General Manager

General Manager

Job Ref ADV501

Swarkestone Nursery & Garden Centre is an independent family-run store. We are in the process of planning a large-scale development, and therefore only outstanding candidates should apply. The position will be permanent and full-time, and you will be required to work 50% of weekend days.

The varied nature of the role means that alongside a team of departmental managers you will be required to oversee garden sundries retail, plant area, giftware, Christmas, nursery plant production and catering.

The position requires someone with a strong business focus. It is important that the right candidate has a combination of commercial (retail) experience and horticultural interest. We are looking for someone with at least five years’ experience in a similar retail environment, with at least two years in a management role. This does not have to be restricted to a garden centre environment, but does need to be in a similar retail environment attracting A/B customers. You will need to have had experience with EPOS software and have excellent computer skills.

The right candidate is someone who possesses excellent customer service and people management skills. You must be well organised and a good, calm communicator. You will be well motivated and enjoy growing sales and profitability.

As a Garden Centre Manager, you will manage, lead, inspire and develop an amazing team and ensuring all customers have a great in store experience.

We have exciting, ambitious plans for our garden centre, and only outstanding candidates should apply.

Duties:

  • Oversee all aspects of the business’ operation, including garden centre, nursery (mostly bedding plant production) and catering
  • Develop and implement strategies to achieve business goals and objectives
  • Ensure high levels of customer satisfaction by providing excellent service and resolving any issues or complaints
  • Manage and train staff members, including hiring, scheduling, and performance evaluations
  • Monitor financial performance and budgeting to optimise profitability
  • Collaborate the departmental managers to coordinate operations and ensure smooth functioning of the business
  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for customers and employees by enforcing safety policies and procedures
  • Stay updated on industry trends and best practices to continuously improve the businesses operations

What we offer:

  • Benefits include free on-site parking and generous staff discount throughout our garden centre and restaurant
  • Rate of pay is negotiable, depending on experience

We would prefer you to apply by popping into store with a CV and a covering letter and ask to speak to Laura Jackson (Director). She doesn’t work everyday, so I would recommend that you call before you visit to check that she is on site when you visit. If this is not suitable we will also accept CVs by email to admin@swarkestonenursery.co.uk

 

This General Manager private advert is being managed directly by the employer. horticruitment are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.

If you would like more information regarding horticultural qualifications and colleges, see our Career advice.

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Gardener

An excellent opportunity has become available for a sole gardener on a beautiful garden in a sheltered location within the peak district, Derbyshire. The successful candidate will be in charge of the ongoing maintenance of the entire garden to a high horticultural standard throughout the seasons, alongside future development in a sole capacity.

The Grade II * listed property is encompassed by 2 acres of stunning gardens, featuring a walled garden, herbaceous borders, roses, climbers, and a combination of both formal lawns and informal lawns. The garden also includes some beautiful water features, a large pond and modest greenhouse.

The key focus for the sole gardener will be to bring passion into and maintain the garden to a high horticultural standard. The successful candidate will be a knowledgeable and experienced gardener, with extensive plant knowledge, able to properly care for herbaceous boarders and roses, an eye for detail, and have demonstrable experience within a similar setting. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a positive and approachable attitude, while also being comfortable with dogs as they have 3 friendly and energetic labs on site. Relevant horticultural qualifications are desirable but not essential, alongside the addition of industry related tickets such as PA1/PA6 spraying and chainsaw certification.

This is an amazing opportunity for a sole gardener who is searching for a long-term position to implement their skills, maintain a stunning garden and increase their vast knowledge. The position is full time, Monday to Friday. Additionally, a company vehicle will be provided to the successful candidate.

SALARY:        Up to £27,000 DOE

LOCATION:   Derbyshire                                

JOB No:          EC59263

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

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

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Garden Centre Shop Manager

Garden Centre Shop Manager required

Job Ref ADV362

The position requires someone with a strong business focus, responsible for the day to day management and buying of the indoor product groups. This will include being responsible for garden sundries and decor, garden furniture, compost, giftware and Christmas decorations.

