Nursery Manager

Nursery Manager

Job Ref W388

Our client is an independent, 100% family-owned award-winning Garden Centre retailer, wonderfully situated in the centre of England with a 200-year-old history. Their main site is a 100,000sq ft freehold retail destination attracting over a million visitors a year. The site is a premium department store style retail operation with concessions, food hall, restaurant, as well as boasting 6 acres of display gardens. Also on site is their own production nursery that grows a range of environmentally sustainable plants in peat free compost for the retail space and ecommerce. They are now looking for an experienced Nursery Manager to ensure the newly established nursery produces quality plants not only to drive sales, but also gain horticultural credibility across their award-winning stores and website.

Job Description:

The role of Nursery Manager would involve reporting to the Executive Chairman to ensure the continuation of growing top quality nursery stock. Developing, motivating and training your team, and ensuring a safe working environment.

Main Duties Include:
  • Effectively managing growing teams, systems, and resources to produce crops of optimal quality at the right time, by specifying, monitoring, and giving technical guidance
  • Carrying out regular crop walks to identify cultural requirements and monitor pest and disease, as well as leading the walks for the buying department
  • Recruiting team colleagues as required to meet seasonal peaks, as well as staff training, conducting performance reviews and disciplinaries as required.
  • Ensuring all growing environments are effectively controlled and crops manipulated to ensure sales timings and targets are achieved, and waste percentages reduced
  • Work with the buying team to look at new crop opportunities, as well as ensuring stock control systems are kept up to date, including quarterly stock takes
  • Continually improving the efficiency of the growing processes and labour efficiency
  • Liaising with internal departments to ensure facilities and equipment are in good working order, and pests and diseases are identified and dealt with at the earliest opportunity
  • Using horticultural production software to input data and reference production plans
  • Overseeing weekly programme of plant maintenance is in place at all times to ensure preventative crop protection and crop management are in place for the best quality plants for the garden centre market at their seasonal peak.
  • Work with the Head of Estates to ensure all areas of nursery operations remain a safe place to work, adhering to all health and safety measures, completing the required training, risk assessments and any accident information where necessary.
  • Participating in the weekend duty rota
  • Line managing staff, taking responsibility for yearly appraisals, training needs and disciplinary matters

Candidates must have a number of years growing experience, and will preferably hold a qualification in commercial Horticulture, however this is desirable and not essential. With experience growing a wide range of quality, garden centre standard, stock; from bedding to hardy nursery stock.

  • Must be IT literate in Office, and hold a strong working knowledge of Excel
  • Strong leadership skills with the capacity to listen and respond
  • Proven coaching skills, with the ability to give constructive feedback
  • Hold a good working knowledge of irrigation and sand filter systems, modern potting machines
  • Candidates must hold their PA1&PA6 spraying certificates

Standard working week for this role is 39.5 hours, with flexible working options – peak seasonal hours with some weekend working and reduced off season hours.

Holiday entitlement 33 days inclusive of Bank Holidays.

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 everyone.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application will have been unsuccessful.

If this Nursery 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 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 within the next 14 days, your application for this Nursery Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Sole Gardener

An attractive opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join a stunning 50-acre private estate on a full-time permanent basis.  The stunning period property is located in Worcester and offers an opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced hands-on gardener to manage the garden on a full time and permanent basis.

The 50-acre property comprises beautiful gardens and grounds including equestrian facilities; stables, a hay barn, paddocks and a ménage, and surrounding farmland.  The 9-acre formal aspect of the gardens comprise expansive areas of lawn, mature trees, mixed/herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, lakes, woodland, ponds, a variety of ornamental planting and plans for a glasshouse.  Although the majority of the grounds are well established, there are plans for the development of the gardens and grounds as a whole.

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of garden/grounds maintenance as well as any developments making the role varied and exciting.   This position would suit an enthusiastic gardener with a strong work ethic and good attention to detail.  Excellent plant knowledge and garden maintenance skills are required.

