Gardener Couple

A unique position has arisen for Gardener and Housekeeper couple to work on a beautiful private estate near Winchester on a permanent and full-time basis. This position is available the beginning of September, allowing for notice periods of the successful candidates. This is a live-in role with a two-bedroom cottage offered to the successful candidates; a small dog is welcome however the accommodation would be unsuitable for children. The ideal couple will enjoy a rural lifestyle and must love dogs.

The property itself is surrounded by expansive views and is set within 117 acres of land (used primarily for livestock and managed by a neighbouring farmer) in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, approximately 8-miles east of the historic city of Winchester.  The garden has been subject to extensive landscaping work over the past few, the 3-4-acre garden offers huge potential for the next phase that the successful candidate will be part of.

Garden features include a flint Ha-ha, terraced lawns, York stone paving, yew hedging, a roomed and walled rose garden with climbers, and an Orangery/garden room.  Existing areas include maturing trees, long grass with mown paths, orchids, and wildflowers in recently sowed meadows. Plans are progressing to establish an intimate cutting garden/kitchen garden for the successful applicant to advance further this year. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a Gardener with good physical fitness and plant knowledge to play a role in enriching the classical nature of the re-established gardens, working alongside one other gardener who lives on site.  The property is in a beautiful location, amongst parkland with far reaching views to the South Downs.  The ideal candidate will hold spray and chainsaw certification and demonstrable gardening experience on private estates and/or horticulturally diverse gardens. Academic horticultural qualifications are desired but are not essential if considerable gardening experience can be demonstrated via previous work and references.  The ability to operate and carry out basic maintenance of garden machinery is essential, as is possession of a full UK driving licence, and preferably your own vehicle.  Basic Arboriculture knowledge will be of benefit to ensure successful development and care of young trees. 

In addition to gardening duties, the new Gardener should be willing to undertake general estate management tasks such as interior and exterior maintenance, the upkeep of the swimming pool and tennis courts, pet sitting when the principals are travelling, driving duties, stocking wood, laying fires for the house, and assisting in the care of a flock of chickens.

In addition to the Gardener the client is looking for a Housekeeper that is an all-rounder, someone who is friendly, dependable, and proactive with an eye for detail who takes pride in their work.  The Housekeeper will ensure the home is kept organised, clean, and tidy to a very high standard. General duties will include keeping on top of the laundry, ironing and fabric care, care of antiques and delicate items, kitchen support, as well as running errands where required. The family also have friendly dogs, so you must be pet friendly and happy to help with their care.   

SALARY:       Combined salary of £50,000 - £55,000 Depending on experience
LOCATION:  Winchester, Hampshire 
JOB No:          EC45863

If this Gardener Couple vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Bevan Andrews on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Site Manager

Our client is an award-winning international design, landscape build and maintenance company, founded and managed by a renowned horticulturist with over 25 years’ experience. From residential garden design to sizeable commercial landscape projects, our client always provides the best design and build possible. Taking pride and joy in creating, building, and maintaining outstanding living spaces that enhance the lives and environments of their clients in a professional, friendly, timely and reliable way. They are now looking for a Site Manager to work on the highest calibre projects with top designers and high net worth clients, producing multi award winning projects to the highest possible standards.

Job Description

As the Site Manager, you will be part of the creation of outstanding living spaces that improve people’s lives and care for the environment while working as part of an exceptional team of experienced and passionate horticulturalists, designers, and foreman. The team is dedicated to constantly enhancing the company reputation, brand and customer satisfaction through exceptionally high standards of work. As Site Manager you will be:

-Developing and maintaining relationships with the team and customers to ensure optimum customer/team satisfaction. Resulting in retention of customers and a motivated team

-Maintaining and updating the work schedules sheet in order to ensure that all work is being completed in a timely manner. Maintaining accurate information on points and time of contact.

-Displays excellent knowledge of on-site procedures and paperwork.

-Managing sub-contractors and reporting, Human Resources, material requisitions, purchase orders, plants, and machinery resources management.

-You will be responsible for the smooth running of garden build projects and planting activities. As a people manager, you will be positive, encouraging and motivating, with a focused, can-do attitude.

Key Responsibilities

-Management or programme schedules, site costs, waste management and removal, material deliveries required for site within supplier lead times and the site programme

-Production of weekly site reports/updates as required. This may involve maintaining a daily photographic log and diary of all ongoing and finished works

-Liaising with suppliers’ logistics for delivery allocations and ordering of labour resource required to execute the works to the programme schedule

-Management of all on-site labour related to the contracted works, maintain branding & PPE to all site staff

-Maintaining a daily written log of works including and issues and changes

-Liaison and communication with clients (or delegates thereof) and scheduling meetings as required.

