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Plant Centre Manager

Walworth Garden
Walworth Garden, London SE17 3BN
Salary: £25,000 - £27,000 pro rata dependent on experience
Closing date
13 Feb 2022
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Hours: Part-time 28 hours per week (some weekends, early mornings, and evenings) We are a growing charity and success in this role could lead to a full time position.

Salary: £25,000 - £27,000 pro rata dependent on experience

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

This role would suit a passionate plants person with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Walworth Garden is a charity dedicated to knowledge and nurture. Our mission is to improve lives by providing excellent learning and horticultural therapy through a garden that is open to all. 

Walworth Garden is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Charity is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees.  Our main charitable work includes horticultural training and horticultural therapy for those in need. 

We also provide services that individuals or other organisations pay for in order to generate surplus income to support our charitable work.

Purpose of the Role

To be responsible for all elements of Walworth Garden’s Plant Centre (open seven days a week). To liaise with the CEO and lead on initiatives that maximise revenue generation whilst adhering to the Garden’s ethos. To manage a team of Garden Supervisors and volunteers so that the centre functions at its best in all seasons. To move the centre towards an increasingly sustainable system of operation.

The Garden is a small organisation and employees are expected to be reasonably flexible so that the evolving needs of all stakeholders are met.

Individual responsibilities

  • Lead on propagation - focusing on specimens that will further and promote WG’s ethos of plants for the discerning gardener

  • Champion sales, increasing sales year on year leading to trading sustainability.

  • Lead on online sales, capitalising on social media as a growing sales platform and our online shop and delivery service.

  • Lead on stock control, ordering, innovation, and waste reduction

  • Lead on disease and pest control, adhering to and innovating organic principles in the process

  • Lead on the use and maintenance of propagation facilities, setting standards of operation that can be replicated and delegated easily

  • To ensure the Garden is appropriately staffed and is open seven days a week

  • Give knowledgeable advice to visitors about plants in the garden and for sale

  • Competently represent Walworth Garden and promote the work of the Charity and the Company

  • Be our friendly, recognisable and helpful face at our busiest times of the week

  • Oversee the administration of various workshops run at the Garden, ensuring attendees are welcomed, signed-in and catered for

  • To work with the Head Gardener so that Plant Centre staff and volunteers contribute effectively to the maintenance of the Garden and grounds.

  • Liaise with the Education Manager and Head Gardener to instruct, empower and monitor the work of volunteers to ensure they are contributing positively to the overall vision of the Garden

  • Ensure the safety and security of our property, volunteers and visitors

  • Maintain, with guidance, our community garden, building and plant centre 

  • Lead on stock orders (plants, pots, compost etc) and organise the delivery, unpacking, naming, logging and pricing accordingly

  • Ensure the facility is left in an acceptable state at the end of each day

Please see the full details of the postholder’s responsibilities in the job description linked below.

To Apply:

Please see the Job Description for further details about the role, as well as the full person specification.

If you think this is the job for you, please email your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are the right person to take on this opportunity, to by 9am on Monday 14 February. Each document should be no more than 2 A4 pages each.

For a confidential chat about the role, please call Oli on 020 7582 2652.

We particularly welcome applications from those identifying with groups currently under-represented within horticulture.

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