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The CWGC is a highly respected, prestigious, global organisation that honours and cares for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Funded by six Commonwealth Member Governments, we build and maintain war memorials and cemeteries at 23,000 locations, in 150 countries, including some of the world’s most iconic, landmark monuments.

Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told. More about what we do can be found on our who we are page.

Our listings are updated on a regular basis, so please check back often.

Current vacancies:


 

Horticultural Supervisor (M/F) - France Area

Worker (M/F) - France Area, Beaurains (2 vacancies)

Stonemason - Brookwood, United Kingdom

Multi-skilled handyman (Operations Assistant) - Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa 

Gardener - Central and Southern Europe Area (C&SEA)

Finance Administrator (CAPA) - Ottawa, United Kingdom

Gardener, Bedford House Cemetery - Ypres, Belgium

Health And Safety Manager - Rome (Italy) or Larnaca (Cyprus)

Survey Manager - Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Cemetery Manager - Ranchi & Bhowanipore, India

Skilled Maintenance Craftsperson - MOBILE working from Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery

People Business Partner, Africa Asia Area - Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Internal Comms Intern - Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Technical Manager (Horticulture) Indian Sub-Continent - Delhi, India


Horticultural Supervisor (M/F) - France AREA

Location: Based in Beaurains (62), France.

Contract type: permanent / full time

About the role:

Assists the Horticultural Director in the organization and supervision of maintenance work in the sector. Works in collaboration with other Horticultural Supervisors to ensure the efficient operation of horticultural work within France Area.

Find full information in the job description:

English French

How to apply:

If you think you’ve got what it takes to succeed in this role please send your CV and a covering letter explaining what you can bring to the role and why you believe you can fulfil the requirements of the job, as outlined in the job description to fa.careers@cwgc.org.


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Worker (M/F) – France Area (2 vacancies)

Location: Based at Beaurains (France), Daily travel within the cemeteries. – 2 vacancies

Contract type: Permanent contract / full time

About the role:

Carry out structural maintenance work under the supervision and control of the team leader in charge, in accordance with the Commission's standards on war graves, memorials and other related buildings and structures within France Area.

Full information is available in the job description.

English French

How to apply:

Anyone wishing to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to: fa.careers@cwgc.org


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STONEMASON - BROOKWOOD

Location: Mobile role. You must be within a reasonable commute of Brookwood Military Cemetery. You will be working across Greater London and the South East, primarily in the London and Surrey areas. 
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Starting from £28,492, depending on skills and experience
Hours: Full Time. Average of 37 hours per week (dependent on season)

Who we are

In the echo of history's whispers, there exists an institution that transcends time, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission – where heroes' stories are etched into the very soil they defended. Share this hallowed ground with us, where you can work in an environment that is supportive and collaborative, with colleagues you’ll value and enjoy working with. 

What You’ll Be Doing

We are offering a unique opportunity for someone to maintain our war graves and memorials using their stonemasonry skillset.

You will be responsible for the maintenance, construction, and renovation of new structures. You will also be maintaining records of work undertaken, liaising with cemetery authorities, and applying cleaning solutions.

This is a mobile role, so you'll be on the road in a work-provided van, equipped for your convenience.

Your physical fitness will be put to the test as you engage in hands-on, practical work.

What You Need to Have

What We Offer

Job description Recruitment Pack

How To Apply

Apply today by emailing your CV and cover letter to recrutiment@cwgc.org.

As this is an active role, we will be interviewing as we go along and the role will close when we have an offer accepted by a preferred candidate.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to creating a respectful work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where any unlawful and/or unfair discrimination is eliminated. We will not unlawfully discriminate directly or indirectly in recruitment or employment on grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, age, sexual orientation or marital status, religion or belief.


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Multi-skilled handyman (Operations Assistant), South Africa

Location: Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa 
Contract type: Permanent 
Salary: From ZAR 202 233, per annum, plus allowances and a 13th month salary
Hours: Full-time, 42.5 hours per week (including lunch breaks)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission honours and cares for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told.

What you'll be doing

In this vital and self-fulfilling role, you will be supporting our team in South Africa in the inspection and carrying out of structural and horticultural maintenance of war graves and memorials throughout Southern Africa.

You will also: 

Your physical fitness will be put to the test as you engage in hands-on, practical work. 

