Grower Manager

From horticruitment

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Working For: horticruitment

Grower Manager required

Job Ref Y899

Our client is a family run wholesale ornamental plant grower in West Sussex, who have been operating since the early 1970’s. It’s diverse and skilled team of 45+ staff produce in excess of 1 million plants for the garden centre market each year.

Job Description:

The newly created role of Grower Manager will deliver the diverse growing requirements of the commercial crops, overseeing all growing functions, and contributing to the cost-effective supply of product to a professional standard. The total growing area is a mix of covered and uncovered, heated and unheated environments in excess of 14 acres, producing 1.1 million pots per year with a turnover of £3.2 million. The approximate number of people reporting to the Grower Manager is 7, made of up Growers and Trainee Growers.

Main Duties:

-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

-Ensuring all growing environments are effectively controlled and crops manipulated to ensure sales timings and targets are achieved, and waste percentages reduced

-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

-Participating in Strategic Projects, Working Groups and Committees

-Chairing weekly Grower Meetings

-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 in container grown ornamental horticulture; will preferably hold a qualification in commercial Horticulture to a minimum of Level 3, or equivalent; will have excellent attention to detail; be good leaders and motivators of people in order to build strong teams.

The position is full time, averaging a minimum of 41 hours per week across the year. 31 days holiday per year pro rata, inclusive of Bank Holidays.

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

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