Multi Skilled Craft Operative

Full-time Position

Opportunity to work for an exciting department who will be relocating to a new carbon neutral depot within the next two years. A Council that invests in new build council properties, new and different types of housing stock to work on.

Job Description

Main Purpose of Job

To effectively work on own initiative or within a team of operatives diagnosing and rectifying faults as required or carrying out works of new construction.  Especially possessing competence in a range of trades so as to carry out a wide range of duties connected with the repair, renewal and maintenance of council owned properties in an efficient, effective and customer focused manner.

Main Duties

Physical activities including lifting, bending, climbing, walking etc connected with building maintenance.

Following instructions given by Maintenance & Contracts management team, attending pre planned appointments promptly, multi-skilling, planning and organising daily work, accepting responsibility for technical decisions whilst on site, organising and managing materials required, reading, keeping records, handing in job records daily, and following administrative procedures as directed.

Driving vehicles and operating plant and equipment associated with building maintenance and new construction. Keeping vehicles and plant clean and in good working order and reporting defects daily.

Working to a high-quality standard ensuring high quality workmanship and maintaining an acceptable level of productivity commensurate with earnings.

The use of new IT technology as required ensuring the delivery of goals and objectives as set within contract specification.

Carry out duties, which require possession of a reasonable standard of numeracy and literacy (as the job requires the employee to complete time sheets and claim forms, keeping records and to fulfil statutory checks as required). Ability to adapt to changing working environments and work patterns as deemed necessary to meet strategic goals of the service area.

Represent Maintenance & Contracts in a manner conducive with the standards expected, including the carrying of an identity card and wearing of the uniform supplied. Communication with customers, Maintenance & Contracts management team and members of the public in a polite manner placing the highest possible emphasis on customer care. Encouraging customer involvement and feedback.

Responsible for maintaining health, safety and welfare of self, other employees and members of the public ensuring adherence to safe working practices and environmental procedures. Including attendance of bi-monthly team meetings to discuss operational issues and Health and Safety updates.  

This role is offered on a fixed term contract for 6 months. 

About You

  • You will be educated to GCSE standard or equivalent in English and Maths.
  • Possess a City & Guilds Craft/advanced Certificate.
  • Hold a Category B1 driving licence.

Hours of work are 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday and you will be based at Gipping House, Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate, Ipswich

For more information about this role please contact Justin Wright-Newton on 01473 432452 or via email

Please download the Job Description and Person Specification to find out more about this role:

Job Description and Person Specification

The selection process will be an interview and Trade Test in September 2023.

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to interview candidates who meet the essential criteria prior to the closing date and / or to close the opportunity to applicants once we receive sufficient applications.


Gipping House – Ipswich


£28,900 – £31,099

Application closing date

13 September 2023

Job type

Full-time – 37 hours

Fixed Term – 6 Months

Job reference



Ipswich Borough Council

Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road

Contact Us

  • 01473 432000