Assistant Head Grower

From horticruitment

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Working For: horticruitment

Assistant Head Grower required

Job Ref P119

An excellent opportunity has arisen with a family business established over 70-years ago, based in Midlothian in Scotland, for an Assistant Head Grower.  This is a career development opportunity that will offer the successful the chance to take over as Head Grower in future.

The company are now growing over 50 million bedding plant plugs each year for professional growers and parks departments throughout the UK.  The company are an accredited grower under the British Ornamental Plant Producers and are dedicated to producing the finest quality plants, primarily pot plant plugs, contract bedding, poinsettias and garden centre flowering plants to transport directly to nurseries in the shortest possible time.  Comprising a 4-acre modern glasshouse nursery with a further 2-acres of rented satellite nursery space, the site is fully automated with mobile benches and excellent environmental control.  An Assistant Head Grower is now required to work with the Head Grower on a permanent full-time basis, offering an excellent development opportunity for someone with an existing skill set and experience in a similar role.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the provision of assistance to the Head Grower with the forward planning and management of the nursery, purchasing of all stock and sundries required for nursery operations, leading teams on growing related tasks to timescale and agreed standards, pest, disease and quality control, ensuring the team are working safely and complying with relevant legislation, liaising with the company owners and the sales team to ensure relevant paperwork is up to date, use and management of crop protection chemicals and PGRs, among other related tasks as they arise.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar role and will be able to demonstrate skills in each of the above areas.  Computer literacy is essential as are excellent time management skills and plant knowledge. Applicants will ideally hold an academic horticultural qualification, though relevant experience in an associated role on a similar scale. 

If this Assistant Head Grower vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or

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