The successful candidate must be able to maximise sales by motivating and leading a team of people. You will build trend setting and innovative displays, creating a dynamic feel which is infectious to gardeners and non-gardeners alike – whilst not forgetting the importance of high standards in merchandising and housekeeping. Our Christmas displays will also require someone with an artistic flair to enhance our inspirational displays. The role also includes overseeing our busy tills.

The right candidate is someone who possesses excellent customer service and people management skills. You must be well organised and a good, calm communicator. You will have worked in a supervisor/buyer/management position within a garden retail or similar environment before. You will be well motivated and enjoy growing sales and profitability.

You will be working as part of a wider management team and leading a team of about 15 full and part time staff, including three supervisors/buyers. You will be working 5 days a week (including 50% of weekend days), ideally working Sunday-Thursday.

We have exciting, ambitious plans for our garden centre, and only outstanding candidates should apply.

Please apply by popping into store with a CV and a covering letter and ask to speak to John or Laura Jackson.

www.swarkestonenursery.co.uk

This private advert is being managed directly by the employer. English Country Gardeners are not involved in the hiring process and are therefore unable to share any additional information on this role. If you have any questions regarding this position, the best course of action is to apply for the job which will open a line of communication with the employer.


Head of Gardens & Maintenance

Head of Gardens & Maintenance

REF: ADV285

About Us

Opened 12 years ago, Mercia Marina is a 74 acre site conveniently situated in South Derbyshire. In addition to the 24 acres of waterspace with space for up to 634 boats, we have 32 luxury lodges with space for more in the private area. In the public area we have shops, offices, restaurants and cafes. The gardens, grounds and maintenance is central to our operation and we place great emphasis on our planting. We have attained gold standard under the David Bellamy Conservation Award for the past 9 years.  Our grounds are not formal gardens but more like a park.

The following summarises the main responsibilities

RESPONSIBLE TO: Owners and General Manager

MAIN DUTIES
  • Manage, develop, and train staff
  • Advise on external training required
  • Advise on team numbers required
  • Be responsible for the day to day management and monitoring of the gardens and maintenance team including routine staff monitoring, timekeeping and setting objectives
  • Ensure that all work carried out by the team is carried out safely and complies with H&S legislation and Mercia Marina H&S Policy
  • Monitor performance against schedules
  • Check daily the repair log and arrange/undertake repairs as required
  • Be proactive in identifying areas where gardens and maintenance can be improved or where current working practices can be reviewed
  • Ensure site safety is maintained through regular inspection of above ground infrastructure
  • Programme & plan gardens/landscape/maintenance improvements in conjunction with owner/General Manager and landscape consultant, to include designs and plant/material requirements
  • Plan and schedule seasonal maintenance to include lawn areas, shrubs, borders, planters/hanging baskets/hedges/ trees & weed control
  • Liaise with owners/General Manager and landscape consultant on new and replacement planting, seasonal bedding plants & other horticultural materials as required
  • Liaise with owners/General Manager and landscape consultant on new and replacement equipment including tractors and other mechanical equipment
  • Be responsible for carrying out or arranging maintenance/repair/replacement of equipment
  • Be responsible for safe use and return to store of all tools
  • Compile list of any new/replacement tools and PPE required
  • Ensure site is kept clean and litter free through ongoing litter picking and emptying of bins
  • Ensure weekly collection of site rubbish and cleanliness of bin stores
  • Supervise/direct team to co-operate with external contractors for works on site
  • Supervise/direct team and external contractors in maintenance of ditches, ponds, drains and pumping stations
  • Supervise/direct team in estate maintenance tasks such as installation and repair of fences, pontoons, jetties, painting, erecting signage, etc
  • Supervise/direct team/outside contractors in installation of like for like electrical equipment and simple repair of mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Supervise/direct team to clearing and control of ice and snow to ensure pathways are safe
  • Supervise/direct team in preparing for and clearing away after events
  • Advise on team development and resources/numbers required
Other Points

Flexibility required covering weekend duties on rotation.