Candidate Skills

The Site Manager works in the construction department with the Construction Department Manager and under the direction of the Construction Manager. The main role is to oversee and manage the day to day running of a Company Construction site team(s) and be responsible for completing the tasks set by the Construction Manager on a project in relation to time/program and to ensure The Company’s workmanship and behaviour on site is to The Company’s exacting standards.

-Several years’ experience of running construction-based installations

-Experience of managing on-site operatives, and able to motivate a team

-CSCS qualified SMSTS qualified

-Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Project, Word

-Experience in all aspects of landscape and construction within the outside space

-A clear understanding of site protocol and operational requirements on both commercial and domestic projects

-Highly motivated, self-driven individual with excellent attention to detail while working in a fast-paced environment

-Strong verbal & written communication skills Able to work effectively and communicate clearly

-Good time management skills and the ability to multi-task

-High attention to detail finishes

-Full clean driving licence

-Ability to adapt to project changes efficiently and to observe contract and site-specific protocol

If this Site Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 732767 or sophie@horticruitment.com.

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Head Gardener

An opportunity of a Gardener’s lifetime has arisen in Gloucestershire for an ambitious and creative client, on a project that will allow the successful candidate to create their legacy.  This is a long-term collaborative venture between the owner, Chelsea Gold Medallist designer, and the new Head Gardener and Senior Gardener.  There are two potential opportunities on a full-time and permanent basis. One is for a Head Gardener or a deputy Head Gardener with the drive and hunger to become the Head Gardener and the other is for a Senior Gardener to join the team to be a key part of an exciting and extensive garden project development.

With the aim of being ‘the jewel in the Cotswolds crown,’ this garden development project is being spearheaded by a respected garden designer and now needs talented and knowledgeable gardeners. 

The 75-acre parkland estate is of a Capability Brown style in a varied landscape with woodland, a lake, paddocks, and undulating topography throughout.  The main house is undergoing refurbishment and improvement, such that the new owner expects to move into the building in 2023.  The garden/grounds design is complete, with implementation to commence by late summer, preferably with the new Head Gardener in position and ready to play a leading role. 

The Head Gardener’s role will initially involve horticultural input and project management, including that of contractors, whilst liaising with the garden designer and the owner.  Initial work for both the Head Gardener and Senior Gardener will involve some ground-based tree work such as clearing, thinning and planting, restoration of existing hedges and improvement of the formal garden area.  Following implementation of the design, the role will involve management and maintenance of the gardens to include an orchard, numerous trees (including extensive new planting), a rose garden, a 2-acre formal garden, 5-acre wildflower area with bulbs, a 3-acre lake with island planting to commence following dredging and shaping.  The owner has an interest in rewilding, thereby providing an opportunity for implementing sustainable management methodologies on the estate.

Applicants for this role must be physically fit, hands-on Gardeners at a high level. The Head Gardener will have project management/development experience both Head and Senior Gardeners will have experience in a similar setting, i.e., on large country estates with a high diversity of horticulture and landscape features. The management of health and safety considerations in relation to large landscape/garden development projects and associated staff is a requirement.  Strong ornamental plant knowledge is essential, as is an ability to carry out species-specific pruning, soil treatment/management, pest and disease control and the safe operation and basic maintenance of a wide range of garden machinery.  An academic horticultural qualification at RHS level 3 or equivalent/above is desired, as is the ability to operate a chainsaw safely, though the latter will not discount otherwise suitable applicants as training can be provided. 

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a talented and highly experienced Head and / or Senior Gardener to make their mark on a project designed to impress.  The resulting estate will be a legacy for the owner, designer and the new Head Gardener.

SALARY:        Head Gardener £45,000 – 50,000
                        Senior Gardener £35,000 – 40,000
LOCATION:  Gloucestershire
JOB No:          EC37587

If this Head Gardener vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 733510 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk.

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Operations Director

Operations Director required

Job Ref V572

An exciting new opportunity has opened for an Operations Director. The role will have total responsibility for and be accountable for all operational elements and installations within the business.

Experience in a landscape operations management role, managing multiple installation teams and multiple projects is a must.

This role bridges the gap between the sales surveyors who win projects & the onsite installation teams. The key purpose of the role is to provide leadership & support to installation staff.  

