Horticulture Manager

Horticulture Manager required

Job Ref ADV392

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Vacancy summary

We're recruiting for a Horticulture Manager to join the Dobbie’s Team. You'll bring expert knowledge of horticulture with retail management expertise. Working closely with your General Manager in setting the standard for our flagship department, you’ll be an inspirational leader, customer champion and commercial innovator making your Horticulture Department the place to be for customers and colleagues alike.? 

About the role 

-Overseeing the horticulture department operation, maximising profitable sales and growth while creating a unique customer focussed environment. 

-Providing expert advice and guidance in relation to plant care and maintenance, core gardening products & equipment. 

-Taking the lead in creating a great place to work for everyone on a day to day basis whilst thinking ahead to ensure your team have a development journey with Dobbies. 

-Sparking your team’s passion for delivering the best customer experience possible by creating a brilliant customer journey. 

-Working closely with our central support teams, maintaining top notch communication, stock supply and response. 

-Ensuring department compliance and health and safety regulations are carried out, whilst caring for employee and customers welfare at all times 

 About You 

-You’ll bring horticulture expertise with proven experience of retail management. 

-Commercial awareness and understanding of budgets, profitability from driving retail sales and improved ways of working. 

-Ability to identify training needs. You'll be effectively coaching and training all levels ensuring our teams are delivering a first-class customer experience. 

-Adaptability. You'll act quickly and enthusiastically to changing priorities, workload and concepts. 

-Positivity managing change, you'll lead the team through each season with care and motivation to deliver the best. 

Our offering 

-Generous annual leave entitlement 

-Fantastic team member discount to be enjoyed in the store, restaurant and foodhall 

-Thriving culture; the Dobbies team are passionate, diverse and committed to our customer 

-Stakeholder pension with shared employee and employer contribution

-Access to our confidential Wellbeing provider, including unlimited access to our retail discounts platform 

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Plantarea Manager

Plantarea Manager required

Job Ref H132

This is an exciting and varied opportunity in which you will be working for a renowned brand within the horticulture industry, driving their vision of being the first choice for top quality plants and trees.

The Plant Area Manager will lead and inspire the team in achieving all retail deliverables, whilst ensuring an exceptional high standard of customer care.

Role purpose:

The successful candidate will have a passion for horticulture, lead and motivate a vibrant team of plant area assistants who demonstrate a passion to exceed customer’s expectations and a commitment to exceptional standards.

Must haves:

-Extensive horticultural knowledge

-Minimum of 2 years proven managerial experience in retails, preferably within garden centres

-Demonstrates a professional, enthusiastic and flexible approach

-Exceptional attention to detail and forward-thinking ethos

-Able to promote excellent team work to achieve exceptional customer experience

-Demonstrates strong people management skills

-Able to be responsive to challenges and demonstrates a ‘can do’ approach

-Knowledgeable in maintaining and monitoring H&S on site

-Able to work with energy, pace and passion

-Efficient organisational and prioritisation skills

-Excellent communication skills, written and verbal

Key responsibilities:

-Responsible for the financial management of the plant area, this includes assisting in the preparation and management of the budgets and analysing weekly sales performance

-Responsible for the ordering of products as per seasonal requirements, liaising with suppliers and buyers accordingly

-Responsible for merchandising to maximise sales opportunities, promoting stock in key areas as and when required

-Responsible for stock management within the plant area. To include monitoring wastage and discounting to achieve maximum profit

-Working as part of the wider team and carrying out duty manager responsibilities

-Identify and coordinate staff development in conjunction with the Garden Centre Manager, Identifying potential skills and knowledge gaps within the centre

-Lead and promote the highest standards of customer care and service at all times

-Manage the promotion of the brand in store, by developing good local public relations and managing the active promotion of the Gardening Club

-Create and maintain a safe working environment for staff and customers and visitors to site ensuring the compliance with Health and Safety Policy.

-Conduct regular appraisals of all staff, encourage performance feedback and use as a forum to discuss developmental needs.

-Run meetings with staff to update and inform key information (promotions, targets, management messages etc.) as necessary.

If this Plantarea Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Plantarea Manager vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Plantarea Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Head Gardener

A highly experienced Head Gardener with an accredited horticultural qualification (Level 3 or above) is sought to play a leading role on a stunning and historic 200-acre private estate in Ascot, Berkshire. 

