Site Manager

Site Manager required

Job Ref G601

With more than 60 years’ experience in the sector, is a horticulture wholesale nursery producing over 2.2 million shrubs, herbaceous and perennial plants per year across their production sites. They have now grown to become one of the leading suppliers to the British landscaping industry. The company is known for its forward-thinking ethos which has allowed them to stay ahead of landscape fashions and trends and become pioneers in plant health management and environmental expertise. Their clients include a wide range of commercial and domestic customers including landscape architects and designers, local authorities, housing projects and nurseries. They are now seeking a skilled hands-on Horticulturalist to manage their 7-acre site near Coventry.

Job Description

This is a unique opportunity for the right person to manage and oversee day-to-day operations throughout the site. Although reporting to the Production Director and having the full support of the senior management team, As Site Manager you will need to operate in a self-contained manner. Key responsibilities will include:

  • To produce crops to a high quality, fulfilling the cultural requirements of the crop to maintain saleability.
  • To implement good nursery housekeeping and hygiene procedures.
  • To oversee the potting operation, maintaining high standards in both plant quality and efficient safe working practises.
  • Ensure the plant centre displays are maintained to retail standards and replenished according to merchandising plan.
  • To monitor plant health, provide suitable and adequate control of pest, disease, and weeds, ensuring an integrated and informed approach to application of plant protection products.
  • Ensure appropriate plant selection to fulfil both customer and bulk orders.
  • To manage, motivate and develop the team across both Plant Centre and Production Site.
  • Ensure the Health & Safety of the site and all its operations, following company policies and procedures.
  • Provide regular and comprehensive feedback to line manager.
  • Liaison with the main site team to ensure smooth logistical operations.
Candidate Skills

This is a hands-on role, and will require a candidate with horticultural, agricultural or forestry experience at a high level.  Attributes required:

  • An experienced grower of hardy nursery stock.
  • Experience of managing a team of people
  • Ability to turn hand to anything.
  • Enthusiastic, practical, and driven to succeed.
  • A team player.
  • Good organisational and IT skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, comfortable in a customer facing role.
  • Full driving licence required.
  • Forklift license preferred.
  • FEPA qualified.

If this Site Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Niall Anderson on 01233 732767 or niall@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Site 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 Site Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Horticulture Manager

Horticulture Manager required

Job Ref K144

Our client set up their business approximately 28 years ago to provide support to people with learning difficulties. Supported by a team of staff, they provide work-based training opportunities within a real commercial environment and as such, working with learning difficulties is central to the core of their business. Operating on a 5-acre site, they are a small but busy nursery which is open 7 days a week to both retail and trade customers selling mainly Shrubs, Perennials, Vegetable and bedding plants as well as Christmas trees, hanging baskets, table arrangements, wreaths and other seasonal goods.

Job Description

An experienced Horticulture Manager is required for the development, motivation and training of the existing team whilst also ensuring a safe and friendly working environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for the growing of high-quality plants for sale to Trade & Retail Customers to agreed growing and production plans in a team setting, working with adults with learning difficulties and volunteers.

The successful candidate will be required to:

Prepare and review the growing plans each year to ensure sales timing and targets are achieved and waste percentage reduced:

  • Contact suppliers and place orders.
  • Ensure the sales areas are tidy and provide a welcoming retail experience for the customers.
  • Ensure the growing areas are well presented and all the products are well labelled and priced.

Involve staff, adults with learning difficulties and volunteers in the growing plans and to work effectively within the team:

  • Encourage staff, adults with learning difficulties and volunteers to continually improve their understanding of the horticultural process.
  • Line managing staff, taking responsibility for yearly appraisals, training needs and disciplinary matters, organizing regular team meetings and managing sick days and holidays.

Managing weed/pest/disease control programs:

  • An understanding of biological control would be beneficial.
  • Preparing fertilizer programs for various types of plants.
  • Chemical spraying in conjunction with biological control.
  • Be responsible for Plant Hygiene throughout the crop cycle.
  • PA1 and PA6 certification are desirable.

Organising/giving talks and presentation as required:

  • Giving monthly talks onsite to the gardening club.
  • Preparing and giving general presentation about plants in order to promote the nursery to different organisations/groups.
  • Contribute to the monthly newsletter about progress at the nursery, informing about seasonal plants and activities.

Carrying out risk assessments in conjunction with the general manager:

  • Ensure appropriate records are kept for health and safety.
  • Follow Health and Safety procedures and maintain records as required.