This is a mobile role with frequent travel. You will be on the road travelling to sites across Southern Africa, in a vehicle provided by Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Travelling and spending protracted time away from home is a key characteristic of the job.

About you

You will be able to:

What you need to have

What we can offer you

Job descriptionApplication FormRecruitment Pack

 

Apply today by emailing your CV, Cover letter and application form to aaa.careers@cwgc.org. 

As this is an active role, we will be interviewing as we go along and the role will close when we have an offer accepted by a preferred candidate.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to creating a respectful work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where any unlawful and/or unfair discrimination is eliminated. We will not unlawfully discriminate directly or indirectly in recruitment or employment on grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, age, sexual orientation or marital status, religion or belief.

 


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Gardener - Central and Southern Europe Area (C&SEA)

Location: Mierlo/Groesbeek

About the role:

The post holder works in a mobile role or at a static site, and is responsible for the maintenance of a number of specific plots within a region under the supervision of the (Senior) Head Gardener. He/she carries out gardening maintenance to the standards of excellence as set by the Commission, and according to horticultural policies and procedures. This is a practical role, requiring maintenance craft skills to undertake a wide range of duties. These include turf culture, headstone border, maintenance and planting, pest control, machinery operation and maintenance and the care of ornamental features.

Find full information in the job description:

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How to apply:

If you think you’ve got what it takes to succeed in this role please send your CV and a covering letter explaining what you can bring to the role and why you believe you can fulfil the requirements of the job, as outlined in the job description to csea.careers@cwgc.org.


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FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR (CAPA) – OTTAWA, CANADA

Location: Ottawa, Canada 
Contract Type: Permanent 
Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week 
Salary: C$60,000.00 per annum, depending upon education and experience 

About the Organization

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission honours and cares for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told. 
 
The Canada, Americas, and Pacific Area (CAPA) of the CWGC covers all of Canada, United States, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and the Falkland Islands (31 countries) in the Canada and Americas Region and another 10 countries in the Pacific Region including China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Fiji, Thailand, Singapore, and Myanmar.  We are responsible for caring and maintaining 72,000 war graves, over 66,000 commemorations, 89 CWGC owned cemeteries and other sites with memorials, stones of remembrance and crosses of sacrifice. 

About the Role

As a Financial Administrator, you will be responsible to ensure all CAPA financial transactions, month-end financial data and records are maintained, accurately processed, and reconciled within set guidelines and deadlines. You will be responsible for payroll processing for CAPA as assigned, with specific focus on the 10 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. You will provide financial support to the CAPA Management Team, in line with corporate policies and procedures, as and when directed.

So that you know what to expect on any given day, you’ll be doing one or a variety of these tasks:

Everyone who works for us, or with us, shares our Values, which are formed around our concept of CARE (Commitment, Ambition, Respect and Excellence). We are proud and committed to ensuring we bring this to life every day, for ourselves, each other and those who lost their lives.

The Qualifications we would like you to bring to the position include: 

Essential

Desirable

Experience

Skills and Abilities

What We Can Offer You

Job Description Application Form

How to Apply:

Simply send your cover letter and CV to capa.recruiting@cwgc.org

Competition Close date: 4:00pm on Wednesday March 06, 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time once we receive sufficient applications and encourage all interested applicants to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

Interviews:

Initial interviews will be held by Video Conference Call. Subsequent interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible after the external competition closes and may be by Video Conference or in-person. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted by the CWGC.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to creating a respectful work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where any unlawful and/or unfair discrimination is eliminated. We will not unlawfully discriminate directly or indirectly in recruitment or employment on grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, age, sexual orientation or marital status, religion or belief.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

COVID Statement:

CWGC (CAPA) employees who commence employment on or after September 15, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as a condition of employment.

Being fully vaccinated is determined as the status of having received the full series of approved vaccines (both doses of a two-dose vaccine series plus a booster shot) and any additional doses required and approved by Health Canada and having satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy.

The CWGC CAPA reserves the right to request proof of vaccination at any time. Acceptable proof includes an Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 vaccine receipt which you can obtain through the Provincial portal https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/, or other government-issued vaccine passport or certification. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code.


