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Plant Area Manager

DATE POSTED: 22 May 2023

Plant Area Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for the right person to lead our Plant Area Team working with the area supervisor and Team members to increase sales, deliver outstanding customer service and to ensure the department is fully stocked and wonderfully presented.

This is a full-time permanent position based on a 40-hour week over 5 days in a great out of town location.

Applicants will have excellent plant and plant care knowledge and will either have previously held a Management or Supervisory position within the horticulture sector. They will be friendly, outgoing and enjoy working with the public as well as being physically fit as the position will involve working outside in all weathers looking after and displaying the stock. Excellent spoken & written English are essential.

Ransoms is a family run business set in the beautiful Parish of St Martin that offers.

  • a great working environment
  • competitive salary
  • monthly bonus
  • health scheme
  • staff discount
  • free on-site parking.

E-mail your CV with covering letter to Quoting PLANT MANAGER in the subject line.


To manage the plant area ensuring it achieves its sales budget and provides an exceptional level of customer service to our customers. Managing the department’s staff, allocating tasks and training when required. To assist customers in their purchasing requirements for plants, pots, other garden accessories and garden buildings following up on customer enquires as required. To work with the rest of the Team in making sure the plant stock is well maintained and the plant and landscape area is always kept tidy and well presented. To order stock within buying guidelines or for customer orders ensuring the right level of product is available at all times. To assist in checking off arriving deliveries and carrying out stock takes when required.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Staff Supervision – To manage the department’s staff, allocating jobs and following up on these to ensure they are being done correctly and in a timely manner. To work with and train staff in the correct way of doing things. Managing the care of stock (including watering, pruning etc.) and the maintenance of the plant area.
  • Customer Service – To greet and approach all customers entering the plant area to offer assistance with choosing the correct item for their requirements. To ensure customers are aware of any relevant offers and accessories available. Recording and following up on customer enquires or orders using our contact management systems.
  • Presentation – To participate in creating visual displays, moving stock and fixtures around to highlight seasonal products and offers. To ensure all items are correctly and clearly priced. Ensure the Plant Area and stock is kept adequately watered, well maintained, and is clean, tidy, and beautifully presented at all times.
  • Stock Buying & Management – To work with the Director on placing pre-season reservations and agreeing ranges and stock holding requirements. To place weekly orders for stock ensuring correct ordering procedures are adhered to. To check off incoming deliveries to ensure the correct stock has been received and to replenish the benches and displays. To carry out regular stock counts to maintain stock accuracy.

Skills and knowledge Required.

  • Excellent knowledge and interest in plants and gardening.
  • Confident about approaching and talking to customers.
  • Ideally would have some retail experience but this is not essential.
  • Highly focused on providing great Customer Service 
  • Numerate & accurate.
  • Computer Literate (basic)

Benefits Include

  • Attractive Salary.
  • Inclusion in our monthly Revenue Share Bonus Scheme.
  • Free Health Care Plan Membership.
  • 20 days holiday increasing to 25 with length of service.
  • Staff discount within the Garden Centre, Tearooms & Potting Shed.
  • Free on-site parking
  • Friendly family run business

About Ransoms

Ransom Garden Centre is a family business, in the heart of leafy St. Martin, established in 1966 by David and Janet Ransom. The business has grown significantly over the years and is now run by Katherine and Rebecca Ransom. 

We employ approximately 60 in the Garden Centre with an additional 25 in the Restaurant and The Potting Shed Gift Shop. 

Over the last 55 years the business has evolved significantly into a gardening and lifestyle destination retailer, and we are very proud of our knowledgeable team who continue to offer islanders exciting, quality product and great service.

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