It will require exceptional leadership & organisational skills to ensure projects are profitable and run to time. The candidate will be self-motivated, with first class leadership, communication, and coaching skills

Role and Responsibilities:

-Overall responsibility for managing & controlling 5 -10 domestic or school projects per day.

-Ensuring projects are delivered on time, on budget & to agreed specification

-Liaison with clients to resolve issues & manage remedials

-Resourcing and procurement of materials and developing relationships with suppliers

-Line management of the installation teams, developing & implementing training plans. To be managed through fully documented process of objective setting, training plans and annual appraisals

-Responsible for recruitment strategy of installation staff

-Implementing and managing health & safety and quality procedures e.g CDM, RAMs etc

-Resourcing and managing subcontractors, developing strong relationships covering all disciplines within hard landscaping

-Overall responsibility for maintenance of fleet of installation vehicles &installation equipment

-Assisting franchisees with training & support

-Overseeing management of the warehouse and sample cutting operations

-Take an active role within the management team, seeking continuous improvement and leading by example

-Liaison with clients, subcontractors, designers, and other external contractors on site

-Ensuring efficient usage of all company resources

-Research and implement new ways of working to improve efficiency and reduce costs

Required Skills:

-Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role managing multiple installation teams/ multiple installation staff/ operations management role

-Excellent landscape & construction knowledge. Experience in similar sector: hard landscaping, playground contractor. Ideally possess landscaping qualifications

-An effective Team Leader with demonstrable Operation Management experience

-Management experience within a customer facing environment.

-Strong leadership skills and takes ownership.

-Successful improvements in KPI and Operational performance.

-Business & Budget Management.

-Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal & written)

-Financially literate with experience of managing projects and resources in line with budgets.

-High level of organization, and efficient time management

-Knowledge of Health & Safety Compliance.

-Extremely self-motivated and committed to achieving excellent results

-Ability to multi-task and flexibility to re-prioritize 

-Confident IT skills and use of all Microsoft Packages; Excel etc

-High attention to detail with high expectations of a high-end finish

-Determination to deliver a high quality and reliable service with a ‘Right First Time‘ approach.

-Dynamic and able to move with the times within a fast-paced growing company

-Embrace change and technology

-Innovative and forward thinking

-Problem solver with proactive solutions

-Committed and hungry to progress

-Full clean driving licence required.

This is an excellent opportunity for an Operations Director to work on exciting projects with innovative professionals within a successful, opportunity giving company. An excellent salary is provided, depending on experience, ongoing training and development and a laptop & mobile phone is provided.

Hours of work:  40 hours a week

If this Operations Director vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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Operations Manager

Operations Manager required

Job Ref M870

Our client is an ambitious, award-winning soft and hard landscape contractor that specialises in commercial landscape construction and maintenance. Established in 1999, this family business has quickly grown into a multi-million-pound company, with over 300 site operatives, and projects spanning across London, the South of England, and the Midlands.

Throughout this period of growth, they have stayed true to their roots and maintained close client relationships and a hands-on mentality that has developed their trust with suppliers and clients alike. They take pride in bringing stunning designs to life and delivering a top-quality finish working with the biggest names in the business on projects valued between £100k to £10 million.

Job brief

Our client is looking for an Operations Manager to organise and oversee the daily operations of the company. This position is a dynamic, cross-functional role, which includes project planning, workflow management, team leadership, fulfilment, quality control and exploring, developing and key markets for growth.

This role requires exceptional organisational skills and management, to ensure that the business is well-coordinated, efficient, and productive by managing its processes. An in-depth knowledge of pending and active projects is key, including the scope of works, programmes, tender documentation, and contract particulars.

The areas of responsibility for this role are very wide and include the production of contract programmes, monitoring, amending, and updating project operations accordingly. Ensuring that all projects are managed effectively and safely regarding all aspects of health and safety regulations, whilst championing and ensuring compliance of site-specific company policies and procedures.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and background within landscaping, however experience within a similar capacity would be considered. They will be an excellent leader who can discover the most efficient ways to run the business’ operations, ideally with a project management background.

Responsibilities

-Maintain an in-depth knowledge of each of the pending and active projects including, the scope of works, programme, tender documentation, and contract particulars

-Production of contract programmes; monitoring, amending, and updating project operations accordingly and advising of any potential delays to the client team

-Preparation of contract budgets; detailed cost plans; bills of quantities and procurement plans

-Championing of and ensuring compliance with our site-specific company policies and procedures

-Ensuring that all projects are managed effectively and safely to comply with all aspects of the current health and safety regulations

-Responsible for ensuring and maximising profitability of contracts and delivery of works on time.

