Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer required

Job Ref U580

Our client is looking for an exceptional and experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) designate with a proven track record of delivering success through an effective and ambitious business strategy that optimizes the Company’s on-going growth and profitability.

In addition, the ideal candidate will, working in association with the senior management team, assume responsibility for the identification and development of new markets, the continuous research and development of new products and the on-going investment by the Company in innovative and efficient new technologies, processes and machinery.

The COO designate will have full responsibility for the development and oversight of team initiatives, and help make robust and informed, corporate decisions that elevate the company’s financial and operational performance. As a senior leader within the business, the International COO designate will foster a positive, inspiring, and collaborative work environment that empowers employees to actively work toward clearly defined companywide strategic goals.

Objectives of this role:

  • Develop profitable international sales in existing and new markets.
  • Be the key representative of the Board and Company in communicating seeding important decisions to shareholders, other business stakeholders, customers and suppliers.
  • Manage the company’s overall development and ensure that general operations run seamlessly as employees accomplish clearly defined goals.
  • Make strategic and financial decisions that determine and deliver the Company’s approved long term strategic goals.
  • Create and monitor budgets, resources, and procedures by working with the Company’s cross-functional senior management team.
  • Create a positive company culture through strong, inspirational leadership.
  • Deliver and engender delivering excellent customer service throughout the Company’s operations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, execute, and assess critical business strategies that will drive the Company’s growth and profitability.
  • Collaborate with other executives, managers, and employees to identify meaningful solutions across all aspects of the business.
  • Principal responsibility to drive the sales and marketing function across the key markets of UK, Europe and North America.
  • Undertake regular travel principally to Europe and North America for customer visits (circa 10 trips to Europe/2 trips North America annually).
  • Serve as a main resource for managers in finance, production, Health & Safety, and HR operations.
  • Constantly review and adapt all important company procedures and policies by collaborating with all relevant staff and assessing current external best practice and industry trends.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills and effective decision-maker.
  • Possess a strong customer focus ethos.
  • Demonstrable track record of success within a manufacturing business of driving Sales & Marketing functions including social media.
  • Proven success as a senior executive managing departmental teams.
  • Expert understanding of corporate finance, imports/exports and business management.
  • Strong knowledge of financial, technical, and economic concepts.

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Relevant certification in business, sales and marketing or equivalent experience in senior corporate management.
  • Collaborative skills for establishing and fostering positive working relationships at all levels.
  • Familiarity with the manufacturing sector and the Seed Industry together with its regulatory environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and accomplish business objectives.
  • Project management skills for the identification and delivery of bespoke capital investment.
  • Language skills – ideally French, German and/or Italian.

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Chief Operating Officer 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 Chief Operating Officer vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Gardener Couple

A delightful opportunity for an experienced gardener or gardening couple to work for a stunning private estate near Ripley in Surrey. The property is grade II listed, set within a shooting estate.

The established large garden comprises herbaceous borders, 2 mixed shrub and herbaceous gardens, arboretum, green houses, large kitchen and fruit garden that provides the house with fruit and vegetables, lawn and woodland.

Applicants would need to have experience in all or some aspects of the following: planting, pruning, lawn care, planting, propagating, growing vegetables, as well as general garden maintenance including weeding, strimming and hedge cutting. Strong plant knowledge is important.

The successful applicant will be passionate about their work, responsible, willing to learn and open for feedback. He / She will have the ability to work with little supervision and maintain a high level of performance, be dynamic and have the ability to problem solve with autonomy.

Practical experience with a full range of garden machinery is desired, as well as one of the gardeners holding a full driving licence is essential.

The working week is 40-hours per week, Monday to Friday with occasional weekend work on rota basis consisting of watering, dog caring and security duties. The position provides a beautiful newly built two-bedroom cottage onsite, with an outdoor area and all bills included. Regrettably no pets of their own. Generous salary depending on experience.

SALARY:        £70,000 combined salary
LOCATION:   Surrey
JOB No:         EC59764

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

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Head of Gardens

This is an EXCLUSIVE VACANCY to English Country Gardeners. Head of Gardens required.

