Head Joiner

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, craft orientated Head Joiner.

The Role

The Head Joiner will be part of Works Department, reporting to the Clerk of Works.


As part of our succession planning, we are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, craft orientated Head Joiner who will, after a period of handover, take over from our existing Foreman Joiner on his retirement.  

Floors Castle is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and is the family home of the Duke of Roxburghe and his family.  Built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721, to a design by renowned architect William Adam, Floors has evolved over 11 generations with each leaving their indelible mark on the house, grounds and gardens.  The Castle and grounds are a major seasonal tourist attraction.

Away from the Castle the estate extends some 52,000 acres including 49 farms spread across quality arable land in the low-lying tweed basin, top quality grouse moor and upland hill farming. The Estate manages 9 of these farms and over 230 in hand let cottages, for which the Works Department are responsible for maintaining and improving.  In addition, the Works Department acts as a contractor, if required, to our tenant farmers.    

Our Values

Roxburghe Estates is a progressive, caring and commercially focussed family-owned estate which recognises and values the contributions which our staff make to the success of the business.  We set high standards, promote enterprise and embrace integrity and sustainability in all that we do.  

The purpose at the heart of our business is to maximise the value of our natural and built environment and contribute to a thriving region through a range of flourishing sustainable businesses.  As custodians of land, buildings and heritage assets, we recognise the importance of the estate, and the work we do, on our communities.  The estate is very much part of our local communities and we seek to support and engage with them.    

Purpose of the Role

In support of the Clerk of Works, the purpose of the role is to lead and direct the joinery team in its day-to-day maintenance activities and be the principal joiner for works in the Castle.  With an eye for detail and excellent craft skills, you’ll turn your hand to a wide variety of tasks over the Estate as well as in- and around the Castle to support its function as a family home and visitor attraction.

What’s Involved


The finer things.

Working in our properties, in particular our heritage assets, require workmanship of the highest quality.  As one would imagine, the majority of items, from windows and doors to items of furniture, are bespoke.  You’ll need a very particular skill set and a high degree of diligence to apply a range of craft skills in order to complete high quality repairs and like for like renewals.   

Let’s communicate.

You will liaise with a variety of stakeholders – the Roxburghe family, other Estate departments, our tenants, visitors, suppliers and contractors.  Typically, you’ll arrange other trades where appropriate and order and take in materials so communication by phone and email is vitally important.

Lead from the front.

It’s a small team but you’ll be expected to prioritise the joinery team’s workload, shuffle things around and use your initiative to ensure your team is always pushing work on and completing jobs timeously.  We expect you to be the standard setter, the problem solver, the person who is willing to go that little bit further to make sure a job is done and done right.

Its not all fine furniture and oak windows

Sometimes the work is much more… normal!  Cottages and commercial buildings demand more typical joinery skills, albeit execution still needs to be to a very high standard, so you’ll need to be adaptable to the situation.  

Health and Safety.

As you would expect, Health and Safety is incredibly important to us as a direct employer and as an employer of contractors.  You will be expected to help maintain our positive attitude towards health and safety, help implement and shape the works Department’s policy and contribute to project specific health and safety requirements.

Don’t be shy.

We’re all part of a team and your input is as important to us as the MD’s.  You’ll be expected to contribute to departmental and, where appropriate, Estate wide discussions, policies and procedures. 

Record keeping.

We have a specialised maintenance management software package.  You will learn how to use this, and you will be expected, as all users are, to keep it up to date and relevant.  You’ll be expected to, with the aid of our software system, manage joinery stock materials and make sure stocked items are relevant.

Qualities you will possess.

  • Passion for what you do.
  • Diligence.
  • Positive can-do attitude.
  • Well organised with the ability to prioritise your own and your team’s workload.
  • Proactive and able to use initiative.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Logical thinker.
  • Solution finder.
  • Team player.

What do you need to be successful? 

  • City and Guilds Advanced Carpentry and Joinery.
  • Minimum 4 years relevant work experience in a similar setting.
  • Exceptional craft skills.
  • Awareness of other trades.
  • Capable of reading and interpreting technical drawings.
  • An appreciation of traditional methods of construction and materials.  
  • Be enthusiastic with ambition and drive.
  • Good language, numerical and IT skills.
  • A full and clean UK driving licence is essential.

What’s on Offer

A competitive package of renumeration including attractive pension.

Exclusive Estate benefit scheme.

Accommodation may be available.

How to Apply

For further information or to apply, please send a covering email and your CV to the Clerk of Works, Craig Logan at clogan@floorscastle.com

Closing date for applications 7th May 2021 with interviews expected to be conducted week commencing 17th May. 

Scotland’s Largest Inhabited Castle