Nursery Grower Technical Manager

West Sussex
18 Aug 2017
17 Sep 2017
Dianne Saunders
Full Time
Contract Type

Based in West Sussex this leading Ornamental Plant Nursery are looking for an enthusiastic person who can work on their own and as part of a wider management team as their Technical Growing Manager. The nurseries have the reputation as high quality innovative businesses growing container garden plants for retail sale in Garden Centres and Multiples across the UK, with a combined production total circa 5 million pots, total growing area in excess of 25 acres - glasshouses, polythene tunnels, and outdoor production.They are looking for someone who can pay excellent attention to detail, is self-driven, able to question their own actions and learn from their own and others experiences.

The Role

As Technical Manager you must contribute positively to developing and improving staff and be directly accountable to the joint Managing Director of the nursery businesses.
You will have overall decision-making authority on Crop Protection matters.
You will benefit from attending events, training days and conferences and working within a team including growing departments across the nurseries (Propagation, Plant Breeding, Trials and Crop Growing).
Liaise with external consultants who provide regular crop walks and advice.
Also be part of group committees and working groups including external organisations such as the AHDB, APHA and the HTA.

Other key performance areas include managing workloads using bespoke/off-shelf decision support
software and databases; setting and reviewing cost budgets; health, safety and security; working with internal departments on accreditation and assurance schemes, e.g. BOPP and LEAF. You must also maintain and develop relevant qualifications e.g. BASIS, FACTS, PA1&6 , first aid.

The Candidate

For this role they are looking for someone who has previous experience within the commercial growing sector and ideally you will be educated to degree level and hold BASIS and FACTS qualifications combined with a proven track record in senior management.

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