordingly working with the Human Resources Department.

• Lead on the development and implementation of an effective University and Estates Business Continuity Plan with the aim of achieving certification to the international Business Continuity Management standard ISO 22301

• Monitor compliance across the department, checking activities linked to PPM servicing not limited to but including the monitoring of the asbestos register and arrangements adopted to manage legionella control

• Develop departmental H & S policies and operating procedures with the aim of maintaining an effective safety culture across the university

Skills and experience:

• NEBOSH Diploma/ NVQ4

• Chartered membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

• Recent and successful experience in a health and safety role in a large and complex organisation

• Experience of developing and implementing policies and procedures successfully

• Experience of managing safety auditing and inspection programmes

• Experience of organising and delivering training in health and safety

• Ability to interpret complex legislation and produce effective guidance on interpretation and implementation

• Appropriate knowledge of the assessment of risk from fire and applicable fire safety legislation and guidance

• Demonstrable commitment to continuous professional development

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Excellent interpersonal skills

• Ability to balance and prioritise a range of conflicting tasks and meet deadlines

• Understanding of the importance of equity and diversity within an organisation

• Registered Safety Practitioner status (desirable)

• Corporate membership of IEMA (desirable)

• Occupational health in a HE context (desirable)

• Previous experience in a HE environment (desirable)

• Digitally literate - competent at handling relevant data and preparing management information/ dashboards

Apply for the job here. 

Tuesday, May 30

Vacancy #713 - Chief finance officer

Company: OPCC/ Gloucestershire Constabulary

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £90,000 pro rata

Ends: June 12

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is looking for a part-time (80% FTE), permanent chief finance officer.

The candidate will work with the OPCC's chief executive to formulate and implement a sound, sustainable business and financial strategy and advice on the financial implications of policy options and allocation of resources.

They will also work closely with the chief constable's chief finance officer to ensure financial affairs for both organisations are properly administered, and that the constabulary is financially sustainable.

The candidate will represent the force in regional and national financial forums and be proactive with South West regional collaborations and remain accredited in the relevant competencies expected of such a senior appointment.

The OPCC is looking for an exceptional individual with leadership and management skills, and a proven record of accomplishment within a senior financial environment.

As well as giving advice on strategic financial management, they will support the PCC in taking Gloucestershire Constabulary from 'engage' to outstanding, as determined by His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). They will fulfil the responsibilities of the Section 151 statutory chief finance officer on behalf of the PCC, ensuring arrangements are in place for proper financial administration and good governance.

Apply for the job here. 

Friday, May 27

Vacancy #712 - IT support technician

Company: HETAS

Location: Tewkesbury

Salary: £26,500 - £28,000

HETAS is looking for a full-time, permanent IT support technician.

The ideal candidate will have at least two to three years of experience working within an IT support role, with responsibilities including desktop support, hardware and software.

A passion for IT with the ability to manage and prioritise multiple activities is essential, as is experience with Windows 10 and Networking (TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP).

Microsoft Dynamics knowledge would be an advantage, although not essential.

Apply for the job here. 

Thursday, May 26

Vacancy #711 - Test development engineer

Company: Renishaw

Location: Wotton-under-Edge

Renishaw is looking for a full-time, permanent test development engineer.

The candidate will contribute to achieving test coverage targets, help define PCBA manufacturing test strategies and design and deliver manufacturing test processes for a wide range of Renishaw electronic PCB assemblies.

The technical challenges within the role are ever-changing and the candidate will have the opportunity to work in a highly skilled team to solve these across a variety of Renishaw products.

The role can be tailored to make the most of an engineer's skillset.


• Develop test packages for manual and automated test platforms for use in a high mix, low to medium volume production environment

• Support the development of test strategies and implement test specifications produced by the design teams in preparation for product transfer to full production

• Contribute towards the long-term goals, strategic planning and decision-making around the various test platforms and larger electronic test team

Skills and experience:

• Experience in analogue and digital electronics fundamentals with the ability to diagnose failures in electronic assemblies using bench test equipment such as DMM, Oscilloscope and Logic Analysers

• Previous working knowledge of Keysight i3070 in-circuit test platforms and SPEA Flying Probe systems would be advantageous

• Ability to develop and implement complex test packages from product review through to factory delivery and support beyond, including such techniques as Cluster Tests, Advanced Digital Tests, Boundary Scan, PDL, DSP and device programming