Flexibility required in terms of early starts/weekend working where necessary in the event of ice/snow/drought.

Observe requirement for safe working practices to comply with Health and Safety legislation.

An option to live onsite can be discussed.

WORKING HOURS

The hours of work are 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday with occasional weekend work on rotation.

Please apply with a CV to info@merciamarina.co.uk

 


Garden Leisure & Christmas Manager - E712

Garden Leisure & Christmas Manager Required

Our client has a popular garden centre surrounded by spectacular Derbyshire countryside and the local area has a fascinating historical & cultural heritage.  They are renowned for offering inspirational lifestyle products for the home and practical garden essentials. They are currently looking to appoint a dedicated department head for their Garden Leisure and Christmas section.

Do you have excellent merchandising skills with a keen eye for detail?

Do you have knowledge of leading leisure suppliers?

Can you present a department to high standards of retailing?

Key points
  • Merchandising effectively a wide range of leisure goods
  • Analysing sales trends and taking appropriate action
  • Maintaining accurate stock control throughout each season
  • Leading and inspiring a dedicated team of staff
Must haves
  • A good working knowledge of leisure goods
  • Excellent merchandising skills with attention to detail
  • The ability to communicate at all levels
  • An enthusiastic approach to all tasks

If this Garden Leisure & Christmas Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Pauline Thomas on 01233 732767 or pauline@horticruitment.com.

To view more garden centre jobs, click Retail.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Garden Leisure & Christmas 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 Garden Leisure & Christmas Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Furniture/Xmas Dept Head - E259

Our client has an expanding group of award-winning garden centres renowned as some of the best in the country offering an extensive range of home and leisure goods, garden sundries and plants. They are currently seeking Furniture Department Heads which will then move forward into managing their vast Christmas department later in the season.

Opportunities are available within the Derby, Oxford and Plymouth areas.

Do you have excellent sales skills along with good garden furniture knowledge?

Can you provide high standards of retailing with good attention to detail? 

Do you enjoy holding a good level of autonomy driving sales for the department?

Key points

  • Supervising a team to provide a unique shopping experience
  • To recognise and act on sales opportunities
  • To ensure the department is professionally presented at all times
  • To provide excellent customer sales and service
  • Be meticulous in terms of product placement and standards

Must haves

  • A good working knowledge of garden furniture and seasonal lines
  • The ability to provide innovative displays of a wide range of products
  • Excellent retailing skills in terms of presentation and displays
  • A flexible and enthusiastic approach to all tasks

If this vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Pauline Thomas on 01233 732767 or pauline@horticruitment.com

To view more garden centre jobs, click Retail.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Furniture/Xmas Dept Head 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 Furniture/Xmas Dept Head will have been unsuccessful.

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Garden Centre Manager - I703

Are you looking for a fresh challenge at Garden Centre Management level? 

Do you enjoy overseeing all daily operations to high standards of retailing?

Can you lead and inspire a team of staff to offer excellent customer sales and service?

An opportunity currently exists to join an expanding group of garden centres at management level.

Key points:

  • To monitor sales fast and slow-moving lines
  • Ensure all departments are fully stocked and well presented
  • Leading a team of staff by example with a hands-on approach
  • Driving sales in both the plants and gardening departments
  • Delivering excellent customer sales & service throughout all departments

Must haves:

  • A good understanding of successful garden centre retailing
  • An eye for detail with good attention to detail in all areas of the business
  • Excellent team leadership skills
  • Be focused to achieve great sales
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude to all daily tasks

If this position is of interest please apply or contact Pauline Thomas on 01233 732767 or pauline@horticruitment.com

To view more garden centre jobs, click Retail.