A fantastic new opportunity has become available for an academically qualified and experienced Head of Gardens on an incredible Edwardian estate with stunning views near Chepstow, Wales.  Using the original structure of the Edwardian Garden, over the past 5 years the gardens have been significantly renovated and re-designed by the award-winning garden designer, Arne Maynard. As the gardens continue to progress and the team continues to grow, the Head of Gardeners will oversee these incredible gardens and lead the team to ensure the continued development and maintenance to a consistently high standard.

This impressive estate has been divided into different properties and the newly designed two-acre garden will incorporate the original structure of the Edwardian Garden as created at the beginning of the 1900’s. That is to bring the historical garden back to its former glory, in a sensitive interpretation the original vision, but at the same time create a garden of today which reflects the owners tastes and particular garden passions’.

The garden consists of a terrace that wraps around the house with clipped enkianthus in pots with borders planted primarily with irises, a very large pergola garden supporting wisteria and roses with a surrounding rose garden encircling a formal pond planted with water lilies.  The formal garden enclosures on either side of the pergola were planted with hyacinths and tulips. Below the terrace wall are deep herbaceous borders where the plants reach up and almost mingle with the ones above. The mood borders were created to change over the seasons from the excitement of the spring bulbs to the main show of mid-summer roses and iris, mixed with geraniums nepetas, digitalis, and salvias, with a wonderful last peak of flowers for late summer and many of which will hold on to seed heads over the winter.

The owners visited Belgium to select four massive topiary yews clipped like wedding cakes to make an impact as one descends the steps from the terrace. Large copper beech topiary was set alongside the roses and provide structure and scale, with cloud topiary providing variation of form and a contemporary edge.  To the east of the formal bowling lawn an avenue of magnolia was planted with a beautiful art installation. An informal meadow of long grass planted with a collection of cherry trees and spring bulbs provide a natural feel and a soft backdrop to the formal portions of the garden.

The rock garden was an integral part of the original plan providing a diverse and stimulating focal point when viewed from the sunny south-facing aspect of the house and therefore carefully restored and improved. Utilising the quarried ground, it provided a setting for alpines. The original pools were repaired and linked to waterfalls providing a base for puddlestone rocks, moss, specimen trees and a variety of Japanese Maple. The area adjacent to the rock garden has been planted with a variety of wild Cherry. This area plays a significant role in maintaining the historic and established feel of the property.

There are further plans for the creation of a frame yard with wooden glasshouse, potting shed and cart shed, for a cutting garden and orchard. The forecourt will be developed to include bolder plantings to give a more dramatic entrance to the house. Gardens are about evolution and this garden will be a continuous and exciting journey.

As expected from a garden designed by Arne Maynard and his team, applicants for this position must possess extensive experience in hands-on garden management at a high level. Suitable candidates will hold academic horticultural qualifications, preferably at RHS Level 3 or above, extensive knowledge of plants and their seasonal management and should have a strong background in private estate gardening at Head Gardener level.  Applicants must be physically fit and must be competent in the operation and basic maintenance of a full range of garden machinery.

The successful applicant will initially have a team of 5 and have additional help with items such as topiary clipping at certain times of the year as well as from specialist contractors, i.e. arboricultural specialists where necessary, but must be able and willing to work efficiently on their own for the majority of the time.

SALARY:  £80,000 DOE

LOCATION:  Chepstow, Wales

JOB No:  EC55990

If this Head of Gardens vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sara Yassin on 01233 732767 or info@englishcountrygardeners.co.uk

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Head of Gardens 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 Head of Gardens vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Head of Gardens

An incredible and rare opportunity has become available for a highly skilled and experienced Head of Gardens based Guernsey, Channel Islands. The position is full time, permanent and comes with a competitive salary and relocation package.

The owners have four stunning properties in Guernsey and are looking for a Head of Gardens who is confident to lead the development, maintenance and has the flair and knowledge to maximise the beauty standing within the gardens and grounds.

The principal estate extends to over 18 acres and has two properties onsite with two different style gardens. The Prime Residence contains a South African specimen garden, lawns and other planted borders, woodland, 2 wildflower meadows and a smaller meadow, boundary hedging throughout and Guernsey bank hedging, newly planted orchard of heritage mixed fruit and a new orchard of cider apples to be planted autumn 2023, for production of premium apple brandy. An extensive bulb planting programme is in place to be carried out over the next two years. There currently is a lead gardener and 2 gardeners working on site. The other house onsite is a farmhouse with a vegetable garden, greenhouse and orchid house, fruit cage, small pond, trained fruit, traditional borders, raised beds, lawns and specimen trees.