• Qualified to degree-level in a relevant discipline (electrical and/ or electronic engineering, mechatronics, computer science, physics) or HNC/D with demonstrable relevant experience

• Dynamic approach and analytical mindset within electronics engineering

• Teamwork and communication skills

Desirable skills and experience:

• Knowledge of Keysight in-circuit test platforms and SPEA Flying Probe will be provided through training where required, along with other test platforms, such as Teradyne and Aeroflex

• Programming Languages: LabVIEW, C++, C#, Python, Basic

• Industry Standard Protocols: I2C, SPI

• Experience in Design for Test (DFT) reviews

• Production level support of manufacturing test processes

• Schematic Capture, PCB Layout, software design

• Database design

• Six Sigma - Practical expertise in manufacturing data analysis and root cause investigations

• Experience with programmable devices such as Microcontrollers, DSPs, FPGAs

Apply for the job here.

Wednesday, May 24

Vacancy #710 - Financial controller

Company: St James's Place

Location: Cirencester

St James's Place is looking for a full-time, permanent financial controller.

Hybrid working is available - two days in the office and three days remote - and the role will require business travel for around 5% of the time.


• Delivery and ownership of the group monthly management accounts, including chairing the monthly SJPAS 'reviewing the numbers' meeting

• Direct line management responsibility of two trainee management accountants and one senior finance administrator

• Review, challenge and sign off the group controls pack

• Provide senior management with relevant commentary as to the financial performance of the businesses monthly

• Own the delivery of the financial operations framework for new acquisitions

• Preparation of the finance board packs

• Maintain the relationship with SJPAS's key collaborators, ensuring understanding of the operating models, team member value and controls environment

• Oversight of the income reconciliation and associated partner payment

• Own and deliver the group statutory accounts and lead external audit queries

• Act as the finance lead for group liquidations

Skills and experience:

• In-depth knowledge of financial accounting and ability to understand and interpret financial information

• Strong understanding of financial operations within small and medium sized enterprises, including use of Xero

• Strong consolidation and M&A technical accounting

• Experience of the financial services sector is desirable

• Skilled in using Microsoft Office, specifically Excel

• Excellent verbal and written communicator

• Must be a qualified accountant experienced in both management and statutory accounting

Apply for the job here. 

Tuesday, May 23

Vacancy #709 - Cultural development manager

Company: Gloucester City Council

Location: Gloucester

Salary: £42,405 - £47,463

Ends: May 31

Gloucester City Council is looking for a full-time cultural development manager on a one-year fixed-term contract.


• Lead, motivate and empower the cultural development services team by coordinating workload and providing guidance and direction, ensuring that productivity and customer satisfaction is of a high standard and the service is resilient and able to respond effectively to demand

• Manage the development of innovative, dynamic, exciting, commercially sustainable cultural programmes, to be delivered in the council's cultural venues and elsewhere across the city

• Support the successful delivery of the Gloucester Cultural Strategy, working with a wide range of partner organisations

• Lead the development of an annual programme of cultural services which enhance the visitor experience and reputation of Gloucester

• Manage service delivery within agreed budgets and ensure the effective deployment of resources

• Lead the delivery of services designed to meet customer needs and expectations

• Manage the performance of staff

• Support the development of entrepreneurial and commercial opportunities to generate income, reduce expenditure and deliver financially sustainable services

• Develop constructive partnerships with stakeholders (internal and external) and through effective engagement and clear communication, create a collaborative working environment that drives performance and continuous service development.

• Understand and manage risk

• Lead by example, inspire transformational change and display the council's behaviours and values at all times.

• Deputise at head of service level in relation to matters within the remit

Skills and experience:

• Experience of successfully leading, developing and implementing policies and projects

• Experience of successful leadership or management in an income generating service within a visitor attraction, cultural or artistic venue, large-scale festivals or outdoor events

• Experience of managing budgets

• Experience of coping well under pressure and in difficult high profile public situations

• Management experience which has reflected in positive change

• Well-developed planning, analysis and implementation skills

• Well-developed ability to present complex information and reports in a concise and clear manner, either orally or in writing

• Ability to identify and respond to political context, advising senior officers where required

• Well-developed negotiation and engagement skills and ability to develop positive relationships with members and stakeholders

• Leadership and management of high performing supervisors and teams, including successful experience of the management of a range of HR and workforce development requirements

• Graduate level qualification or equivalent in experience

• Membership of a relevant professional institute (desirable)

• Management qualification (desirable)

• Project or programme management qualification (desirable)

Apply for the job here. 