This position would suit a proactive, committed, and hands-on Head Gardener who has demonstrable experience of working within a large estate team. Expertise in garden design, woodland management, project procurement, safe working practices, and garden machinery and licensing are essential.

The Head Gardener will lead and manage a committed team of 10, to ensure that the gardens and wider estate are maintained to the highest possible standards. The ability to motivate and support the development of the existing team is highly desirable. Reporting to the Operations Manager, the Head Gardener will be required to manage external contractors and to work alongside landscape architects where necessary. As Head Gardener you will oversee the garden budget, maintenance schedules, and seasonal planting plans.

The Head Gardener will be expected to brief the principal on garden projects on a regular basis, so discretion and good communication skills are necessary.

The estate encompasses approximately 60-acres of Grade I listed gardens, grass tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, rose garden, potager, large greenhouse and woodland glade. In addition to the main estate, the Head Gardener will also be responsible for overseeing the management of small ornamental gardens at the Principal’s London townhouse.

The Head Gardener will be joining the Estate at an exciting time, as they will have the opportunity to play a key role in the development and implementation of a garden legacy project. This is a rare opportunity for a talented gardener to take a significant step in their career and to utilise their varied skillset.

Candidates must have proven management experience, preferably working in both a private and public garden, and hold a full UK driving licence.

Working Hours are Monday to Friday, 7:00am–5:00pm. Some Saturdays and Bank Holidays required during busy periods.

A competitive salary is provided at £48,000 per annum, with a salary review after successful completion of the probation which is 6 months. 2 bonuses would also be given each year, one in January and one in July and this will be depending on performance. The accommodation is a 3-bedroom cottage located next to the main Estate, but not on the grounds. The property is currently unfurnished, but this is something provided if the candidate would prefer it to be furnished.

SALARY:  £48,000  
LOCATION:  Berkshire
JOB No:  EC36119

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Head Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Head Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Customer Advisor

Customer Advisor

Job ref K451

An outstanding opportunity exists for a Customer Advisor to join a fast-paced online horticultural retailer. Our client has grown significantly over the last couple of years, employing over 30 staff, and supplying some of the country’s leading garden centres and nurseries.  This Customer Advisor role offers the chance for progression and growth within its organisation.  This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic horticultural sales assistant or supervisor that has strong customer service work experience to make their mark on this new and exciting vacancy. 

Customers are at the heart of what our client does.  Applicants will need to have a proven track record of providing excellent customer service, that are passionate about helping customers. The Customer Advisor position will also involve working closely with our clients’ suppliers, assisting the supply chain in a positive way, dealing with queries, orders and returns. The Customer Advisor role is a new role for our client, but it is an area of the organisation that is set to grow.  

Job Brief

As the businesses Customer Advisor, you will deliver an exceptional service to customers. Supporting the growth of our client, no two days will be the same as you work across the business. The successful candidate will need to be able to,

-Working together with the team to assist in the build/development of a pioneering online customer excellence function

-Being the face of the company to their customers, garden centre and nursery partners, building strong relationships, responding to queries, supporting the growth of the business community, and creating positive memorable experiences to enhance their experience across different communication channels, such as phone, email, whatsapp as well as on-site chat

-Working with our carrier providers to ensure seamless delivery experiences for our customers.

Key Skills

As the Customer Advisor, you’ll need have the following experience;

-A proven track record in the gardening industry: you know this environment well in terms of the products & tips on how to care for a product.

-Experience of working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

-You have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

-A meticulous eye for detail and brilliant written and verbal communication skills

-A strong work ethic, a humble attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit

 Package includes:

-Salary of up to Circa £27k per annum   

Our client provides the ideal environment in which to develop and thrive. Whether you’re an accomplished Sales Assistant or a budding plant enthusiast looking for a role in horticulture, our client will provide you with all the support you need to advance a career to be proud of.  

If this Customer Advisor vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Customer Advisor vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Customer Advisor vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Head Gardener

Head Gardener required

Job Ref ADV352

Based on the outskirts of a regional park, the gardens include extensive formal borders, shrub beds and lawned areas. We are looking to appoint someone with an excellent work ethic and the ability to look at the bigger picture.

