Plants Manager

From Smiths Orchard Garden Centre

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Plants Area / General Duty Manager required

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We are a medium sized independent traditional family run Garden Centre serving the community for over 90 years. We have an extensive variety of excellent quality plants and horticultural products. Additionally, we offer a large range of garden sundries, home and giftware and a busy tearoom serving cooked meals. We are renowned for offering expert advice, with a focus on strong customer relationships. We sell hardy nursery stock, bedding plants, herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs.  A manager is now required to join us, taking responsibility for running and improving the Plants Department as well as acting as duty manager for the whole Garden Centre.

Job Brief

You will work closely with our sundries manager to ensure the smooth general running of the garden centre as well as taking specific sole responsibility for the plants department.

As Manager, you need to deliver a high-quality service to customers, ensuring the plants are presented to a high standard. This is a very hands-on role and you will be required to operate a fork lift truck and accept deliveries, as well as help out practically in dealing with issues that arise in the Garden Centre such as IT and tills. This position would suit those who have already gained some experience in garden centre retailing with good plant and product knowledge. You will need to be enthusiastic about plant retailing, have a flexible and adaptable approach and be a good team player.

Key Responsibilities
  • Working with the Sundries Manager to ensure the smooth running of the Garden Centre.
  • Ordering plants and product
  • Responsibility for stock management within the plant area through watering and health control.
  • Great presentation and display of plants and other stock
  • Good housekeeping standards across the department with accurate stock control
  • Delivering excellent customer sales and service
  • Leading a small team of outdoor staff
  • Checking and receiving deliveries of product.
  • Pricing, displaying, and merchandising of product.
  • Developing, motivating and training staff.
  • End of day cash handling and any administration that is required.
  • Opening up and end of day closing of the centre
  • Ensuring all Health and Safety measures are implemented and adhered to within the department.
Candidate Skills 

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Self-motivated to achieve high standards and able to work on their own initiative
  • Practical and hands-on
  • Preferably has several years’ experience working in a Garden Centre environment
  • Has a sound knowledge of Garden Centre retailing
  • Experience of management
  • Enjoys working as part of a team
  • Has excellent communication skills
  • Has an eye for detail
  • Has strong plant knowledge
  • Has a good work ethic, a pleasant attitude and works well with others
  • Able to order products as per seasonal requirements, liaising with suppliers and buyers accordingly
  • Able to merchandise to maximise sales opportunities, promoting stock in key areas as and when required
  • Having a qualification in a horticultural subject would be an advantage
  • Having a qualification in the use of a Fork lift truck would be an advantage
Working Pattern and benefits:
  • Full Time – 4 Weekdays and alternate Weekends (40 hrs per week)
  • 28 days Annual leave
  • Generous store staff discounts

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