East Staffordshire Borough Council run and operate the 150 year old Stapenhill Cemetery and the newer smaller site in Rolleston. These locations provide a resting place for residents of all denominations form across East Staffordshire and neighbouring areas. As well as offering burial services the Cemetery team can assist in finding a relative’s grave, provide guidance on the completion of burial paperwork and have responsibility for monitoring contractor performance to ensure the visual appearance of the cemetery is of the highest standard.
The Cemetery Manager role is the most important position in relation to the Council's burial services. The post holder will manage a small team of officers and oversee the work of the external contractor to ensure the smooth, respectful and dignified burial of residents of different faiths from around East Staffordshire. The successful candidate must have good organisational and planning skills to ensure that burial records are kept up to date and that information is stored in a timely manner.
The successful applicant will be expected to be able to work on their own and use their own initiative but also be able to develop and harness the skills of a small cemetery team. There is a need to possess good communication skills and be able to handle sensitive information and situations.
Experience of working in a team and handling contractors is essential along with knowledge of working with partner agencies. Office and word processing skills are also an essential requirement. Knowledge and experience of a diverse range of faiths and their specific needs with regard to burial will be critical as East Staffordshire has a very diverse population.
Formal qualifications and/or previous experience of working in a Cemetery or similar setting would be an advantage.
Although the core hours are weekdays, the post holder will be expected to provide cover for the weekend team during periods of leave/absence. Furthermore, there will be an occasional requirement to oversee weekday evening burials.