Based at the exclusive and luxury Hotel, your role will encompass:

Maintaining the gardens, hedges, lawns and various borders;

Roads, drives and paths – The main drive, entrances and various garden paths;

Design and plan additional planting to develop the garden as required;

Employees – There is an Under Gardener to assist you, they will benefit from your knowledge and experience, continued development is essential;

Equipment – There will be a broad range of garden, grounds, turf care and relevant machinery, equipment and tools which the successful candidate will be responsible for including maintenance and upkeep, and completing relevant inspection and fault records;

Health and Safety – The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for Health and safety by maintaining a safe system of working and completing and maintaining site risk assessment;

Reports – The successful candidate must maintain an accurate diary, recording subjects such as weather, labour provisions, irrigation, garden notes and produce monthly reports;

Willingness’ to travel to other sites during the winter months as and when required.

Essential Requirements

Five or more years’ experience within the industry;

Strong plant knowledge;

Previous experience with large formal gardens;

Horticulture qualification level 2 or 3;

Professional and presentable demeanour with positive client liaison skills;

Good track record in managing a growing team;

Full clean driving license;

Mechanical knowledge of industry equipment and machinery;

Desirable Requirements

Landscape industry knowledge;

Emergency first aid at work;

Supervisory/Team leader experience;

PA1, PA6 safe use of pesticides.

This is a full time, 40 hours per week position, 20 days plus bank holidays annual leave increasing with employment anniversary. Full PPE and workwear as well as the use of company vehicles and supported opportunities for career progression and development.

www.maydencroft.co.uk


Estate Worker

Estate Worker required

We seek applications for the above position on a large equestrian Estate in Berkshire.

The 80-acre estate which has many outstanding features is currently undergoing considerable upgrading with a number of new hard landscaping projects being carried out by external contractors. The formal gardens are well laid out and include box hedging, topiary, ornamental lawns as well as herbaceous borders. In addition, there are areas of woodland plus a 3-acre kitchen garden. The owners have appointed a garden designer, and a number of new planting schemes are planned for next year. The gardens and grounds are generally separate from the equestrian side of the Estate.

Applicants must have previous experience of working as part of an estate team. Your duties will include: general grounds maintenance, lawn mowing, assisting in hedge cutting and strimming. You will also be expected to assist in carrying out other general maintenance tasks such as fencing, painting, gutter clearance, and woodland management, 

We seek candidates who are enthusiastic, and keen to develop their skills in order to become an important part of the estate team.

He/she must be able to operate and maintain large garden/grounds machinery and preferably be licenced to drive a tractor. A chainsaw licence would also be desirable along with PA1 and PA6 sprayers certificates. You will need to be comfortable around animals as the owners have dogs, horses, sheep and chickens.

Hours of work 08:00 – 16:30 Mon-Fri, Holidays 28 days including bank holidays.

SALARY:       Up to £28,000 (depending on experience)
LOCATION:  Reading
JOB No:          EC32375

If this Estate Worker vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Estate Worker vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Estate Worker vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Experienced Gardener

Experienced Gardener required

We seek applications for the above position on a large equestrian Estate in Berkshire.

The 80-acre estate which has many outstanding features is currently undergoing considerable upgrading with a number of new hard landscaping projects being carried out by external contractors. The formal gardens are well laid out and include box hedging, topiary, ornamental lawns as well as herbaceous borders. In addition, there are areas of woodland plus a 3-acre kitchen garden. The owners have appointed a garden designer, and a number of new planting schemes are planned for next year. The gardens and grounds are generally separate from the equestrian side of the Estate.

In addition to good horticultural knowledge and excellent practical gardening skills, applicants must also have experience of working on a private estate. It is important that you are well organised with the ability to work closely with and help co-ordinate the work of outside contractors. You should be familiar with the safe use and general maintenance of most types of garden machinery.

Applicants must be willing to expand their knowledge and skills in order to be part of the wider estate team, as well as having the enthusiasm and ability to eventually progress into the Head Gardener role. You will report to the Estate Manager.

A driving licence is essential along with PA1 and PA6 spraying qualifications. You will need to be comfortable around animals as the owners have dogs, horses, sheep and chickens.

Hours of work 08:00 – 16:30 Mon-Fri, Holidays 28 days including bank holidays.

