Nursery Maintenance Manager

From horticruitment

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Working For: horticruitment

Nursery Maintenance Manager required

Job Ref N100

My client is one of the leading Horticultural plant producers in the UK, supplying garden centres and major retailers with alpines, herbaceous perennials, bedding plants, bulbs and more, on a national scale.  

A new vacancy for a Nursery Maintenance Manager to lead the existing maintenance team has arisen on their large site in the North West of England. This is a hands-on technical role, with the successful candidate being responsible for ensuring equipment and buildings are maintained to a high standard, plus the management of a small team of skilled operatives.  The successful applicant will also manage all ongoing maintenance projects/refurbishment programmes and plan resources.

The ideal candidate will have a wide variety of skill and qualifications in various horticultural nursery maintenance techniques, including but not limited to glasshouses, production equipment and vehicles.  Applicants must have experience in implementing preventative and planned maintenance schedules and must be able to work within set budgets.  Demonstrable relevant managerial experience is essential, as is a full UK driving licence.  

Experience in a similar role as well as relevant qualifications in relation to the duties below, are essential:
  • Repairing and improving nursery sites including internal and external fittings
  • Repair of glasshouse structures including glass replacement and any repairs in greenhouses.
  • Mange workshop(s) including full stock inventory of tools, parts and spares
  • Repair of water pipes and irrigation equipment, vents
  • Provide cover for repair work on transplanting machines
  • Welding work
  • Trolley repairs
  • Machine restoration i.e. painting, welding
  • Greasing all vents mechanisms at all sites
  • Mainlining all greenhouses doors
  • Production machinery maintenance – to include Javo potting machines, transplanters, bale breakers, conveyor belts
  • Fabrication of production equipment
  • Ensure there is a minimum stock of tools/parts kept in at all times
Key responsibilities for this role will include the following:
  • Overseeing the planning and implementation of schedules of work and all reactive maintenance across the business including all aspect of glasshouse, vehicle, crop protection and associated production equipment maintenance.
  • Responsible for ensuring control of all maintenance budgets to annual target in conjunction with the Operations Manager  
  • Supervising and motivating a team of workers
  • Installation of new equipment
  • Reviewing worker performance
  • Identifying training needs
  • Ensure periodic and preventative maintenance schedules are appropriately scheduled and accomplished.
  • Ensure emergency troubleshooting/maintenance support are readily available as needed.
  • Liaise with Production and plan to schedule plant/equipment maintenance, having regard to customer satisfaction and statutory and regulatory timings
  • Identify improvement opportunities, and progress with team(s) and line management, including the development of the preventative maintenance program
  • Responsibility to comply with all company rules for health and safety and to co-operate with the company to ensure that all statutory duties are undertaken in line with appropriate legislation
  • Managing maintenance goal setting, activity scheduling and work allocation to ensure measurable goals, balanced workload distribution and effective staff management
  • Monitoring and continually improving maintenance processes and maintenance personnel performance to achieve best in class levels of efficiency
  • Keeping abreast of technology and developments within the industry in order to improve operations, personal and professional development.
  • Any other duty deemed suitable by your line manager

Applicants must be able to demonstrate excellent leadership skills, workflow/planning and scheduling abilities, excellent time management and communication skills, an ability to delegate task effectively, and an ability to be part of and manage a team diplomatically and constructively.

If this Nursery Maintenance Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or

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