About the Company
The Western Australian Turf Club (WATC) was constituted by an Act of State Parliament in 1892 with the objective of administering thoroughbred horse racing in the State of Western Australia. In recent years the Club has rebranded with the name Perth Racing and manages race meetings at two metropolitan tracks, Ascot and Belmont Park. From October to May, races are held at the summer race course, Ascot, and during the winter months, the club operates from Belmont Park. Meetings are held every Saturday, most public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday and there are approximately 35 mid-week meetings, usually held on Wednesdays. There are 90 meetings per season.
Located just minutes from the Perth CBD, Events at Ascot offers the perfect city retreat with exclusive conference, training and ball room facilities in a unique setting. The venue’s large spaces and flexible room options can be used for conferences, exhibitions or expose; whilst smaller rooms are ideal for meetings and training. A variety of corporate catering options can be hosted in any of the function rooms offering tailor-made events to business and industry needs.
About this Role
Perth Racing are seeking to appoint a highly innovative and progressive Racecourse Manager into their dedicated Executive Management team. The Racecourse Manager will report to the Managing Director and be responsible for the presentation, maintenance and continuous improvement of the racing and training surfaces, horse infrastructure and general grounds at both Ascot and Belmont Racecourses in order to provide for a safe and attractive environment for all stakeholders, race day patrons and visitors in line with Racing and Wagering WA standards.
- Promote and advance best practice in racecourse management of grass track for racing and sand/Pro-ride training tracks.
- Develop and manage an annual racecourse maintenance plan that details programs for track watering, fertilizer programs, mowing, gardens and general repair and maintenance requirements.
- Establish, maintain and teach high horticultural standards and practices of all racecourse grounds and gardens such as transplanting, pruning and weeding, shearing and harvesting trees, flowers and plants, to showcase venues.
- Be a hands-on leader, actively working in the daily track maintenance and horticultural tasks of both venues.
- Manage training facilities and track regulations.
- Develop and maintain trainer and jockey liaison and communications.
- Ensure that all horse infrastructure including, parade ring, horse pool and horse stalls are attractively and professionally presented at all times and in accordance with OH&S policy requirements.
- Maintains inventory of propagation and growing equipment and supplies, and orders additional materials as needed.
- Ensure all plant and equipment are maintained, serviced and repaired and used in accordance with OH&S policy requirements.
- Leadership and development of all track and grounds employees; providing direction, training and motivation.
- Development and management of budgets in consultation with Managing Director.
To be successful in this role you will have
- Considerable track maintenance and horticultural experience preferably in the thoroughbred horse racing industry.
- Minimum of two years’ experience in a management position.
- Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills to manage a very broad and diverse range of relationships, and a strong service ethos.
- Knowledge of either events based management industry or member based organisations.
- Knowledge of all turf maintenance requirements and ability to operate required machinery and attend to general maintenance as required.
- Knowledge of horticulture including design and maintenance of parks, gardens, and landscaping.
- An understanding of and commitment to compliance of Occupational Health and Safety requirements.
- A positive, adaptive mindset that sees the opportunity in developing tracks and infrastructure.
- The ability to work with basic processes and systems, updating and re-designing when applicable.
- The ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
- The ability to quickly develop relationships with stakeholders, employees and patrons at all levels of seniority and sophistication.
- The ability to organise, plan and teach in horticulture related topics.
- A high level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of leadership by example.
- An interest and desire to contribute to the vision, values, planning and strategies of the Club.
- Tertiary qualifications in appropriate turf management and horticultural disciplines or equivalent experience.
In return for your skills and achievements Perth Racing will offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic team, gain invaluable experience and contribute in an exciting and challenging environment. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, excellent working conditions, discounted healthcare, an array of social and employee benefits and a professional and friendly working environment.
If you meet the requirements of this role, please forward your resume and a covering letter outlining your interest online by submitting your application through the website below:
Please note only candidates that strictly meet the requirements will be considered and only short listed applicants will be contacted. Only candidates with Australian work rights should apply.