-Leading the supervisors in presenting and mentoring on the delivery of toolbox talks

-Ensuring that sites are managed in a clean, safe, and tidy manner

-Sourcing of materials, negotiating keen prices and placing orders as required

-Mentoring others in the adherence to the Company’s procedures and quality practices

-Managing the quality of the delivery of the projects to ensure that the good name of and the reputation of the Company is maintained and enhanced

-Promotion of the Company

-Tender for and build up a new arm of the business in key markets for growth

Requirements

-Proven experience as an Operations Manager or equivalent position

-Landscape Qualifications

-Experience managing a team

-Professional in approach with outstanding communication and people skills

-Knowledge of health and safety compliance / ISOH Regulations

-CSCS Card

-SMSTS

-Full Clean UK driving licence

If this Operations Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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Maintenance Manager

Maintenance Manager required

Job Ref L509

Our client is a highly experienced, award-winning landscape design and maintenance company based in West London, which focuses on high-end landscape design and build along with a garden Maintenance Division. The Construction Division has experience in constructing landscapes from the smallest of roof terraces to the most expensive and luxurious of properties. They specialise, in particular, in the implementation of high-quality, bespoke landscape schemes, including bespoke water features, sculptures and intricate stonework. As the demand for maintenance services have increased they now seek a Maintenance Manager to join their team, and to lead this division.

Duties:

We seek an experienced Maintenance Manager, reporting directly to the Director. You will be responsible for the maintenance side of the company, working alongside the Director this varied role will involve coordinating the company’s ongoing & new maintenance contracts. The main responsibility would be to ensure that high-quality garden maintenance and soft landscaping is carried out and delivered to the client’s requirements. As well as undertaking large and small scale planting, turfing and plant procurement. This position will require candidates that have excellent organisation and client liaison skills.

- Up-to-date working knowledge of methods, materials, tools and equipment used in garden maintenance operations with a sound knowledge of horticultural practices (planting, pruning, fertilising, etc), growth characteristics and identification of a wide variety of plants.

- A confident managing staff able to provide a clear direction and inspire those around you, promptly and efficiently addressing personnel issues and training and development needs. Demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and create value not only for self but for others.

- Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment whilst maintaining a positive can-do attitude·

- Good at relationship-building with the management with a strong attention to detail

- Ability to be a problem solver, identify and resolve issues with efficiency and be focus on the overall objectives of the team to continuously improve ·

- Be results-focused, proactively delivering value that will directly lead to the achievement of business results

Personal Characteristics:

Candidates should be experienced and effective Garden Maintenance, with previous experience working on prestigious residential projects. You should have in-depth knowledge of completing reports and contracts as well as tender documents. You should have experience managing budgets and reporting to senior management. You will be able to effectively communicate on all levels and have good IT skills.

If this Maintenance Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com

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Quantity Surveyor/Estimator

Quantity Surveyor/Estimator required

Job Ref D601

Our client offers a comprehensive range of supply and installation services for both hard and soft surfaces for roofs and podiums. This includes the installation of specimen trees and associated supports, aeration and irrigation requirements, installation of specialist planters, gates and railings, permanent fully automated irrigation systems, children’s play equipment and safety surfacing, artificial surfacing such as grass and rubber crumb finishes and of course paving.

They offer valuable assistance and expertise which could save clients time and money, for example in relation to siting and service requirements, planning, and installation methodology.

Job Description:

The position reports into the Commercial Manager and the main Function of job is:

-Price qualified tender enquiries in line with company policy and authority protocols.

-Provide costs for variation items.

-Detail potential value engineering options.

-Ensure bid compliance with CDM and Health and Safety requirements.

-Attend site meetings where necessary.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

(Please note, in addition to the main duties and responsibilities of your job, you may be asked to carry out additional tasks as can reasonably be expected.)

-Provide technical advice and costs for multiple projects from £10k to £1million+.

-Manage the bid process on tender enquiries.

-Produce reports explaining deviations from original estimates / designs / scope.

-Liaise with technical and commercial team to establish product costs.

-Regular communication with commercial manager to estimate installation costs.

-Review actual vs estimated costs to feed information back into future estimates.

-Liaise with clients to understand how bid fits with cost plan.

