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The following positions are currently available:


Deputy Farm Shop Manager

Full-Time, Permanent

About the Business

In August this year Gates opened a large, traditional Farm Shop, which has proved to be very popular. We are now looking for a driven individual who can build on this initial success and develop it further. We are:

  • One of the largest independent destination garden centres in the UK
  • Established for over 70 years
  • Over 10,500sqm of retail and leisure space
  • Excellent reputation for quality and exceptional service
  • Based in an idyllic rural location on the Rutland/Leicestershire border
  • An independent, family run business, where you can make a real difference

The role

This is a wide ranging, hands-on retail management role, including:

  • Full product range development, including building supplier relationships
  • Buying, stock control/rotation and waste management
  • Budgets and reporting
  • Day to day operations including building excellent product knowledge and assisting and engaging with customers
  • Taking personal pride in the appearance of the shop; merchandising products in order to gain maximum engagement from customers and build sales
  • Organising, inspiring and developing the team, instilling your own values and passion for great customer service and including team rotas and staff training

The candidate

To be successful in this role you must have:

  • A proven track record in food retail management
  • Be targets and results driven with strong sales skills
  • The ability to work efficiently and accurately towards deadlines
  • A highly organised self-starter who thrives under pressure
  • A team player, energetic, enthusiastic and dynamic
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A real enthusiasm for food quality and provenance
  • A passion to deliver exceptional levels of customer service
  • Professional and well-presented

What’s on offer?

 This is a daytime role (0800-1800), working 5 days from 7 on a rota basis

  • An excellent opportunity to join a growing business
  • Competitive salary dependent on experience and benefits

Application

Please send your CV and covering letter for the immediate attention of:
Jack Gates, Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham LE15 7QB


Retail Assistants – Farm Shop

Full-Time and Part-Time, Permanent

Gates Garden Centre is seeking Retail Assistants for its new Farm Shop. Successful applicants will receive a competitive salary, working either full-time or part-time, including either Saturday or Sunday each week.

We offer great value to our customers on a wide range of speciality food goods. We support this with a focus on delivering ‘old fashioned’, genuine and friendly customer service.

Our Retail Assistants are very important as they represent Gates when they serve many hundreds of customers every week. This is an important responsibility and comes with a high degree of trust.

The role:

  • Serving customers quickly, efficiently and in a friendly manner
  • Ensuring customers have the best shopping experience, both in the shop and at the checkout
  • Excellent product knowledge in order to advise and answer customer queries
  • Caring for stock (rotation is key) to ensure customers leave with food in perfect condition
  • Handling deliveries
  • Keeping the shop in great shape and looking its best at all times
  • You will be expected to cover occasional other shifts when colleagues are absent on annual leave.

About you:

  • You will have previous customer service and/or shop/till experience
  • A flexible team player, who is energetic, enthusiastic and dynamic
  • Excellent customer service skills and a friendly personality
  • Professional, responsible and well-presented

For more information please contact Bernice on 01664 454309.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


Customer Support Assistant 

Part-Time, Alternate Weekends

We are looking for highly motivated, engaging people with a keen awareness of customer service to join our Customer Support Team.

The position involves working in and outdoors, mainly doing physical work such as:

  • assisting customers with their purchases and dealing with enquiries about products on sale
  • collecting and repositioning baskets and trolleys
  • sweeping and tidying around the site
  • assisting customers with heavy items and bags of compost
  • promoting and merchandising products and sale items
  • moving stock and displays

An interest in gardening would be an advantage. Full training and uniform will be provided.

For more information please contact John Peirano on 01664 454309.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


Deputy Catering Manager

Full-Time, permanent, daytime only – no split shifts

We are currently looking for an established manager to support the Catering Manager in the running of the 360-cover Garden Restaurant and 120-cover Courtyard Coffee Shop.

Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Catering Manager in the efficient management of The Garden Restaurant and Courtyard Coffee Shop, including kitchen and front of house teams.
  • To help manage, motivate and develop a team of up to 65 staff to deliver a high standard of food preparation, service and customer care.
  • Plan and review menus in consultation with the Catering Manager and Chefs.
  • Ensure all food is prepared to a high standard as per company policy and current legislation.
  • Deliver an outstanding service to customers at all times.
  • Implement and maintain the statutory and company standards of hygiene, health and safety and take any action as necessary.
  • Assist in ordering supplies, managing stock and controlling wastage.
  • Manage staffing including rotas, holidays and absences, ensuring adequate cover at all times.
  • Help with the hiring and training of new staff.

