Job Opportunities

The following positions are currently available:

Farm Shop Manager

Full-Time, Permanent

Gates Garden Centre has opened a brand new, large-scale, state-of-the-art farm shop, alongside its already successful destination home and garden centre. We are now looking for an experienced manager to run all aspects of the farm shop operation. This is a unique opportunity for a highly motivated retail manager to become involved right at the start of this exciting new business venture. You will be keen to take on responsibility and ownership in the running of the business; managing the day to day operation, sourcing and buying the full product range and will have a significant impact on the future success of the business.

Gates is one of the largest independent destination garden centres in the UK, established over 70 years ago and continually growing and developing in response to customer demand and market trends. Gates Farm Shop focuses on offering the finest locally sourced produce, complemented by the best from national and international producers, as well as meat supplied from our own farm.

The role:

  • Wide ranging retail management role
  • Product range development
  • Buying, stock control/rotation and waste management
  • Day to day operations management
  • Budgets and reporting
  • Recruitment
  • Team rotas
  • Staff training

The candidate:

  • Previous food retail experience is essential
  • Sales targets and results driven
  • Highly organised and reliable
  • Team player, energetic, enthusiastic and dynamic
  • Passionate about food quality and provenance
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Professional and well-presented

Salary dependent upon experience.

For more information please contact Jack on 01664 454309.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Jack Gates at Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham LE15 7QB.

Sales Assistant – Outdoor Living / Christmas Department

Full-Time, Permanent

Gates is a large garden and lifestyle shopping destination on the Rutland/Leicestershire border, offering over 120,000ft² of retail shopping, leisure and restaurants. We currently have a vacancy for a full-time Sales Assistant for our Seasonal Department. This is an interesting and varied role, focusing on Outdoor Living in the spring/summer and Christmas in the winter months.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have relevant experience of working in a retail environment
  • have a friendly personality with an ability to engage easily and connect with our customers
  • be able to recognise and act upon sales opportunities
  • have an ability to work well as part of a team

Applicants must also be professional and well-presented and have excellent customer service skills.

The successful applicant will be required to work 5 days per week including either Saturday or Sunday.

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

To apply please complete and return the Employment Application Form below.

Deputy Catering Manager

Full-Time, Permanent

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.


  • 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.


  • 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 on 01664 454309.

To apply please complete and return the Employment Application Form below.


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:


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

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