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South Downs Nurseries

South Downs Nurseries and Garden Centre, based in Hassocks, is our largest centre. From our nurseries here, we grow many of the plants we sell in our garden centres.  Our plant area is one of the largest in Sussex and is supported by a dedicated team of plant experts. Here you will find a large choice of indoor and outdoor living and gift ranges to inspire you. The Malvern Show Village showcases the most comprehensive range of quality garden buildings available in the U.K.

Description:

We are looking for someone to join our small but busy team, working within the South Downs Heritage Centre. As a ‘multi-skilled’ member of the team, you will be trained on all day-to-day tasks so that you can provide cover in all areas as required.

This varied role covers our deli counter, coffee pod, retail food and art/gift sales plus cash out operation. You will be responsible for providing the highest standard of customer service, dealing with customers in a courteous, efficient and cheerful manner at all times.

Prerequisites 

Previous experience in retail or customer service is preferred for this role. Full training on all aspects of this role will be provided.

Duration

30 hours a week with alternate working weekends.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for someone to join our team, working in our gift and home department.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring stock is out on display, merchandised to a high standard with the correct point of sale materials.
  • Maintaining a high level of customer service through friendly ‘meet and greet’, good knowledge of your stock and dealing with customers in a courteous, efficient and cheerful manner.
  • Dealing with customer enquiries to achieve customer satisfaction at all times, immediately referring any unresolved issues to your line manager.
  • Achieving full knowledge of the products and sales offers in your department.
  • Keeping your line manager updated on stock requirements, overstock, stock shortages and customer requests.

Prerequisites 

Previous experience in a retail environment is preferred for this role. Basic computer skills to access our epos systems, create & print point of sale material are required for this role.

Duration

Full time with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for some cashiers to join us on a seasonal contract from March to cover our busy Spring and Summer season. You will be responsible for accurate till operation, serving customers in a cheerful manner and providing excellent customer service at all times. There may be an opportunity to extend your seasonal contract.

Prerequisites 

Previous experience in a retail role is preferred, but full training will be provided.

Duration

Various shifts available but this role includes some weekend work.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for someone to join our head office buying team, based at South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks.
In this role, you will be responsible for the maintenance of the Company product database, production of reports and returns, order analysis and production.
General Responsibilities
• Sales and product data analysis to highlight slow moving and excess stocks.

• Investigating and correcting anomalies in stock setup and ordering.

• Production & analysis of stock and sales reports.

• Assisting with ranging and the production of orders.

• Assisting Group buyers as required.

• Product database maintenance.

• Assisting with the production of Point of Sale.

• General office administration.

Prerequisites 

You will need excellent analytical, literacy and numeracy skills with good computer competency and a good working knowledge of excel spreadsheets.

Duration

Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for someone to join our team, working in our busy outdoor sundries department. This department includes composts, garden pots, paving & landscaping supplies as well as small storage sheds and garden features such as statues, arches and arbours.
You will be responsible for:

– Ensuring stock is out on display, merchandised to a high standard with the correct point of sale materials.

– The safe storage of any overstock.

– Maintaining a high level of customer service through friendly ‘meet and greet’, good knowledge of your stock and dealing with customers in a courteous, efficient and cheerful manner.

– Dealing with customer enquiries to achieve customer satisfaction at all times. immediately referring any unresolved issues to your line manager.

– Achieving full knowledge of the products and sales offers in your department.

– Keeping your line manager updated on stock requirements, overstock, stock shortages and customer requests.

Prerequisites 

Previous experience in a retail environment is preferred for this role. Basic computer skills to access our epos systems, respond to emails and create & print point of sale material are required for this role. This is a physical role that includes heavy lifting so a good level of fitness is required. A forklift licence is required for this role, but training can be arranged if you don’t currently hold one.

Duration

Full time with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for someone to join our team at South Downs Nurseries, working in our indoor garden sundries department. This role involves merchandising of stock, creating POS and providing a high standard of customer service at all times. Some heavy lifting will be required.

Prerequisites

Previous experience in a retail environment if preferred for this role. The successful applicant will have a good eye for detail and be able to work as part of a team.

Duration

Full time with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for someone to join our team at South Downs Nurseries. You will be responsible for cleaning all areas of the garden centre, including our customer toilets, in line with our daily and weekly checklists.

Prerequisites

Previous experience working as a cleaner is preferred, but full training will be provided.

Duration

Full time with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

This is a temporary contract for the Spring & Summer season until October 2024, with the possibility of extending depending on booking levels. Working as part of the housekeeping team, you will deliver the highest standard of cleaning to prepare our 5* holiday accommodation ready for the next guest arrival.

Prerequisites

Previous cleaning experience is preferred for this role, but full training will be provided. A good attention to detail is essential. This is a physically demanding role so a good level of fitness is required.

Duration

Every Friday 10-3pm plus some Mondays as required.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for a Department Manager for our small but busy nursery based at South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks.