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Gardener, Bedford House Cemetery - Central and Southern Europe Area (C&SEA)

Location: Ypres, Belgium

About the role:

The post holder works in a mobile role or at a static site, and is responsible for the maintenance of a number of specific plots within a region under the supervision of the (Senior) Head Gardener. He/she carries out gardening maintenance to the standards of excellence as set by the Commission, and according to horticultural policies and procedures. This is a practical role, requiring maintenance craft skills to undertake a wide range of duties. These include turf culture, headstone border, maintenance and planting, pest control, machinery operation and maintenance and the care of ornamental features.

Find full information in the job description:

English Dutch

How to apply:

If you think you’ve got what it takes to succeed in this role please send your CV and a covering letter explaining what you can bring to the role and why you believe you can fulfil the requirements of the job, as outlined in the job description to csea.careers@cwgc.org.


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Health And Safety Manager - Rome (Italy) or Larnaca (Cyprus)

Location: CWGC Office in Rome (Italy) or in Larnaca (Cyprus)
Contract Type: Permanent

We are currently looking for a Health and Safety Manager based in Cyprus (Larnaca) or Rome (Italy) that would lead the implementation of a uniform Health and Safety (H&S) management system across all C&SEA countries, ensuring adherence to local H&S legislation and fostering a strong safety culture throughout the Area.

What you'll be doing

What you need to have

What We Offer

How to apply

Anyone wishing to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to: Fiorangelo.ferrara@cwgc.org

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings. We're committed to creating an environment where everyone's treated with dignity and respect. We wont discriminate against gender, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion.


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Survey Manager

Location: Maidenhead, 2 days in the office, 3 days from home a week
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Starting from £45,000 per annum, depending upon skills and experience
Hours: Full Time, 37 hours per week, Mon – Fri

Who we are

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is an organisation dedicated to honouring and caring for the graves and memorials of servicemembers who died in the two World Wars. The work of the commission is not only out on the field, but in our head office too, which contributes to the meaningful commemoration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

What You'll Be Doing

Join us preserving and managing infrastructure, by running a program that surveys and maintains our globally built assets. You'll coordinate condition surveys, support surveyors around the world, and provide guidance and training. You’ll conduct meetings and deliver reports on survey data to shape decision-making. Beyond that, you'll provide advice on conservation, repair techniques, and structural matters. You'll also work with internal stakeholders and assist in crafting strategies and policies relating to the conservation of historic structures.

What You Need to Have

What we offer

How to apply

Apply via our Career Portal

As this is an active role, we will be interviewing as we go along, and the role will close when we have an offer accepted by a preferred candidate.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings. We're committed to creating an environment where everyone's treated with dignity and respect. We wont discriminate against gender, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion.


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Cemetery Manager – Ranchi & Bhowanipore, India

Location: Ranchi and Bhowanipore War Cemeteries
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time, 07:30-17:30 Mon – Thu, 07:30-16:30 Friday

Who we are

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours and cares for the members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told.

What You'll Be Doing

Supporting the Technical Manager (Horticulture) in organising, supervising, and carrying out horticultural maintenance work in Ranchi and Bhowanipore cemeteries. Day to day leadership of the horticultural staff, ensuring that the standards of maintenance specified by the Commission are met as efficiently and economically as possible. Carry out staff training as required in all aspects of the work. Undertake the practical implementation of organisational policy, including approved working practices. Champion health and safety procedures and complete all necessary documentation.

What You Need to Have

Job description

How to apply

Apply via our Career Portal

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings. We're committed to creating an environment where everyone's treated with dignity and respect. We wont discriminate against gender, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion.


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Skilled Maintenance Craftsperson

Location: MOBILE - Working out of Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery, covering the North East region
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Starting from £24,234 per annum
Hours: Monday to Friday, average of 37 hours per week

Who we are

In the echo of history's whispers, there exists an institution that transcends time, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission – where heroes stories are etched into the very soil they defended. Share this hallowed ground with us, where you can work in an environment that is supportive and collaborative, with colleagues you’ll value and enjoy working with.

What You'll Be Doing

We are excited to offer this opportunity for a Skilled Maintenance Craftsperson to join our team. The role encompasses structural and some horticultural duties. Maintaining commemorations and headstones through tasks like cleaning, graffiti removal, and replacing damaged headstones. It also includes managing the collection, transportation, and erection of headstones. Horticultural responsibilities involve strimming and vegetation removal. These are just a snapshot of the duties for this role. This is a mobile role with lots of travel, so you’ll have use of a van. The role is practical, hands-on and requires a decent level of physical fitness. There will be frequent overnight stays, of which costs will be contributed.

