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Senior External Gardening Manager

Horizon Search & Selection
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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We are seeking a Senior External Gardening Manager to join our client based near Thetford, Norfolk on a full-time, permanent basis. This person will make up the team of 3 Senior Managers in the business, working under the Owner and General Manager, and helping drive forward high standards, business growth and profitability.

The position involves working six days one week, and four days the following week including one full weekend. Full details of work hours can be found further down in this advert...

The Company

Our client is an independent retail destination who have a hard-working, yet supportive family-feel to their business. They have a buzzing store, renowned for its great service but particularly for its impressive product offerings, and services that sets them apart from other garden centres in East Anglia.

They are a driven organisation with high standards and have exciting plans in the works for business development and expansion.

The Job

The Senior External Gardening Manager is responsible for the strategic development, sales, purchasing and operational running of the outdoor plants and gardening offering which makes up 12%-13% of our client's turnover. This person will need to take people management, their day-to-day workload, and the bigger picture into their stride with confidence and enthusiasm. They will also be responsible for ensuring environmental and sustainable standards are maintained and seeking ways in which the company can do better where environmental impact and overall sustainability are concerned.

There is a team of six direct reports, including a Manager who has been within the company for twenty years and has a wealth of knowledge to tap into.

A primary challenge within this job will be to find ways to enhance the department's profitability and increase turn over whilst ensuring standards are maintained and both short- and long-term business objectives are considered.

The Person

This busy and demanding role requires a friendly, dedicated Manager who wants to be part of a great, 'family feel' team. Our client has an exciting future ahead of them and need the right Senior Managers in place to help them execute their plans for future growth and development.

As well as strong retail operational management experience, a proven and extensive horticulture background is essential to be considered for this role.

Suitable candidates will ideally come from a garden centre or nursery background and understand the nature of selling plants and gardening supplies in a B2C setting.

Despite the role being a Senior level position, it is essential that this recruit is a hands-on Manager and has a strong team spirit, who wouldn't ask their team to do anything they themselves wouldn't be comfortable doing. Leading by example, this person will be happy working on strategic development plans but also sweeping up dead leaves, helping customers, watering plants and everything else the role entails!

If you're reading this and think you meet many of the requirements, if not all, then we'd love to hear from you. You can find out how to apply below...

Hours / Days of Work

Working an average of 42 hours per week over a two-week period consisting of a 6-day week and a 4 day week and every other weekend.

How to Apply

Please apply to Kate Howes through our website or alternatively, via CV Library.

We aim to respond with specific feedback to every applicant via email within 3 working days. However, as we are small two-person independent agency, if we are extremely busy this may take longer so, please allow up to 5 working days for us to reply to you. If you would like feedback sooner then feel free to contact us via email and we will come back to you ASAP.


Please note that all applications and enquiries are treated in the strictest of confidence. As part of our GDPR compliance, your CV and contact details will not be held by us for longer than 30 days unless written consent to do so is requested and obtained. Your CV and contact details will never be shared by us with a 3rd party unless specific consent has been obtained to do so. For more information on our privacy policies and how we comply to the GDPR then please visit our website and click on our privacy policy at the bottom of the page.

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