Garden Centre Bedding Plant Buyer

England, Essex
£18000.00 - £25000.00 per annum
16 Jul 2018
15 Aug 2018
Dianne Saunders
Purchasing Jobs
Full Time
Contract Type

Our client is recruiting for a Bedding Plant Buyer. They are pretty passionate about plants and sourcing the best seasonal bedding and veg they can find for their customers. They are not looking for an average Plant Buyer - they want someone that shares the passion and excitement that they have for everything they do in the Garden Centre.
Have you got what it takes?!?
Right now they are looking to add to their outstanding Plant Buying team and are on the hunt for a really talented Bedding Plant Buyer to join the Garden Centre.

What you will be doing in this job?

In this role, you'll be working closely with the seasonal bedding plants from counting existing stock, negotiating the best cost prices with suppliers, responsible for placing orders through to seeing in the deliveries and checking the quality of the plants from the suppliers.
You'll be on the shop floor too, helping to display the plants you have bought in our client's beautiful seasonal bedding department. What more could a plant lover wish for?!?
You'll have overall responsibility for ensuring continuous improvement in cost, variety and interest.
You'll work closely with the existing, experienced management team that will help you and train you up to be an amazing buyer.
As well as the management team, you'll be working closely with our clinet's dedicated employees to ensure they are supplied with super high quality bedding plants to be displayed and retailed in the area.
It's critical that their suppliers and growers truly understand and adhere to the exacting standards we require when they work with us and if it's not good enough it will your job to tell them!
As a negotiating whizz, you'll be the "go to" person for getting the best deals and promoting the Garden Centre as a showcase so that suppliers want to offer them their exciting new plants and products.
You'll need to have an eye for detail as you need to be able to spot and manage any discrepancies between orders and confirmations and find the best ways to resolve them.
The role will also include shop floor work such as watering, bringing stock from the nursery to the shop floor, displaying stock and helping customers.
Obviously, you will be expected to stick to safety and uniform standards! This will include wearing safety footwear and uniform that will be provided for you!


What can you bring to the role?
We're looking for someone with an exceptional plant buying record on a commercial scale.
If you've been going through the motions of working for a corporate plant retailer with no say in what you think the business should be buying then now's the time to make that change and work in a family run business with a great deal of autonomy (for the right candidate!)
We're also keen to hire someone with strong analytical, problem solving and communication skills.

To prove to me that you're the person we're looking for you'll need to have some excellent examples from the job specification below:

Previous experience as a plant buyer on a large scale.
Accountable for plant quality, negotiating with suppliers and growers.
Exceptional organisational skills with plants and staff alike!
Experience dealing with different and conflicting priorities is an absolute must!
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills - there is a lot of number crunching involved in this role, so you'll need to be comfortable manipulating and analysing data on our clients systems, including Excel.
An ability to understand complex and sometimes confusing situations and make it simple - you must be able to find your way through sometimes baffling situations and come up with an answer that makes sense to everyone involved!
Tenacious in the face of obstacles and ultimately, all about getting quality plants to the shop floor that customers simply have to buy!
Always searching for ways to be better both in your performance and in processes.
You must be a fast learner - you'll need to hit the ground running (or catch up very quickly!) otherwise the role won't be for you!
Flexibility and commitment - you'll need to roll up your sleeves and actually get your hands dirty as part of the Buying team and we'll expect you to approach every task with the same enthusiasm.

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