The second property has extensive gardens including Japanese garden, carp pond, classic circular fountain pond, Italian garden and English garden, vegetable garden with two gardeners managing the site. The third property is a large garden on three levels, laid to lawn and borders and the responsibility is currently shared between the gardeners on the first two sites. The fourth property is made up of 17.5 acres and contains parkland, ponds and formal terrace. The ornamental garden is currently being re-designed, and the gardens are maintained by a lead gardener and assistant gardener.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified Horticulturalist with a demonstrable experience as a Head Gardener, Gardens Manager or Head of Gardens, supported by evidence of the innovative development and implementation of programs of work and long-term garden planning. They will ideally hold a horticultural qualification, level 3 or above. An eye for enhancing and developing gardens, good verbal communication skills and a positive attitude are essential.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Head of Gardens to create a lasting legacy developing and maintaining four incredible private properties including progressively raising standards with effective maintenance of all gardens.

SALARY:  £70,000 per annum plus £10,000 relocation package
LOCATION:  Guernsey, Channel Islands
JOB No:  EC41965

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

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Head of Gardens 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 Head of Gardens vacancy will have been unsuccessful.

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Analyst

Analyst required

In this unique role, you will play a key role in building the client supply side of this ecommerce company along with reporting into the CEO you will help identify the highest quality supply partners (across growing, manufacturing, garden centres etc.). You will need to be able to analyse partner and category stock performance to identify strategies to support overall trade in the business.

Due to the confidential nature of this role, please contact Ruth Bolam for more information on 01233 732767 or ruth@horticruitment.com.


Nursery Production Manager

Nursery Production Manager required

Job Ref P141

My client is a large and very established plant nursery located in Norway, with 30,000m2 of modern greenhouse areas. The nursery produces large numbers of high-quality potted roses in spring and summer, but have unrealised potential for late summer, autumn and winter production. The company are looking to capitalise on these unused areas and it is the company’s desire to have the new Production Manager play a leading role.  Applications are sought from experienced Production Managers as well as General Nursery Managers, as the potential exists for the successful candidate to step up to the General Manager position in due course.

The experienced Production Manager will be required to develop production in the period from July to March and contribute to rose production in Spring and Summer, as well as to manage this side of the business on a full-time basis.  Responsibilities will include planning and execution of plant production, management and maintenance of technical facilities and the operation of greenhouse climate control systems.

Suitable candidates will hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or similar, and must have competency in greenhouse management, propagation and insect/disease control as well as being competency in mechanical maintenance.  Strong horticultural and floricultural knowledge is essential as is demonstrable knowledge of relevant plant pests and diseases.  Applicants must have held certification and official training in the use of plant pesticides, must be self-directed and able to work efficiently and effectively under limited supervision.  Applicants must have excellent English or Norwegian language skills, both spoken and written.

Applicants with staff management experience are encouraged to apply, though those without will also be considered on merit.  The company are offering a generous salary in line with the successful candidate’s experience, as well as the option for accommodation if needed.  The stated salary is negotiable for applicants with Nursery General Manager experience.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a successful and established nursery in a beautiful part of the world, on a permanent full-time basis.  The successful candidate will potentially have the opportunity to develop new product lines and cultures, as well as the reward for ensuring the nursery realises its full potential.

If this Nursery Production Manager vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Mark Read on 01233 732767 or mark.read@horticruitment.com.

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

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Sales Representatives - L726

A medium size manufacturer of growing media and supplier of gardening products is currently seeking Sales Representatives across England to carve out a territory in their location.

Do you have previous field sales experience in this category?

Are you confident to reach and exceed sales targets?

Would you relish the challenge in taking the business to the next level?

Key points

  • To adopt and grow an existing portfolio of clients
  • Source new leads and generate new business
  • Meet clients and negotiate sales orders
  • Represent the company at trade shows and events

Must haves

  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills
  • A confident and professional manner
  • A proven track record in reaching sales targets

If this position is of interest please apply or contact Pauline Thomas on 01233 732767 or pauline@horticruitment.com

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