About You:

  • Extensive hands-on front and back of house experience in a high quality busy restaurant/catering environment.
  • A hands-on manager looking for the next step in your career, with exceptionally high standards of service and food presentation, willing to operate at the forefront of service.
  • Experience in a high volume operation.
  • Staff management, recruitment and training experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills to co-ordinate with the kitchen and front of house teams.
  • Fully conversant with food hygiene regulations, relevant Health and Safety legislation and have appropriate qualifications.
  • A keen eye for cost-control, budgeting, profitability and efficiency.
  • Experience of purchasing and stock control.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Good computer skills covering email, Word and Excel.
  • Previous experience as a chef is not necessary, but you must have a passion for food.

Hours:

  • Full Time, 5 days out of 7.
  • As the restaurant is open only during Garden Centre hours, there is no requirement to work evenings or split shifts.
  • Due to the nature of the business, the successful candidate will need to have a flexible approach to working hours, especially weekends and Bank Holidays, as these are our busiest times.

Salary: A rewarding salary package commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Pension, staff discount, subsidised meals, free parking.

For more information please contact:
Mark Barbour, Catering Manager
Phone: 01664 454309
Email: restaurant@gatesgardencentre.co.uk

Applicants should apply in writing, including current CV, notice period and salary expectations, to:
Mark Barbour, Catering Manager
Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB


Restaurant Assistants

Part-time, Permanent (16-32 hours per week)

We currently have vacancies for part-time Restaurant Assistants, working 16-32 hours per week, including weekends.

With excellent customer service skills, you should be professional and well presented and able to communicate clearly with people at all levels. You should be a self-motivated team player able to work unsupervised in a busy and fast paced environment.

Applicants should be able to offer a flexible approach to working days and times.

For further enquiries please phone 01664 452837 and ask to speak to Mark.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


Restaurant Assistants

Seasonal Weekend Staff (8 hours per day)

Want to earn some extra money before Christmas? We have vacancies for seasonal weekend staff, working in our restaurants up until Christmas – approximately 8 hours per day. Roles include waiting and till staff.

With excellent customer service skills, you should be professional and well presented and able to communicate clearly with people at all levels. You should be a self-motivated team player able to work unsupervised in a busy and fast paced environment.

Applicants should be able to offer a flexible approach to working days and times.

For further enquiries please phone 01664 452837 and ask to speak to Mark.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


Cook

Full-time, Permanent

We currently have a vacancy for a full-time cook in our Garden Restaurant, working 40-48 hours per week, to include one weekend day. No evenings or split shifts. Closed Christmas day and Boxing Day.

As a member of our kitchen team, you will be responsible for ensuring all food and associated products are prepared, cooked, served and presented to our high standards. With excellent customer service skills, you should also be professional, well presented and able to communicate clearly with people at all levels. You should be a self-motivated team player able to work unsupervised in a busy and fast paced environment.

Applicants should be able to offer a flexible approach to working days and times and be available to work during School/College holiday periods and Bank Holidays.

Salary: £8.25 to £9.75 per hour, depending on experience.

For further information please phone 01664 452837 and ask to speak to Mark.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


Baker

Part-time, Permanent

We currently have a vacancy for a part-time Baker in our Garden Restaurant, working 3 days per week, Monday to Wednesday. Hours approximately 8am to 3pm (7-8 hours per day).

A minimum of two years experience in a relevant position is essential, as you will be responsible for baking a range of cakes, breads and pastries for our restaurant, coffee shop and new farm shop.

Applicants should be able to offer a flexible approach to working days and times and be available to work during School/College holiday periods and Bank Holidays.

As a member of our kitchen team, you will be responsible for ensuring all food and associated products are prepared, cooked, served and presented to our high standards. With excellent customer service skills, you should also be professional, well presented and able to communicate clearly with people at all levels. You should be a self-motivated team player able to work unsupervised in a busy and fast paced environment.

For further information please phone 01664 452837 and ask to speak to Mark.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


Christmas Department – Sales Assistants

Full-time and Part-time, Temporary

We currently have vacancies for full-time and part-time Sales Assistants in our Christmas Department, working a minimum of 16 hours per week, to include one weekend day.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a friendly personality with excellent customer service skills
  • be professional and well-presented
  • have an ability to work well as part of a team

For further enquiries please phone 01664 454309 and ask for Jayne.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


HOW TO APPLY

For more information regarding positions currently available at Gates Garden Centre,
please call in and ask at the tills or telephone us on 01664 454309.

To apply for any available position, please print and complete the Employment Application Form.

Once completed please post to:

GATES GARDEN CENTRE

Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB

Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB

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