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Horticultural Buying Assistant

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Job Ref S521

My client is one of the fastest growing gardening companies in the UK with an award-winning website and catalogue, and a passion for product and service.  An exciting new role has arisen for a Horticultural Buying Assistant to work under the Senior Buyer within the small close-knit team on a full-time permanent basis.  The position will focus on buying for Seeds, Cut Flower Bouquets and House Plant Gifts ranges and to play a key role in the next phase of the company’s growth.

Reporting directly to the Senior Buyer, the role will involve administration associated with the department as well as the proactive management and implementation of company initiatives.  Typical duties include completing Buying Sheets each season, requesting quotes from suppliers and collating product information from suppliers, and preparing sheets for sign off by Senior Buyer.  The responsibility for checking invoices and credits each week against agreed cost prices will be fall within the post holder’s remit, as will the responsibility to resolve queries before passing to the accounts team.  The successful candidate will also assist with sourcing/resourcing top-up stock mid-season and completing report administration to enable seasonal reports to be produced.  

Record keeping of samples for trials will be the responsibility of the Horticultural Buying Assistant, along with the tracking of trial progress and recording results.  A log of anything flowering incorrectly will be kept and maintained by the post holder, with the communication of issues being reported to suppliers also being the responsibility of the Horticultural Buying Assistant.  The successful candidate will also be responsible for daily web checks associated with product presentation and information online and in keeping up with current market trends and competitor activity.  A library of competitors and supplier catalogues will also be the responsibility of the successful candidate to manage.

Suitable applicants will have a love of flowers and plants, though horticultural qualifications are not necessarily required. Fundamental to the role, applicants must have good communication skills, good to intermediate excel skills, be highly organized and be able to demonstrate excellent attention to detail and an ability to work to multiple deadlines.  A high level of professional integrity and a strong sense of responsibility will be required at all times.

If this Horticultural Buying Assistant vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or mark.read@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Horticultural Buying Assistant 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 Horticultural Buying Assistant vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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