Clerk of Work

Oxford Brookes University

Clerk of Works – Two Positions Available

Salary in the range of £34,314  to £37,386  (plus market supplement, depending on skills and experience)

Fixed Term – Estates and Campus Services

Oxford Brookes University is looking to recruit an experienced, reliable and highly motivated Clerk of Works as a member of the Projects team. To inspect workmanship, quality, safety and advise on good practice for either the Construction of a Student Accommodation Village, or an Academic Building with specialised automotive engine test cells. The Projects Team plays a proactive role within a motivated and innovative Department, delivering key objectives to meet directorate and university wide requirements. If you are looking for a role as a Clerk of Works  then this might be just the role for you.

A recently appointed member of staff said “it was inspiring coming into an organisation where staff have been working for significant lengths of time, which means OBU must be doing something right! 12 weeks down the line and I understand why – the people and my induction. Every person I have been in contact with has not only gone out of their way to help me, but made me feel like a valued member of the team and for that I am thankful.  I am looking forward to hopefully a very long career with Brookes.“

As one of the largest employers in Oxford we pride ourselves in the great experience we offer our staff. In the Clerk of Works post you’ll be joining a friendly, professional environment where every member of staff is recognised as important to the success of Oxford Brookes University.This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Projects Team for our Estates & Campus Services Department. The University has adopted equity, diversity and inclusion as core values. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates whatever their background, and especially from BAME candidates who are under-represented in our workforce, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates with disabilities. Applicants with a disability can be reassured that Oxford Brookes is a Disability Confident employer . As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential selection criteria.

Working hours for the post of :

This is  a full time post which is 37 hours, typically Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm, but Oxford Brookes is supportive of flexible working, part time working and job sharing. Applicants who would like to have a working arrangement like this are encouraged to apply for this post. If you would like to speak to discuss this role further please contact John Howard , Senior Project Manager, [email protected] so that arrangements can be made to hold a telephone call or video call.

Overall Purpose of the post ofClerk of Works

To supervise the on site construction (especially the building, services and civil engineering elements) and/or other works, for the purpose of ensuring proper use of materials and quality of workmanship to achieve the design. Be responsible for inspecting construction work to ensure it meets all relevant standards and health and safety requirements and through advice improve the quality of delivery.

Qualifications and Experience for the post of Clerk of Works

We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job, but we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. So, if you are excited about working for us, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need.

Qualifications: A relevant trade or construction based City & Guilds/NVQ qualifications such as NVQ level 3  in a construction-relate subject (e.g. construction, building, facilities, engineering) is preferred;

Experience required for post:

●      Demonstrable experience of acting in a supervisory capacity on construction sites.

●      Appropriate up to date training record for Construction based Subjects, such as SSSTS, CSCS, and First Aid.

●      Have knowledge and be able to apply construction related health & safety legislation generally, including the CDM Regulations 2015, Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 and Working at Height Regulation 2005.

●      Demonstrate good IT skills and be able to formulate detailed site reports.

●      Understand technical drawings and anticipate problems before they arise on site.

●      Effective communication skills, both written and oral.

●      One post is specifically seeking an applicant with student accommodation, mid rise housing or hotel experience.

●      One post is specifically seeking an applicant with a high degree of knowledge and experience of complex mechanical and electrical installations.


As a Clerk of Works you will also enjoy the benefits of working at Oxford Brookes University with up to 38 days holiday, rising to 41 days holiday (this includes 13 Bank Holidays and Concessionary Days), a generous Local Government pension scheme (19.8% Employer contribution rate), cycle to work scheme and access to a variety of university facilities (NHS Dentist, Brookes Nursery, Gym and sports facilities). For more information about benefits please see the document “All about Brookes” below or visit

CV and Personal Statement:

As part of the application process all applicants are required to complete our online application form by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button below. All parts of the application form should be completed and in the section of the form called “Supporting Documents”, applicants must upload their CV and a Personal Statement. To complete the Personal Statement part of the application, applicants must download the Personal Statement document which is part of the advert below and complete the form, providing examples and explaining how they meet each item detailed on the document. The Personal Statement must then be uploaded to the application form along with the CV.”

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