-Overall management (including line management duties) of the horticultural departments within the garden centre, including plants, garden care and outdoor/ornamental product lines.
-To lead the strategic development of the garden centre’s horticultural departments, ensuring synergy throughout the departments, and supporting each department to maximise productivity, sales/profitability and commercial potential.
-Working closely with and collaborating with other departments to achieve the highest standards in terms of merchandising, customer service and retail/consumer experience.
-Monitoring team performance and handling day-to-day staffing issues (including inductions, performance management, appraisals, probations, absence management and employee working relationships).
-Undertaking the role of Duty Manager on a rota basis and acting as a first port of call for all shop floor queries, including handling problems and complaints (from both staff and customers) and escalating where necessary.
-Monitoring and analysis of sales and other relevant reports, and using industry data and continuous improvement, to drive performance (and achieve Company/business objectives).
-Working with the management team, and managers/supervisors within the horticultural departments, to oversee pre-season planning, buying, and workload management.
-Working closely with the merchandising team to develop design ideas in terms of space utilisation/layout and visual displays, which enhance sales, customer experience and brand image.
Person Specification/Key Skills and Experience:
-Solid experience of working in a seasonal and/or retail business at management level and delivering outstanding customer service.
-A strong horticultural background, combined with commercial awareness, experience of driving sales and the ability to lead your departments through each season.
-Natural leadership skills, together with strong people management skills, in order confidently manage, motivate and develop your teams.
-Excellent communication skills with a proactive, solution-focused approach to customer and staff concerns.
Salary: £32,000-£34,000 per annum
Full-Time (alternate weekend working required)
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