Assistant Manager

From horticruitment

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Working For: Horticruitment

Assistant Manager required 

Job Ref: H229

Based on the south coast, on the edge of the New Forest, our client is a family run independently owned garden centre and nursery that has been serving the community for over 100 years. Set over 25-acres the centre boasts a fantastic plantarea with many of the products coming directly from their own nursery which provides 70% of all plants for sale in the centre. They also offer a comprehensive range of garden sundries, home and giftware, furniture and much more. Due to retirement the Directors are now seeking an Assistant Manager who will continue to support them in all daily operations.

Job Description:

As the Assistant Manager your primary responsibility will be to provide management support to the Garden Centre team, with customer service at the forefront of everything you achieve.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to –

  • Assist the Garden Centre Manager and deputise fully in their absence, including key holder responsibilities.
  • To help manage, motivate, and support a dedicated team of staff to ensure that sale opportunities and customers experiences are optimised.
  • Efficient and effective communications within the business to the Centre Manager and Directors.
  • Having a proactive approach in finding ways of improving the garden centre and motivating your staff.
  • Assisting, management and control of stock levels.
  • Understanding seasonal peaks and troughs
  • Implementing seasonal promotions and events
  • To create and achieve a sharp, neat, professional shop floor image of the highest standards using excellent visual merchandising skills.
  • Ensuring that the department adheres to all Health & Safety legislation.
  • To keep abreast of the latest trends and styles in garden centre retail, as well as being aware of competitor activity.
  • Assisting with the management of the EPOS system and other daily administrative tasks.
Key Skills:

As the Assistant Manager, you’ll need to be an experienced retailer with proven leadership qualities. Knowledge of plants and garden centre products are an advantage although not essential. The ideal candidate will be a strong communicator who can motivate the team to deliver with enthusiasm.

 What the position offers

  • A friendly, warm, and supportive work environment
  • 25% discount in the Garden Centre and restaurant
  • 31 days holiday (which includes the usual 8 Bank Holidays)

This is a full time, permanent position. The hours include working alternate weekends with a set day off each week.

If this Assistant Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or

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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.