Plant Area Manager

From Swarkestone Nursery

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Plant Area Manager required

Job Ref ADV518

About us:

Swarkestone Nursery is a proudly independent, family-run Plant Nursery and Garden Centre, with over five generations of growing history, based in South Derbyshire. We are regarded as one of the largest retail nurseries in Derbyshire.

We specialise in bedding plants, produced on site by our skilled plants-people.

Our plant area is home to a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs, and we are looking to expand in size over the next few years.

The ideal Plant Area Manager will: 
  • Have a minimum two years’ experience of working in garden centres, although we are open to talking to candidates from any horticultural background.
  • Have an enthusiastic personality with an ability to easily engage with and connect with our customers.
  • Have a creative and entrepreneurial attitude towards plant retailing.
  • Have excellent knowledge of plants, plant care and maintenance.
  • Be able to recognise and act on sales opportunities.
  • Be meticulous to the detail in terms of product placement, standards, presentation, visual elevation and overall look and feel.
  • Have an ability to manage and develop a team.
Duties Involved:
  • Ordering plant stock from various suppliers, so knowing what plants look their best in particular months is key.
  • Inputting this data onto our CSY Vector EPOS till system. Training can be provided.
  • Making labels using in-house software, and other POS items. Training can be provided.
  • Giving great customer service through expert plant knowledge.
  • Maintaining good quality plant stock by watering, feeding, weeding, pruning, dead-heading etc.
  • Keeping the shrub area tidy and well merchandised.
  • Maintaining a strong and up-to-date horticultural knowledge.
  • Supervising a small team
  • Rate of pay is negotiable, depending on experience
  • NEST Pension Scheme
  • 28 days paid holiday allowance
  • Generous employee discount throughout the garden centre and restaurant
  • Free on-site parking
  • 5-days a week (Including either Saturday or Sunday) 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Competitive salary dependent on previous experience, starting from £30,000 per annum.
Next steps

If you believe you are the right candidate to join our lovely team please visit our store with a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are the right candidate for the role, and ask to speak to Pete (General Manager) or John (Managing Director). It might be worth calling in advance to check their availability. If this is not suitable, we will also accept CVs by email to

We look forward to hearing from you!


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