You will be required to:

  • Coordinate the production plan of plants grown on the nursery.
  • Manage a small team, while minimising production and labour costs and maintaining high quality standards.
  • Oversee the day to day nursery operations. Organisation of workload. Potting and general plant care. Stock control.
  • Crop protection. Monitoring pest control. Maintenance of nursery facilities and equipment.
  • Coordinate the induction, training and coaching of the nursery team.
  • Liaising with garden centres for collating and supplying of plants. Inspect and clean plants ready for despatch.
  • Assist in the general maintenance of the plant nursery.
  • Ensure the plant nursery meets all health and safety regulations.

Prerequisites

Expert horticultural knowledge and experience working with plants is essential for this role. The successful applicant must hold PA1 and PA6 qualifications.

Duration

Full time with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are seeking a Horticultural Manager with expert horticultural knowledge and management experience. You will be overseeing our retail plants business at Hassocks and managing your team to maintain excellent standards and customer service. You will be working closely with our group buyer for stock planning and communicating with own wholesale nursery and other growers to acquire stock and maximise sales and profit. You will need to show excellent commercial awareness and understanding of profitability from driving retail sales while controlling stock levels and other costs. You will be managing, coaching and training at all levels to ensure your team are maintaining the highest quality plants for sale and delivering a first-class customer service. Tates Garden Centres are a long established family run business in Sussex with a friendly and enjoyable working environment. Assistance to relocate to the area or Company accommodation is available.

Prerequisites

Previous experience in a similar role is essential.

Duration

Full time with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Old Barn Garden Centre

Old Barn Garden Centre and Nursery became part of the Tate family business in 2018 and has since been completely redeveloped into a destination garden centre with a 200 seater restaurant and coffee shop. Our Garden and Lifestyle shop provides inspiration for your home and garden and sources many unusual items to create an individual style and elegance. Because we grow our own plants, you will always find friendly knowledgeable staff on hand to help at our extensive nursery. You will also find a wide range of garden buildings, hot tubs and conservatories from our specialist concession partners.

Description:

We are looking for a coffee shop assistant to work in our busy coffee shop and restaurant.

Duties will include:
Full training will be provided.

Duration

Part time, with alternate weekend working.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for a full time cook to work in our busy kitchen. This role will include preparing and cooking meals to company recipes and standards.

Duties will include:
Previous kitchen experience is essential for this role.

Duration

Full time, with alternate weekend working.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for a Goods In Assistant to work in our busy warehouses.

Duties will include:
This role includes booking in deliveries, preparing and despatching inter-branch transfers, accepting and unloading deliveries from vehicles and ensuring the safe and proper storage of stock in our warehouses.

Duration

Full time, Monday to Friday

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for an outdoor sundries assistant.
Duties will include:
Assisting customers, merchandising of stock including statues, pots, compost and landscaping as well as general maintenance and housekeeping of the outdoor sundries area. Some heavy lifting will be involved.
Prerequisites
Full training will be provided.

Duration

Full time with alternate weekends.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for someone to join our Outdoor Leisure team at Old Barn Garden Centre.
Duties will include:
You will be part of the sales team for furniture, barbecues and garden machinery. This role also includes assembling items, customer service & after care as well as merchandising stock.
Prerequisites
We are looking for someone with great communication and customer service skills. Previous experience in a retail environment is preferred for this role. Full product training will be provided.

Duration

Part time (3 Days) with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for a Plant Area Assistant to work in our plant department. This will include plant maintenance and care and also advising customers.

Prerequisites

Full training will be provided.

Duration

Full Time with alternate weekend working rota.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Mayberry Garden Centre

As a city-based garden centre, Mayberry Garden Centre offers an excellent range of our most popular gardening and plant products, alongside unique gift and lifestyle ranges. Here, you will also find a selection of our best-selling garden buildings on display.

Description:

We are looking for a friendly Coffee Shop Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate will ensure a warm welcome to all customers, provide quick and efficient service, maintain cleanliness by clearing and cleaning tables, and assist in the kitchen as needed.

Duties will include:

No experience necessary as full training will be given.

Duration

Part time / alternate weekends.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Paradise Park Garden Centre

Paradise Park Garden Centre, based in Newhaven, opened its doors to the public in 1989. At Paradise Park, you will discover a large plant area and a knowledgeable team of friendly staff who are able to help you find everything you need for your home and garden.Alongside the large garden centre, you will find some of the finest gardens in Sussex, with several small lakes, waterfalls, fountains and plant houses.

Description:

We are looking for an experienced cake maker to produce our range of quality cakes and traybakes. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic and able to consistently produce quality bakes in volume to approved recipes. 16 hours per week over 3 days.

Duties will include:
Previous experience is essential for this role.

Duration

Part time. 16 hours per week over 3 days.

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

Description:

We are looking for a full time cook to work in our busy kitchen. This role will include preparing and cooking meals to company recipes and standards.

Duties will include:
Previous experience is essential for this role.

Duration

Part Time – Alternate Weekends Only

Further Details: Thank you for taking the time to complete an application form online. We will contact you if you are shortlisted for an interview.

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