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Due to retirement, an outstanding opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a Head Porter at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII in 1546, and is the largest of the Cambridge Colleges.  The College has some of the most outstanding historic buildings in Cambridge and exists to give its members a rewarding, richly resourced, and intellectually inspiring place in which to pursue their education, learning and research.

Trinity is home to around 720 undergraduates, 350 postgraduates, over 190 Fellows and 330 non-academic staff.  College life is lively and diverse. The community at Trinity has changed greatly over the centuries but the strong academic tradition has been maintained.  College is forward looking, and continues to be renowned worldwide for its academic excellence, strong community and high profile events.

The role of Head Porter, a senior leadership role, is crucial to College life and involves wide ranging demands and challenges.  The post holder will make a vital contribution to the smooth running of the College, through collaboration across a varied and diverse community, and a large estate.  The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering a safe and secure site at all times, and will be asked to contribute to policy development in these areas.

The Head Porter will also provide first class ‘front of house’ leadership, building a culture of strong customer service heading up a team of around 40 staff. The postholder must be able to demonstrate exceptional management style and extensive management experience particularly in building an inclusive and very high performing team. Discretion regarding highly sensitive welfare, personnel and security matters is also essential.

Applicants must also show that they have extensive experience of interacting with a wide range of people, be able to remain calm under pressure and manage fast paced and high-profile situations professionally and confidently.  They will have a very strong ability in problem solving under pressure in a variety of contexts.

Exceptional leadership, management and communication skills utilised across different internal and external groups is a key part of the role.  Candidates should therefore be able to demonstrate previous experience of using these skills.

Training and development opportunities are available to all staff and include online learning packages on equality, diversity and health and safety.

Hours of work average 39 per week. The Head Porter and the Deputy Head Porter work a roster between them which provides leadership in the Lodge 7 days per week.

A full uniform is provided.

Salary: £55,700 per annum per annum plus additional benefits which include:

  • Contributory workplace pension with generous employer contributions (up to 16%)
  • Free meal when on duty
  • Non contractual Christmas bonus
  • Five weeks annual leave (plus public holidays) and long service holiday accrual
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Private health and dental care (including the option for family cover) upon successful completion of probation
  • Subsidised on-site gym
  • Social activities throughout the year for staff and their families which include subsidised/free annual staff outing day, staff family Christmas party, family fun day plus more.
  • Subsidised College punts
  • Access to a staff wellbeing and employee assistance programme for staff and their families
  • A range of family friendly procedures and policies including generous maternity benefits
  • The opportunity to become actively involved in various aspects of college life and gain a wealth of experience which will support you in your future career

Trinity College supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society particularly those groups who are currently underrepresented. The College is committed to creating an environment where no person is treated less favourably where all can thrive and develop.

For further details and application form, please click on the links below.

Applicants should complete the College application form and submit a Curriculum Vitae and letter of application to the Assistant Bursar setting out why you have applied for this role, with specific examples of how you meet the requirements of the post.

Completed application forms should be returned to [email protected]

Closing date for applications is 13 December 2022.


This vacancy closes on December 13, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Hiring team: HR

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