Typical duties will include lawn care, pond and water feature care, general pruning, planting, hedge cutting, weeding, establishing and tending a kitchen garden, maintenance of boundaries/fences and more.  Applicants should be well-versed in the operation of garden machinery, i.e. hedge cutters, mowers and petrol-powered strimmers, blowers etc.  An academic horticultural qualification at RHS Level 2, spray certificates (PA1/6) and chainsaw licence are desired but are not essential.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced gardener to join a stunning private estate.  Standard working hours of work are 08:00-16:00 Monday-Friday.  Salary is offered commensurate with experience.  Applicants should hold a full UK driving licence and their own transport, as the estate is located rurally.

LOCATION:  Worcester

SALARY:  Circa £30,000 DOE

JOB No:  EC34055

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

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Head Gardener

A rare opportunity has arisen for a talented horticulturist to join one of the country’s most beautiful gardens on a full-time permanent basis.  This position will suit an experienced Senior Gardener looking to take the next step in their career, or an existing Head Gardener with a desire to take on a large and diverse garden in order to utilise their full horticultural skill set.  The successful applicant will work closely with the property owner on all aspects of the garden and its management, including conducting private tours for the public on open days.

Set within 80-acres of meadows and ancient woodland, the all-seasons garden comprise stunning herbaceous borders, a potager, kitchen garden, woodland rockery and a Japanese garden, with a vast array of ornamental species and features, each thoughtfully planted throughout eight acres of formal garden.  The gardens are open to visitors, with numbers constantly growing as a result of excellent management and the resulting exposure in numerous publications, features, and on television.

The gardens are meticulously planned and managed to ensure efficiency and maintenance of the highest standards of horticulture and presentation.  The small team are proud of the garden and work closely together with clearly assigned duties and responsibilities.

This new opportunity will suit an experienced and qualified horticulturist with excellent attention to detail, with garden planning and staff supervision experience.  The successful applicant will work with and report to the owner and co-creator of the gardens and as such, the role will suit a senior level gardener looking for a step up in their career.  Applicants should be equally passionate, energetic and experienced hands-on professionals with an ability to lead a small team of assistants and volunteers in close collaboration with the Grounds Manager and Garden Administrator.

Suitable applicants will possess academic horticultural qualifications and experience in horticulturally diverse gardens, good physical fitness, and excellent plant identification and management skills.  The Head Gardener and owner will share the responsibility for guided tours and visiting groups while ensuring health and safety standards are met.  Practical experience with a full range of garden machinery is desired, including tractors and attachments, chemical spray certificates, chainsaw operation, garden budget management experience and confidence/interest in public speaking.

Working hours typically range between 08:00 – 15:00/16:30 depending on the season and planned events. 

LOCATION:Worcestershire
SALARY:£30,000 - £35,000 DOE
JOB No:EC18399

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read 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 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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Assistant Manager - A340

An exciting opportunity exists for an Assistant Manager to join as award winning family business offering the very best quality plants, gardening equipment and a very high-quality range of garden furniture. They also pride themselves on high standards of customer service and have an excellent team of staff providing gardening advice, becoming a firm favourite destination garden centre.

Are you passionate about customer service and experience?

Do you have a good understanding of successful garden centre retailing?

Are you proactive and able to use your own initiative?

Key points
  • Responsible for Garden Sundries, Bird care & Pet care, Indoor & Outdoor Lifestyle and Xmas
  • Merchandising and displays of theses product lines
  • Leading and supervising a team of staff by example
  • Reporting to and working closely with the General Manager
  • Ensuring a professionally run department at all times
Must haves
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A good knowledge of garden sundries
  • A keen eye for detail, presentation and displays
  • Ideally 5 years experience working within the garden centre industry

If this Assistant 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.

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 Assistant 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 Assistant Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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General Manager - A748 - This position has now been filled

An excellent opportunity to join an award-winning independent Garden Centre at General Manager level who pride themselves on high standards of customer service, becoming a firm destination garden centre. The role will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the centre which will include core departments and categories where you will play a significant role in the strategy and development of the business over the coming years.

