Horticulture Manager

From horticruitment

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Working For: horticruitment

Horticulture Manager required

Job Ref K144

Our client set up their business approximately 28 years ago to provide support to people with learning difficulties. Supported by a team of staff, they provide work-based training opportunities within a real commercial environment and as such, working with learning difficulties is central to the core of their business. Operating on a 5-acre site, they are a small but busy nursery which is open 7 days a week to both retail and trade customers selling mainly Shrubs, Perennials, Vegetable and bedding plants as well as Christmas trees, hanging baskets, table arrangements, wreaths and other seasonal goods.

Job Description

An experienced Horticulture Manager is required for the development, motivation and training of the existing team whilst also ensuring a safe and friendly working environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for the growing of high-quality plants for sale to Trade & Retail Customers to agreed growing and production plans in a team setting, working with adults with learning difficulties and volunteers.

The successful candidate will be required to:

Prepare and review the growing plans each year to ensure sales timing and targets are achieved and waste percentage reduced:

  • Contact suppliers and place orders.
  • Ensure the sales areas are tidy and provide a welcoming retail experience for the customers.
  • Ensure the growing areas are well presented and all the products are well labelled and priced.

Involve staff, adults with learning difficulties and volunteers in the growing plans and to work effectively within the team:

  • Encourage staff, adults with learning difficulties and volunteers to continually improve their understanding of the horticultural process.
  • Line managing staff, taking responsibility for yearly appraisals, training needs and disciplinary matters, organizing regular team meetings and managing sick days and holidays.

Managing weed/pest/disease control programs:

  • An understanding of biological control would be beneficial.
  • Preparing fertilizer programs for various types of plants.
  • Chemical spraying in conjunction with biological control.
  • Be responsible for Plant Hygiene throughout the crop cycle.
  • PA1 and PA6 certification are desirable.

Organising/giving talks and presentation as required:

  • Giving monthly talks onsite to the gardening club.
  • Preparing and giving general presentation about plants in order to promote the nursery to different organisations/groups.
  • Contribute to the monthly newsletter about progress at the nursery, informing about seasonal plants and activities.

Carrying out risk assessments in conjunction with the general manager:

  • Ensure appropriate records are kept for health and safety.
  • Follow Health and Safety procedures and maintain records as required.

Flexible working will be necessary which will include some weekend work:

  • Organising rota with the team to work during the weekends.
Additional Information

It is essential for this position that candidates have a number of years of growing experience, growing a wide range of quality plants from bedding to hardy stock. Strong leadership skills and a willingness of working with people with special needs are key qualities for the role.

Any offer of appointment will be conditional and subject to a DBS check due to the nature of various individuals that the successful candidate will be working closely with. The hours of work of this position are full time, 40 hours per week.

If this Horticulture Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Bevan Andrews on 01233 732767 or bevan@horticruitment.com.

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Horticulture 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 Horticulture Manager vacancy will have been unsuccessful.