Flexible working will be necessary which will include some weekend work:

  • Organising rota with the team to work during the weekends.
Additional Information

It is essential for this position that candidates have a number of years of growing experience, growing a wide range of quality plants from bedding to hardy stock. Strong leadership skills and a willingness of working with people with special needs are key qualities for the role.

Any offer of appointment will be conditional and subject to a DBS check due to the nature of various individuals that the successful candidate will be working closely with. The hours of work of this position are full time, 40 hours per week.

If this Horticulture Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Bevan Andrews on 01233 732767 or bevan@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Horticulture 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 Horticulture Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Senior Gardener - (Part-Time 3 days / week) - EC5805 - This position has now been filled

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a driven and hands-on senior gardener for 3 days a week for a beautiful Estate situated at the centre of the country between Birmingham and Coventry.

The Hall sits within a landscaped deer park with lakes; the Parkland extends to about 275 acres. The formal planting mainly exists in the large, mixed borders that wrap around the terraces. On the terraces are 2 beds bordered with lavender and planted with roses. There is a millennium rose garden and a thinner herbaceous bed along the southern wall of the Walled Garden. There is also a wild flower meadow and rolling lawns leading to the Hall Pool that are broken up by various species of trees and rhododendron bushes. The Walled Garden extends to about 5 acres and is made up of a large paddock, a central compartment filled with the ruins of Victorian glasshouses and the southern third, which currently holds two large banks of solar panels that are in the process of being relocated.   

One of biggest priorities for the family is to reinstate the southernmost section of the Walled Garden to be productive as well as ornamental. This will principally be to  provide fruit and veg for the house and Estate but with the ultimate aim of  providing local chefs and restaurants, provide a venue for ‘food and gardening’ with courses held at the Estate and used as an additional attraction for events held at the Estate. The gardens will also need to provide cut flowers for the Hall and its associated businesses.

The owner has a background in garden design and the successful candidate will need to work closely with the owner on both the design and implementation. Future projects will include the renovation of the rose garden, tree planting, bulb planting, planting of espaliered fruit trees on the outer wall of the Walled Garden, creation of a terrace garden outside the conservatory and creation of parterre within the terrace.

The role will be to oversee and be involved in all aspects of the garden. This includes the Grounds, Walled Garden and proposed flowers beds and formal area to be created. He / She will be expected to coordinate both programs of work and agree annual and capital budgets to ensure the delivery of the vision. He / She will be reporting to the owner and the estate senior management team who will approve an agreed programme and schedule of works that will be prepared by the senior gardener. A weekly meeting will detail work planned for the week and the senior gardener will detail duties to be undertaken by individual team members. The senior gardener will be responsible for ensuring that all works are carried out in accordance with best practice and that work is undertaken to the highest of standards and is delivered in accordance with any HSE guidelines.

The ideal candidate will have excellent horticultural knowledge and plant identification skills. He / She should have a working knowledge of pest and disease control and will hold a spraying certificate (PA1/PA6). A chainsaw certificate would be an advantage but not essential - the client would be willing to provide training if required. Propagation knowledge and experience is essential for the forward moving of the garden developments. A full clean driving licence is essential.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate senior gardener who is looking for a long term and rewarding role on a beautiful Estate. Someone to take ownership of the gardens, and work closely with the owners and the wider team.

 SALARY:        Circa £32,000 pro rata
LOCATION:    Between Birmingham and Coventry
JOB No:          EC5805

If this Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Assistant Nursery Manager - T552

Would you like to work as an Assistant Nursery Manager for a long established family business with a reputation for producing quality bedding plants?
Are you practical, hands on manager with excellent knowledge of nursery operations?
Are you a proactive person with knowledge of contract growing?

This will be a hands on, multi-faceted role covering all areas of the Nursery. Reporting to the General Manager the purpose of the role is to assist and take responsibility for the daily management of the nursery operations.

Key points
•Staff management- daily management and organising of staff
•Nursery operations- overseeing all operations within the production areas
•Despatch operations- assist and oversee the despatch process
•Sales- follow all sales processes and pursue new business opportunities

Must haves
•Hands on, practical experience
•Proactive personality in a dynamic and demanding environment
•Proven management experience
•Formal qualifications and knowledge of BOPP will be an advantage

If this position is of interest, please apply or contact Sarah Goodhew on 01233 732767 or sarah@horticruitment.com

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Assistant Nursery 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 regarding the Assistant Nursery Manager vacancy within the next 14 days, your application will have been unsuccessful.