Are you passionate about customer service and experience?

Can you demonstrate exceptional knowledge of horticulture and the garden industry?

Can you lead and inspire a team by example?

Key points
  • To take responsibility for the performance of all departments
  • Ranging, buying, stock management, cost control and profit margin
  • Monitoring financial performance against budget
  • Planning the seasons layout, shop moves to maximise sales opportunities
  • Ensure the team has a sense of pride by recognising and acknowledging achievements
Must haves
  • A proven track record in garden centre retailing at management level
  • Able to ensure clear communication throughout the team
  • Deliver excellent standards of customer sales and service
  • Able to champion new ideas for business growth

If this General 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.

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 General 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 General Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Garden Centre Assistant Manager - A340

Garden Centre Assistant Manager Required

An exciting opportunity exists for an Assistant Manager to join an award-winning family business offering the very best quality plants, gardening equipment and a very high-quality range of garden furniture. They also pride themselves on high standards of customer service and have an excellent team of staff providing gardening advice, becoming a firm favourite destination garden centre.

Do you have good horticultural knowledge and a passion for retailing?

Do you have an enthusiastic approach to drive the business forward? 

Do you enjoy holding a good level of autonomy?

Key points
  • Working with the Buyer and deciding on product ranges
  • Monitoring sales performance against sales forecast
  • Training of staff where necessary and overseeing department heads
  • Merchandising of products, in particular garden sundries and Xmas
  • Attending trade shows and exhibitions where applicable
Must haves
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A good knowledge of horticulture and garden sundries
  • Passionate about customer service and experience
  • A keen eye for detail, presentation and displays

If this Garden Centre Assistant 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.

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 Assistant 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 Centre Assistant Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Assistant Gardener - Live Out - EC7369 - This position has now been filled

Assistant Gardener required

An attractive opportunity has arisen for an experienced gardener to join a stunning 50-acre private estate on a full-time permanent basis.  The stunning period property is located in Worcester and offers an opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced gardener to develop their skills under a talented Head Gardener.  Applications from newly qualified gardeners/horticulturists are welcome.

The 50-acre property comprises beautiful gardens and grounds including equestrian facilities; stables, a hay barn, paddocks and a ménage, and surrounding farmland.  The 9-acre formal aspect of the gardens comprise expansive areas of lawn, mature trees, mixed/herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, lakes, woodland, ponds, a variety of ornamental planting and plans for a glasshouse.  Although the majority of the grounds are well established, there are plans for extensive redesign and development of the gardens and grounds as a whole.

A vacancy has arisen for an Assistant Gardener to work directly under and alongside the Head Gardener on a full-time basis.  The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of garden/grounds maintenance as well as helping with the development of the site, making the Assistant Gardener role varied an exciting.   This position would suit an enthusiastic gardener with a strong work ethic and good attention to detail.  Although working under the direction of the Head Gardener, the ability to work alone is important and as such, basic plant knowledge and garden maintenance skills are required.

Typical duties will include lawn care, pond and water feature care, general pruning, planting, hedge cutting, weeding, establishing and tending a kitchen garden, maintenance of boundaries/fences and more.  Applicants should be well-versed in the operation of garden machinery, i.e. hedge cutters, mowers and petrol-powered strimmers, blowers etc.  An academic horticultural qualification at RHS Level 2, spray certificates (PA1/6) and chainsaw licence are desired but are not essential.

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced gardener to join a stunning private estate at an exciting stage of development, and to improve your existing skill set under a knowledgeable Head Gardener.  Standard working hours of work are 08:00-16:00 Monday-Friday.  Salary is offered commensurate with experience.  Applicants should hold a full UK driving licence and their own transport, as the estate is located rurally.