Monday, May 22

Vacancy #708 - Coffee shop/ Refill shop assistant

Company: Roots Coffee Community

Location: Gloucester

Ends: June 1

Roots Coffee Community is looking for a part-time (20 hours per week) assistant to work in both its coffee shop and refill shop.

Roots Refills is a plastic free, zero waste, refill shop selling food, cleaning products and more and addressing food poverty in Kingsholm.

To apply for the job send a CV and covering letter to 

Friday, May 19

Vacancy #707 - Learning and outreach officer

Company: Tewkesbury Nature Reserve

Location: Tewkesbury

Salary: £26,500

Ends: June 7

Tewkesbury Nature Reserve is looking for a part-time (22.5 hours per week) learning and outreach officer on a 12-month fixed term contract. It is hoped the contract will be extended if further funding is secured.

The role supports the continuance of learning and outreach activities with diverse communities close to Tewkesbury Nature Reserve and in Tewkesbury - including schoolchildren and co-curricular activities for young people (like Nature Guardians, Boys/ Girls Brigade etc.) and adults.

The role will suit an enthusiastic and inspiring leader of outdoor learning, who is a good communicator with a passion for working with different communities and making a real difference to and through the environment.

The role will include working some evenings and weekends, with time off in lieu offered.


1. Work with local primary and secondary schools and colleges

1.1 Monitor and evaluate participation of schools and colleges and young people

1.2 Support school staff in running school activities on TNR

1.3 Continue Nature Guardians activities on TNR

1.4 Lead on, and facilitate, the involvement of local schools on TNR, working with relevant staff

2. Work to engage the public in outdoor learning for green recovery through TNR

2.1 Monitor and evaluate participation of the public in outdoor learning

2.2 Promote public engagement and learning activities, using different channels including social media

2.3 Liaise with local artists to organise and run arts-based workshops on the reserve

2.4 Set up and promote public engagement and learning activities on TNR. This will include delivery of activities for young people/ schools and wildlife walks

3. Engage and inspire local communities to get involved in TNR's citizen science activities

3.1 Monitor and evaluate participation

3.2 Work with the volunteer co-ordinator in supporting citizen scientists in environmental monitoring activities

4. Project management and sustainability

4.1 Work with reserve manager as appropriate

4.2 Work with the volunteer coordinator as appropriate

4.3 Work with TNR's funding group on bid opportunities to continue outdoor learning activities

4.4 Manage budget for the learning and outreach programme

Skills and experience:

• Relevant undergraduate qualification eg teaching, outdoor education, geography, environmental management, ecology or another related discipline

• Good level of experience of working in and with schools, including a teaching qualification or a proven track record/ equivalent work experience

• Experience working in community outreach and engagement, particularly with disadvantaged or underrepresented groups

• Experience of communicating water and environmental management issues to school children and community groups of diverse interests and abilities

• Demonstrable experience of personal time management

• Strong interest in environmental issues, and ability to demonstrate applied knowledge of some of the following: water, rivers and catchment management, ecology, environmental conservation

• Knowledge and understanding of how environment fits into the National Curriculum

• Knowledge of how to communicate effectively with different audiences using different media

• Knowledge of MS Office, email, Twitter and Facebook or another web CMS programme

• Understanding of good record keeping

• Excellent organisational skills

• Proven ability to work in a team with diverse partners

• Excellent communication skills for both internal and external audiences

• Commitment to equality of opportunity

• Full driving licence

• Forest Schools training or equivalent desirable

• Relevant first aid training desirable

To apply for the job, email CV and covering letter (maximum two pages each) to

Wednesday, May 17

Vacancy #705 - Duty managers

Company: Ninja Warrior UK

Location: Gloucester

Salary: from £11.60/ hour

Ninja Warrior UK is looking for two duty managers in Gloucester - one for an average of 24 hours per week and one for an average of 32 hours per week.

The candidates will provide strong leadership to the staffing team, in a hands-on role with the key focus being to ensure the highest level of customer service, experience and safety.


