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Garden Maintenance Manager Wanted

Posted: 22-02-2019
Place: Kingston, London

Urban Meadows is an established and growing landscape design, construction and maintenance business, based in London. We have several teams building and maintaining gardens and outside spaces for high-end residential clients in South West London.
Our existing Maintenance Manager is off to explore some open spaces in Australia for the foreseeable future, so we are looking to recruit a full-time Garden Maintenance Manager. You will manage a team of 2 gardeners, as well as rolling your sleeves up and doing some Garden Maintenance yourself on a daily basis. You will work closely with the Company Director to ensure an excellent standard of maintenance of client gardens and outside spaces.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to be part of a high-end, contemporary and design-conscious landscaping company. You will gain valuable experience, working in unique, high specification private gardens in London. The ideal candidate will be experienced and qualified in garden maintenance / horticulture. They will also be honest, self-motivated, reliable, and have a friendly yet professional approach with clients.
Only seriously committed applicants need apply.
Role and Responsibilities
Job Profile: Garden Maintenance Manager
Full-time
Office Location: Kingston upon Thames, South West London
Report to: Barry Thomas, Director
Responsibilities:
- Effective management of the garden maintenance diary, to ensure clients and gardeners know of visits in advance.
- Garden maintenance
- Working alongside, leading and coordinating our team of 2 gardeners at any one time
- Ensure the maintenance teams have the appropriate tools and materials for each job they are attending.
- Grow the garden maintenance business, increasing the number of teams in operation throughout the year and the number of regular maintenance clients.
- Responsible for the accurate recording of materials and plants purchased and tools hired etc. To allow for the accurate invoicing to clients.
- Keep in regular contact with existing clients, to build trusting relationships and to discuss their garden maintenance requirements, responding appropriately to any queries – so they always feel valued.
- Meet with new or prospective clients and follow-up with a client maintenance schedule and T and Cs.
- Working as part of a team, communicating regularly with the Company Director and Office Manager, to ensure Garden Maintenance runs on time and to budget.
- Ensuring Health and Safety compliance within the garden maintenance teams.
Essential Attributes:
- A positive ‘can-do’ attitude – willing to go the extra mile.
- A proven background in horticulture and Garden Maintenance.
- A self-starter – with a strong business development mind-set.
- Methodical – excellent at organisation, planning-ahead and project management.
- Assertive
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Discerning eye for detail and design
- Good physical fitness and prepared to work in all weather conditions
- Comfortable working alone as well as part of a team.
- Ability to build relationships and to gain the respect and trust of clients, suppliers and colleagues.
- A full, clean UK driving license is required and experience of driving in Central London would be beneficial.
Starting salary commensurate with experience.

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