LOCATION:  Worcester
SALARY:       Circa £25,000 DOE
JOB No:         EC7369

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

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

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 Assistant 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 Assistant Gardener vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

www.englishcountrygardeners.co.uk


Garden Sundries Department Head - N320 - This position has been filled

Garden Sundries Department Head Required

Our client is one of the leaders in Garden Centre Retailing providing the very best in quality and choice over a vast range of products.

Do you have a good knowledge of Garden Sundries looking to take that next step in your career?

Do you have a passion for delivering excellent customer sales and service?

Do you work well in a team focused to achieve great sales?

Key points
  • Replenishment and merchandising, optimising space
  • Driving sales through creating inspirational visual displays
  • Managing a team of staff to work to high standards of retailing
  • Providing excellent customer care and advice
  • Supporting the General Manager in other daily duties as required
Must haves
  • A good working knowledge of Garden Sundries
  • A positive can-do attitude to all tasks
  • Great team leadership skills
  • The ability to deliver high standards of retailing.

If this Garden Sundries Department Head 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.

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 Sundries Department 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 Garden Sundries Department Head will have been unsuccessful.

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Green Space Officer - W502

Our client prides themselves on being a progressive organisation who spends their time and energy on what they know matters to their residents and communities.

Their staff are at the heart of what they do, and as a result they are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent they can find. That's why, as well as a satisfying job, they offer a range of attractive benefits, such as flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a great pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development as well as discounted childcare and gym membership.

Job description

They have an exciting opportunity available for an experienced individual to join the dedicated Parks and Green Space team based in Pershore. You will support with the management of parks, including 5 which hold Green Flag Awards, as well as managing standard public open spaces and verges.

Working with the Client Services Team, you will assist the Senior Parks and Greenspace Officer with the day to day monitoring and organisation of the work on open spaces, verges and parks including dealing with contractors, forward planning, refurbishment projects, events in parks, play areas, tree and shrub management, GIS mapping systems, budget control and all other aspects of open space management.

There will be the occasional need to assist with enforcement issues such as abandoned cars, fly tipping and PSPO’s.

Key Skills

The successful candidate will need a relevant qualification in Horticulture or substantial experience in Horticulture (or a closely related subject). Previous experience in dealing with customers/public in a relevant field of Horticulture/Landscape would be beneficial plus lots of enthusiasm and a flexible approach to work.    

Key skills will include –

  • Horticultural knowledge especially for trees, shrubs and grassland management.
  • Monitoring contractors work.
  • IT skills including Word, Outlook, Excel and mapping systems
  • Communication skills
  • Time management
  • Customer service
  • Experience of working in a team and ability to work alone
  • Ability to calculate technical data

This post requires the ability to travel through the district to make site visits as well as working outdoors. There is also a requirement for making lone site visits to a variety of landscape sites.

A full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle will therefore be essential. An essential car user allowance will be available.

If this Green Space Officer vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Bolam on 01233 732767 or markbolam@horticruitment.com

To view more Landscape jobs, click Landscape.

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

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

You will need to be registered with horticruitment to find out where and how your personal data is used whilst using our work finding services please view our privacy policy.

Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Green Space Officer 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 Green Space Officer vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Nursery Supervisor/Trainee - K079

Nursery Supervisor/Trainee Required

Our client has developed a busy wholesale nursery, proud to supply Landscape Contractors, Landscape Architects and local authorities all over England & Wales working with independent gardeners to the largest landscape contractors.  We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated plants person to join the nursery team.

Do you have a good knowledge of trees and shrubs?

Would you enjoy working in a busy wholesale environment?

Are you well organised with good attention to detail able to work to dead lines?

Key points:

  • Maintenance and watering of plant stock
  • Unloading of lorries and checking deliveries
  • Weeding and potting on
  • Pest and disease control where necessary
  • Preparing and packing plants for delivery

Must haves:

  • A good working knowledge of plants
  • Good attention to detail able to work to strict deadlines
  • Happy to multi task according to each season
  • Keen to maintain high standards in all areas of the nursery

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

To view more Nursery jobs, click Nursery or 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 Nursery Supervisor 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 Nursery Supervisor vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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