• Support and coordinate staff members in the reception, café, kitchen, parties and Ninja Park departments

• Communicate the department schedule at regular intervals so team members know where they need to be and when and ensure all tasks (such as cleaning, set-up, briefing and restocking) are being completed regularly and to a high standard

• Provide feedback to team members, especially new starters

• Promote best practice with the 'customer comes first' approach and lead others by example to create great experiences for guests

• Ensure all guests feel welcome and are given friendly and courteous service by all team members

• Maintain thorough knowledge on products, services and procedures to assist customer queries and support team members

• Be proactive in foreseeing potential issues to ensure customer satisfaction

• Receive training on all departments to support where needed during busy periods

• Complete opening and closing checks/ tasks as a key holder

• Perform basic safety checks and maintenance on equipment

• Be part of the team of first aiders (Level 3 first aid training can be provided)

• Perform end of day cashing up

• Have an active interest in the obstacle offering to engage with customers and encourage the team to develop their Ninja skills. A basic level of fitness is required to perform this role safely

Skills and experience:

• Minimum two years' supervisory experience in a similar role or environment such as a leisure centre, gym, trampoline/ inflatable, outdoors and adventure, sports coach or sport graduate

• Strong leadership, management and organisational skills with emphasis on promoting best practice and following policy/ procedure

• Ability to use your own initiative, multi-task and problem solve

• Customer-focused ethos

• Able to communicate confidently with a wide range of people from toddlers to adults, SEN, parents, teachers and corporate customers

• Outgoing with enthusiasm for fun and physical activity

• Literacy, numeracy and IT skills

• Possess a valid Level 2 food hygiene certificate desirable

• Current Level 3 first aid training desirable

• Fire warden training desirable

• Full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle desirable

To apply for the job, email CV and up to two paragraphs on why you're interested in the job and how you meet the criteria to 

Tuesday, May 16

Vacancy #704 - Production graduates

Company: Ontic

Location: Bishop's Cleeve and Staverton

Ontic has an opportunity for graduates to join its production teams based at Bishop's Cleeve and Staverton, to start in September 2023.

This is a two-year scheme, which will give graduates an opportunity to put knowledge into practice, whilst rotating throughout the department, learning and developing as they go.

Completing this scheme will provide a route into production management, where the role will lead and shape production facilities, which in turn have a direct impact on the success of Ontic.

Graduates will take responsibility early on and be involved in projects from the very start.

They will be inquisitive, thriving on new experiences, challenges and learning opportunities. Over two years, they will gain the knowledge and experience needed to build their understanding of the business, its customers and the wider industry.

From day one, they will be encouraged, supported and listened to. They will take ownership of fast-paced projects - and enjoy on-the-job training and workshops, to further develop skills.

At the end of the programme, there will be the opportunity to move into a permanent role.

Skills and experience:

• Achieved or predicted to achieve at least a 2:1 in industrial engineering or industrial management

• Some relevant work experience gained through their course

• Growth mindset and ability to work in an ever-changing environment

• Curious, flexible, resilient, analytical and truly collaborative

• Happy to roll sleeves up to make things better

• Passionate and self-motivated

• Interest in all things aviation

Apply for the job here. 

Monday, May 15

Vacancy #703 - Electrical engineer

Company: Equans

Location: Gloucester

Equans is looking for a full-time, permanent electrical engineer, to be based at Gloucester Quays.

The role would involve carrying out planned maintenance activities and reactive works on site and as this is a customer facing role so excellent customer service skills are required.


• Complete all statutory and non-statutory PPM, in accordance with annual PPM planners

• Ientify maintenance needs and produce technical reports on equipment

• Read, understand and work to generic site PPM risk assessments and method statements (RAMS), completing any additional RAMS for any large works not covered

• Supervise/ escort subcontractors whilst on site, ensuring they follow site security procedures, ensuring work to their RAMs

• Maintenance and repair of HVAC equipment and fault finding and diagnosis of HVAC equipment

• Assist other members of the team where multi-person tasks are required

• Wear company uniform at all times and be of a smart and presentable appearance

Skills and experience:

• NVQ Levels 2 & 3 Electrical Installation

• Qualified to BS7671 18th Edition Regulations

• City & Guilds 2391 Inspection & Test

• Inspection and testing of electrical equipment (PAT testing) BS2377

• Computer literate, including operation of handheld PDA

  • Confident working in public spaces

Apply for the job here. 

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