SALARY:       Up to £30K (depending on experience)
LOCATION:  Reading
JOB No:          EC32374

If this Experienced Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

To view more Gardening jobs click Gardening or to view Landscape jobs click Landscape.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Experienced Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Experienced Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Maintenance Gardener

Maintenance Gardener required

Job Ref S399

A new opportunity has arisen for a Maintenance Gardener with an established and successful company, based in West Berkshire.  Working alongside many of the national house builders, this company take on projects ranging from small exclusive developments to plot by plot for 500 units plus. They also provide professional grounds maintenance services to a range of clients in many industries and sectors, from business and retail parks to schools, hotels and more. With the companies’ accreditations, extensive array of equipment and with the majority of employees having CSCS cards, the teams undertake a variety of contracts throughout the area and beyond.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone new to the industry, ideally with some experience in garden maintenance, landscaping, or associated sectors.

The role will involve working within a team, maintaining borders, lawn mowing, strimming, hedge cutting, pruning, weeding, shrub planting, sports pitch maintenance etc. Good communication skills, enthusiasm for working within a team, and good physical fitness are essential as the position can involve working across multiple areas and some heavy lifting from time to time.

Applicants will ideally have some basic knowledge of plant species commonly used in commercial planting schemes, experience in grounds/garden maintenance, must be able to follow instructions when on site and to work within the established health and safety parameters. 

Benefits include 28 days paid holiday (including Bank Holidays) and a pension scheme. This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established multidisciplinary company, and to develop your career with a talented team, under the supervision of an experienced Team Leader.

If this Maintenance Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Rebecca Pinkney on 01233 732767 or rebecca@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Maintenance Gardener vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Maintenance Gardener will have been unsuccessful.

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Plantarea Manager

Plantarea Manager required

Job Ref E670

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Plantarea Manager to deliver outstanding service and merchandising standards at a garden centre located in the Chiltern Hills, department turnover approx. £850k.

The successful candidate will be managing a team of 6 ensuring high standards are achieved throughout the plantarea department. He / She will be responsible for assisting the Centre Manager to ensure the department runs both efficiently and effectively in terms of merchandising, replenishment and housekeeping across the garden centre.

The Plantarea Manager will adhere to health and safety requirements at all times. He / She will train, motivate and coach members of the department to perform to their best and provide an outstanding customer experience. They will share product knowledge and selling skills expertise with the team to optimise the team's capability to answer customer queries and to upsell as well as work hands on with team members and promote the importance and benefits of effective team working and demonstrating a positive leadership style with an enthusiastic, positive, committed and flexible attitude.

It is important to work collaboratively with other departments regarding cross-merchandising. helping to give customers ideas and link-selling. Working as a team to maximise sales and service within the department by delivering excellent standards of customer service at all times by listening, understanding and dealing with customer queries in a confident, professional, knowledgeable and friendly manner. As well as building and maintaining excellent working relationships with internal and external contacts.

This role would suit a hands-on leader with a passion for delivering a memorable customer service experience.

If this Plantarea Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Plantarea Manager vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Plantarea Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Grounds Maintenance Team Leader

Grounds Maintenance Team Leader

Job Ref S281

Our client is an established landscape company based near Reading in Berkshire which provides a range of landscaping and grounds maintenance services to their clients. Their customer base is spread throughout Berkshire and surrounding counties including Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire and includes both commercial companies and homeowners.

The company are in search of a Grounds Maintenance Team Leader to take day to day responsibility for supervising a dedicated maintenance team of 2, working for both commercial and domestic customers. This will involve managing standards, supervising work and providing on-site training. Other specific responsibilities will include:

-Planning and organising work schedules and resources.

-Ensuring work is completed safely, to the quality expected, and within agreed time frames.

-Ensure all equipment and machinery is well maintained and in good working order.

-Provide training to team members as and when required.

-To establish and maintain good working relationships with customers

This is a hands-on role and it is important therefore that candidates should have good technical and practical skills in grounds and garden maintenance including: mowing, strimming, hedge cutting, general garden clearance, pruning, planting, bed preparation etc.

Applicants must be hardworking and reliable, have good leadership and problem solving and communication skills, and must have the ability to plan and organise work making the most effective use of resources.  A full UK driving licence is essential, and a horticultural qualification Level 2 or above highly desirable.

If this Grounds Maintenance Team Leader vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Rebecca Pinkney on 01233 732767 or rebecca@horticruitment.com.

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To apply for a position with horticruitment you will need to complete a candidate registration form, please see Candidate Registration.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Grounds Maintenance Team Leader vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Grounds Maintenance Team Leader vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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