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Cursiter Quarry, Firth, Orkney, KW15 1TT
£42,162 - £44,589 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

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Neighbourhood Services Roads and Grounds

Team Manager, Quarries

35 hours per week
£42,162 to £44,589 (Including Distant Islands Allowance)

We are looking for a dynamic, practical and experienced individual to take up the role of Team Manager (Quarries) in the Neighbourhood Services and Infrastructure Directorate.

The successful candidate will take on the management of the Council owned and operated Cursiter Quarry, serving the local market, including Council services. This hard rock quarry currently extracts around 75,000 – 100,000 tonnes of material every year, at around 10 – 15 blasts per year, and produces aggregate, asphalt and ac mixes. In addition, there is a salt storage facility providing salt for the Council winter maintenance service. The modern tar plant was installed in 2018 and is capable of producing 130 tonnes per hour. Planning permission was recently received for the next 30 years, and we are currently progressing the first stage of the planned expansion. The quarry operates with mobile crushing and screening plant and has a total workforce of 8, including the manager. A SVQ training programme is in place for all staff covering all plant and machinery.

This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and practical general management as the quarry moves into the next phase of its development, working with the team, other Council services and local contractors to ensure that the local markets are appropriately supplied. In addition, you will be required to effectively manage the planned expansion, ensuring that works are carried out in accordance with environmental and other planning related conditions and that the planned timescales are met, allowing an uninterrupted supply of materials to the market. You will work closely with the Operational Manager to ensure that all operational activities are carried out safely and in accordance with industry practice and requirements.

You will have a strong operational management background, ideally within a heavy industry area such as waste, steel, aggregates or quarrying. Experience of budget management and the development and implementation of risk assessment and safe systems of work is essential. You will be able to demonstrate inspirational leadership and the ability to develop a team with an emphasis on continuing improvement. You should hold a SCQF level 9/SVQ4 or a general or Bachelors Degree. Where this qualification is not held, you should have at least 5 years experience in the areas of experience noted above.

You should be able to travel efficiently and effectively between various work locations within Orkney to meet the operational requirements of the Service.

This post is subject to Standard Disclosure Scotland clearance.

For an informal discussion about the above post, please contact: Lorna Richardson, Interim Head of Neighbourhood Services on 01856 873535 or e-mail

Closing date: Sunday 30 October 2022

Please note that interview and relocation expenses will be paid for this post in accordance with Council Policy.