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 Garden Centre Manager vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to everyone.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Garden Centre Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Deputy G.C Manager - P328

Our client is an expanding group of garden centres who take pride in sourcing and offering fresh, top quality and where possible, British plants as well as a wide range of seasonal products. They are currently seeking a Deputy Manager who will take responsibility for driving sales.

Do you enjoy the challenge of assisting in all areas of the garden centre?

Are you and enthusiastic team leader with good horticultural knowledge? 

This superb opportunity could be the next move in your career.

Key points

  • Presentation and displays of a wide range of products
  • Leading a team of staff by example with a hands on approach
  • Driving sales in both the plants and gardening departments
  • Working closely with the store manager to ensure budgets are achieved

Must haves

  • Good Horticultural knowledge
  • Attention to detail in all daily tasks
  • Excellent team leadership skills
  • The ability to multi task in line with the business needs
  • A good understanding of garden centre retailing

If this position is of interest please apply or contact Pauline Thomas on 01233 732767 or pauline@horticruitment.com

To view more garden centre positions click Retail.

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 Deputy G.C. 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 the Deputy G.C. Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Head Gardener - Live Out - EC3438

A very special opportunity has arisen for an experienced and talented Head Gardener to play a key role in the upkeep and garden management at one of Britain’s best-preserved medieval houses.

Due to the departure of the Head Gardener after 7 years’ honourable service, an opening has arisen for an experienced and personable horticulturalist to manage the 2-acre gardens at the main hall, an associated half-acre hotel garden and the 1-acre family residence garden; each set within a much larger estate and in close proximity of each other, in rural Derbyshire.

This enchanting hall set in the heart of the Peak District National Park dates back 900 years and houses two stunning Elizabethan gardens. The site is maintained to a very high standard for the benefit of private guests, the visiting public and of course the estate owners themselves. Nearby, the main family residence reflects the majesty of the main hall, though the garden here is relatively new having been created in 2003 by Arne Maynard; a renowned garden designer who continues to have significant involvement in the site.

The main hall gardens contain manicured lawns, parterres, mixed beds and borders, walled garden areas, climbers, topiary hedging, water features and a small cutting garden to provide flowers, fruit and vegetables for the main house. Two terraces at the main hall were redesigned and planted by Arne Maynard in 2012/13, and there are two more that will require reformation in due course.

The new Head Gardener will be of positive character with demonstrable garden and staff management abilities. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential as the gardens are open to the public between April and October each year. The successful applicant must be confident in the presentation and interpretation of the garden in conjunction with the hall opening team, when required, so a genuine interest in historic gardens would be beneficial. Garden contractors maintain the grounds of an associated hotel within the wider site, though your expertise will be required from time to time to ensure standards are maintained throughout the complex as a whole. The new Head Gardener will have the assistance of one part-time gardener, a number of volunteers and a maintenance gardener (who primarily looks after the lawns and hedges).

Applicants must have excellent horticultural knowledge and be positive, enthusiastic and dedicated to their field. This is a rare opportunity for an experienced Head Gardener to be part of this magical estate and to realise their true potential, for which they will experience generous reward and personal satisfaction.

If this position is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

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

SALARY: C£34,000

LOCATION: Bakewell, Derbyshire

JOB No: EC 3438


Garden Centre Manager - R203

Are you looking to join an amazing large retail outlet? Do you have Garden Centre Management experience? Do you thrive in a fast paced environment and committed to delivering excellent standards of Retailing?

Key points

  • Managing all daily operations to ensure a professionally run centre
  • Achieving company targets and looking for areas of improvement
  • Leading and inspiring a team of staff to deliver excellent customer sales and service
  • Assisting with implementing a high standard of retailing
  • Merchandising and displays with a fresh innovative approach
  • Keeping up to date with the latest trends and customer requirements

Must haves

  • A proven track record at Garden Centre Manager level
  • Excellent communication skills able to lead and inspire the team
  • Highly motivated with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • A passion to achieve excellent results and drive the business forward

If this position is of interest, please apply or contact Pauline Thomas on 01233 732767 or pauline@horticruitment.com

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