What You Need to Have

You must be within a reasonable commutable distance of Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery to be considered for the role.

What we offer

How to apply

Apply via our Career Portal

As this is an active role, we will be interviewing as we go along, and the role will close when we have an offer accepted by a preferred candidate.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings. We're committed to creating an environment where everyone's treated with dignity and respect. We wont discriminate against gender, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion.


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People Business Partner, Africa Asia Area

Location: Maidenhead, with a minimum of 2 days a week in the office
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Starting from £54,000 per annum, depending upon skills and experience
Hours: Full Time, 37 hours per week, Monday – Friday

Who we are

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is an organisation dedicated to honouring and caring for the graves and memorials of servicemembers who died in the two World Wars. The work of the commission is not only out on the field, but in our head office too, which contributes globally to the meaningful commemoration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

What You'll Be Doing

This role involves shaping a new upcoming strategy to support our business plans. You'll manage third-party HR consultancy within budget, ensuring our policies stay current with employment laws within Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. You'll also handle a variety of casework and projects, develop business and people solutions, and work closely with the Chief People Officer on corporate projects.

In this role you will travel, sometimes at short notice, to support our teams in country as and when needed as issues arise.

Key tasks include advising on strategic people issues, overseeing pay reviews and international payroll, and managing union relationships. Plus, you'll lead the Area People team, coach on performance management, and implement learning and development strategies across many countries. The role also encompasses workforce planning, coordinating talent and succession planning, overseeing recruitment activities, and setting service standards for People services.

What You Need to Have

What we offer

How to apply

Apply via our Career Portal

As this is an active role, we will be interviewing as we go along, and the role will close when we have an offer accepted by a preferred candidate.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings. We're committed to creating an environment where everyone's treated with dignity and respect. We wont discriminate against gender, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion.


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Internal Comms Intern

Location: Maidenhead, with at least two days a week in the office
Contract Type: 8 - 12 weeks
Salary: Circa £11.50 per hour, depending upon experience
Hours: Full Time or Part Time hours can be considered

Who we are

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is a global organisation dedicated to honouring and caring for 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars. Funded by six Commonwealth Member Governments, we build and maintain memorials and cemeteries at 23,000 locations, in 150 countries.

Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers, who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are not forgotten.

As an organisation with 1,380 staff worldwide, we speak many languages, and bring together a wide variety of different talents, skills and backgrounds.

About The Role

Reporting to the Internal Communications Manager, this eight-to-twelve-week work placement will give you a valuable insight into how internal communications works in a fascinating and complex organisation. This role will give you hands-on experience in creating and delivering internal messaging across different channels.

What You Will Learn

What You Will Do

What You Need to Have

What we offer

How to apply

Simply apply by sending us your CV and cover letter via our Career Portal, you can create a profile to keep up to date with future vacancies, as they arise.

Apply via our Career Portal

As this is an active role, we will be interviewing as we go along, and the role will close when we have an offer accepted by a preferred candidate.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings. We're committed to creating an environment where everyone's treated with dignity and respect. We wont discriminate against gender, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or religion.


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Technical Manager (Horticulture) Indian Sub-Continent

Location: Delhi, India
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Rs 44,900 to Rs 58,600 per month
Hours: Full Time, 44 hours per week

About this role and you

As a global organisation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) operates in over 150 countries and territories, and honours and cares for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world.

Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told.

Everyone who works for us, or with us, shares our Values, which are formed around our concept of CARE (Commitment, Ambition, Respect and Excellence). We are proud and committed to ensuring we bring this to life every day, for ourselves, each other and those who lost their lives.

We're seeking a dynamic individual to join us in ensuring the smooth implementation of our Area Business Plan and effective operational management of all CWGC sites. We have an amazing opportunity for a Technical Manager (Horticulture) role within our team in India!

You will need to demonstrate

What we offer

To be successful within this position you will be a proficient communicator skilful at supporting a wide variety of stakeholders. You will be an excellent motivator, capable of mentoring and encouraging your team to achieve their highest potential. If you're passionate about horticulture and possess these skills, we'd love to hear from you!

How to apply

Apply via our Career Portal

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to creating a respectful work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where any unlawful and/or unfair discrimination is eliminated. We will not unlawfully discriminate directly or indirectly in recruitment or employment on grounds of sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, age, sexual orientation or marital status, religion or belief.


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