-Identify and validate potential cost saving initiatives.

  -Mitigate commercial risk by submitting detailed itemised bids.

-Price variation items for ongoing projects.

Tools and Equipment Used:

-Microsoft Office 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel etc.)

-AutoCad

The quantity surveyor / Estimator will have a Minimum 2 years of experience in a sub-contractor estimating role; involved in commercial landscaping contracts, preferably some experience with green roofing.

Aptitude/Skills required:

-Analytical – able to assess information in a variety and formats to derive optimum solutions.

-Numerate – capable of working with numbers to estimate quantities and calculate costs.

-Innovative – creativity to develop solutions that fulfil the technical and commercial brief.

-Technical competence – capability to digest and apply detailed technical information.

-Self-motivated to work on your own initiative and to foresee potential problems and solutions.

-Strong communication and interpersonal skills to deal with colleagues, clients, and other   stakeholders.

The working week is split between the office, home working and site visits. The hours are 8:30am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am - 4:00pm Friday with half an hour for lunch. The salary is depending on experience and the holiday entitlement is 25 days per annum (3 or 4 to be taken at Christmas).

If this Quantity Surveyor/Estimator vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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Production Manager

Production Manager required

Job Ref G318

A busy online plant nursery based in the South West is looking to appoint an experienced commercial grower as its Production Manager on a full time and permanent basis.

The Production Manager will be part of the company’s management team, working closely with the directors and other line managers so a commercial approach to the business requirements of online plant nursery is necessary. This is not a passive role responding to instructions; the Production Manager is expected to take an active part, within the management group. This includes generating new ideas, having input into which are to be pursued and then helping execute whatever plan is decided upon.

The right candidate will need the following skills:

-Good experience and training in protected growing (polytunnels), soft (and top) fruit, hardy nursery stock.

-Management of horticultural crops from seed (sweet peas, cosmos, herbs), perennials and hardy’s.

-Experienced cuttings propagator.

-Experience and knowledge of growing potted plants and nursery stock.

-Ability and understanding of the importance of maintaining records on the growing operation.

-Prepared and able to train and supervise subordinate personnel in greenhouse operations and in the proper horticultural methods and techniques of growing.

Synchronised crop delivery and crop management is key, as is managing crop growing programmes. The successful candidate will have a scientific understanding of plant health and culture and experience of commercial nursery/growing. Constantly seeking to improve efficiencies, lower costs and improve quality new product recommendations.

Required: driving license, PA1 and PA6 Certified, professional horticultural experience as a commercial grower, horticultural certificates/education.

If this Production Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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Commercial Quantity Surveyor

Commercial Quantity Surveyor required

Job Ref R023

For more than 30 years, our client has been delivering high quality soft landscaping services to property developers across Southern England. The team of landscaping professionals excel in all aspects of delivering best in class soft landscaping for many of the country’s largest property developers. By managing projects with the skill and experience their clients have come to expect, on time delivery is at the heart of the business. They take pride in the presentation of the development and never loses sight of the objective; to present developments people want to call home. The client understands they have two customers to satisfy; the developer and the home buyer, which is why open communication channels for the duration of each project is vital.

An excellent opportunity has become available for a Quantity Surveyor ideally with a horticultural background. The position is key to the company’s future development and success, in delivering successful outcomes to all stakeholders on their growing portfolio of customers. The salary will be based on experience and the senior candidate will play a role in management on the leadership team. The successful applicant will engage with clients, build relationships with suppliers and carry out estimating and tendering accurately.

The successful person will be highly organized, ambitious to be involved in helping lead the growth of the business, strong in customer service, have a keen commercial acumen and an eye for detail. They need to be able to support projects from pre-contract to final account. The client is open to part remote working with 2 – 3 days based at the office.

Job Description:

-Liaise with the business development manager, account manager, production manager and operations.

-Building value added relationships with clients, suppliers and sub-contractors.

-Perform take off from plans for tender purposes.

-Work with the Account Manager and Business Development Manager to carry out pre and post tender/pricing negotiations to take a bid to contract status

-Maintain contract documentation and cost controls on pre-tender and post contract matters.

-Price and prepare written quotations, tenders and variations and orders for supplier and sub contractors.

-Prepare and issue contracts to clients and/or sub-contractors.

-Establish and work with a broad range of suppliers to ensure the best price for materials.  

-Ensure the company continues to improve process’s, operations and communications by, where required, suggesting new process and procedure.

