Deputy Head Verger

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This is a supervisory role under the direction of the Head Verger, with responsibility for ensuring that all Cathedral Services are setup correctly and in good time by the Verger team as required and to also assist Chapter & other members of clergy in the delivery of said services as deemed appropriate.

You will also be responsible for working with and overseeing the Verger & Cleaning teams together with any Casual staff brought in to assist, in setting up for, derigging from and cleaning up subsequent to all events, services and other activities held within the Cathedral, St. James’ House, St Aiden’s and their precincts as directed.

You will ensure that high standards of general housekeeping are maintained at all times so that the Cathedral is always presented in the best possible way to our many worshippers and visitors throughout the year.

You will support and assist the Head Verger as required and in their absence will be responsible for the effective supervision of the Verger, General Assistant & Cleaning teams. You will liaise with the Canon Precentor and the Events & Logistics Manager to ensure the continued smooth running of the department in the delivery of all services, events and other activities. You will in addition be responsible for ensuring that all administrative and clerical tasks are completed and kept up to date.

Salary: £22.000 per annum
Hours: Monday to Saturday 07:30 to 16:00pm or 10:00 to 18:30 Sunday 08:00 to 16:30 or 09:00 to 17:30

Closing date: 5th October with interviews planned to take place week commencing 15th October.

Benefits include a Defined Contributions Pension Scheme, free on-site parking and 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory Bank Holidays increasing to 27 days after 5 full years of employment.

Key Duties


  • Setup of and clearing away from all services held in the Cathedral and ensuring that the Cathedral is left in an orderly state.
  • Supervise and organise the Verger team in their Liturgical duties for all services as required.
  • Deputise in the Head Vergers absence.
  • Reading of lessons & distribution of the Holy Sacrament at Eucharistic services (with appropriate Chapter consent).
  • Perform all ceremonial and verging duties within services as required.
  • Update all Service Registers and ensure the completion of any forms and documentation which may be required.
  • Work closely with the Cross Guild at major services as required.
  • Upkeep and cleaning of all liturgical items and silverware within the Cathedral.
  • Ensuring an adequate supply of all service books are available and in a good state of repair.
  • Ensuring that the candle prickets are kept fully stocked at all times.
  • Changing of all Altar Frontals in line with the Lectionary or as instructed by the Canon Precentor.
  • Refreshing and laundering of all Altar fair linen as required.
  • Ensuring that all sacristy linen is laundered and sufficient is available for upcoming services.


  • Assist with the production of staffing rotas.
  • Attendance of weekly and monthly operations meetings as required.
  • Booking of any casual staff which may be required for various Services & Events as requested and keeping an accurate log of staff booked on the appropriate spreadsheet.
  • Assist as required with the accurate recording and monitoring of staff hours, leave and lieu time.
  • To assist in the recruitment of an appropriate bank of casual staff as required by the needs of the business.
  • When required by or in the absence of the Head Verger, to audit and produce the monthly payroll data spreadsheets for submission to finance, together with all appropriate recharge documentation.
  • Oversee all Sacristy supplies and re-order or notify the Head Verger of shortages as appropriate.
  • Audit all candle stock levels both votive and other liturgical types and reorder as appropriate.
  • Ensuring the timely compilation of weekly service returns for submission.
  • Ensuring that all prayer lists are kept up to date.
  • Notify the Head Verger of any stock shortages or reordering as appropriate.

Concerts / Events / Meetings and Other Activities

  • Provide effective supervision of staff to ensure that the logistics of an event or other activity are fully met according to the deadlines set.
  • Ensure in the same way that everything is cleared away and stored in its assigned place on derig of an event or activity and that the Cathedral is subsequently left clean and tidy.
  • Liaise with the Events & Logistics manager and their team in the delivery of all commercial activities
  • Assist with and supervise the building of stages and setting up of P.A. systems as required.
  • Ensure that the grounds of the Cathedral are kept free of litter at all times.

N.B. (Some of the above will require heavy lifting)

Health and Safety

  • Being vigilant in ensuring that all areas of the Cathedral that are accessible to staff, visitors & contractors are maintained in a safe and secure manner and that any hazards, defects or security issues are reported to the Head Verger, H&S Manager or other member of Management
  • Being aware of their own health and safety and that of others
  • Following all safety procedures & wearing appropriate clothing especially in regard to safety footwear.

The person we are looking for will:

  • Have previous experience as a Verger or Deputy Head within the Church of England.
  • Have supervisory or managerial experience.
  • Be a motivator with excellent planning, organisational & communication skills.
  • Have a good standard of general education.
  • Be able to handle a diverse range of tasks.
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to lead from the front.
  • Be a committed team player who is respectful of colleagues and attentive to the wider needs of the organisation.
  • Be methodical & meticulous with an eye for detail & presentation.
  • Be physically fit in order to meet the requirements of the role.
  • Is able to work early mornings, late evenings, weekends and be flexible as required by changing business needs.

Educated to GCSE Standard or above.
Previous experience of working in the role of “Verger” within the Church of England.
Previous supervisory experience.
Excellent numerical, verbal and written communication skills.
Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.
Excellent planning and organisation skills with an ability to prioritise own workloads effectively.
Ability to manage staff effectively within their roles in a positive and motivational manner, with a demonstrated willingness to lead from the front.
Ability to handle a range of diverse tasks and work under pressure.
Knowledge of current customs and practices prevalent within the Church of England.
Willingness to take direction.
Ability to communicate effectively with team members and others with tact and sensitivity.
Resilient with an ability to remain calm under pressure.
Ability to build good working relationships within both a team environment and inter- departmentally across the Cathedral.
A committed team player who is respectful of colleagues and can recognise the wider needs of the organisation.
Methodical and meticulous.
Have a “can do” attitude with an ability to operate with energy and to use their own initiative.
A desire to learn and a willingness to take on further training/coaching.
Willingness to work outside of normal shift patterns & hours when necessary including early mornings, evenings and weekends.
Flexibility of approach to the varying needs of the business.
To have an understanding of, and be in sympathy with, the Church of England.

Liverpool Cathedral - Built by the people for the people.

Working in a supervisory role of the Verger & Cleaning department under the direction of the Head Verger in the largest Cathedral in the UK (and 5th largest in the World) you will be part of a busy team facilitating the requirements of all aspects of Cathedral life for both liturgical services and secular events throughout the year and keeping the Cathedral and its grounds clean, tidy and presentable for the many worshippers and visitors we welcome each year.