-Preparation and submission of interim valuations, statements and contracts updates to customers

-Management and valuing of variations

-Completing hand over meetings with Production Manager once contracts are agreed.

-Agreement and certification of sub-contractors interim valuations and final accounts

-Preparation, submission and agreement of final account for customers

-Ongoing project reporting and reconciliation to ensure on budget completion of contracts.

-Supply regular analysis and reports as required and suggest improvements to procedures.

Key Skills:

-Is self-motivated and ambitious with a pro-active approach with experience of working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines, with a minimum level of supervision.

-Is a problem solver, is collaborative with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

-Has a highly organised, planned and systematic approach.

-Has an understanding of contractual formation and various methods of measurement

-Can manage numerous activities across a number of projects simultaneously.

-Has an outgoing personality, is keen to deal directly with clients and possesses an acute commercial acumen

-Has a full clean driving license

-Has an ability to add value to the role and is motivational and interested in being part of a leadership team that will develop a positive and enthusiastic culture to the wider business

If this Commercial Quantity Surveyor vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or sara@horticruitment.com.

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Experienced Landscape Estimator

Experienced Landscape Estimator required

Job Ref J174A

Our client is an award winning privately owned regional landscape business specialising in all aspects of commercial landscaping. Their contracts are typically on large public, commercial, industrial, and housing sites geographically spread throughout South Wales and South West England. They do not generally undertake any domestic garden contracts for private individuals. Our clients landscape construction contracts are typically associated with new commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, housing and associated infrastructure and roads etc., or they involve carrying out environmental improvements to established town centres, residential or industrial areas. In addition to maintaining schemes that they have put in place they also have grounds maintenance teams that are responsible for maintaining a large number of established commercial, retail and residential properties that range from small, sheltered housing complexes for elderly persons through to housing estates exceeding 400 units. The sports projects are often associated with schools or public parks.

The Role:

The Estimator role involves working with an assistant and in liaison with the directors and contracts management staff. Being responsible for compiling formal tenders/quotations for new works, which usually requires putting together a schedule of works, taking information from drawings/specifications that have been provided to the client. Our client uses estimating software which is widely used within the construction industry, but our clients software has been heavily customised to suit their needs as a specialist construction subcontractor.

Job Description:

The successful applicant will also need to have good literacy, and computer skills as you will be required to use the full suite of Microsoft Office software. You will also need to be able to demonstrate the following key skills:

-Very good attention to detail as you will be required to create detailed schedules of work using information taken from drawings and so to ensure that quotations are accurate and compiled in accordance with the clients requirements, the drawings and associated information provided must be interpreted accurately

-The ability to work to tight deadlines and to co-ordinate the efforts of the assistant to ensure that deadlines are met

-Excellent communication and negotiation skills and the ability to liaise with clients, suppliers, subcontractors and staff within the organisation at all levels

-Excellent technical knowledge in both hard and ideally soft landscaping although the specialist software will provide you with comprehensive library information to assist you with pricing up soft landscape works

-A strong commercial awareness

Key Skills:

Key tasks with support from your Estimating Assistant will include:

-Ensuring that management are aware of opportunities for new projects that are advertised on-line for example through the Sell2Wales portal

-Undertaking pre-tender site inspections and on occasions attending pre-tender and pre-contract interviews

-Ensuring that all tender/quotation enquiries are entered upon receipt onto the database and that all information provided is saved to the IT system.

-Printing off drawings, specifications and other such information from e-mail enquiries.

-Taking information from drawings, (including measuring/calculating areas with specialist software) and specifications and using this information to create a Schedule of Works where a Schedule of Works/Bill of Quantities has not been provided.

-Contacting suppliers and specialist subcontractors to obtain quotations as necessary and completing supplier/subcontractor price comparisons using MS Excel.

-Compiling our tender/quotation using the estimating software and applying mark-up etc. after reviewing the current commercial considerations with the directors.

-Maintaining our estimating software library with up-to-date information.

-Following up on tenders/quotations that have submitted to establish who the successful main contractor is and where possible, to gain some feedback as to which areas of a quotation that were least competitive on when the tender/quotation is unsuccessful for future reference.

You will also be expected to contribute to the wider management of the business through regular informal discussion sessions and participation at quarterly staff meetings and through undertaking staff appraisals with the assistant.

If this Experienced Landscape Estimator vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Ruth Bolam on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Experienced Landscape Estimator 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 Experienced Landscape Estimator vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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