Farm Shop Supplier Liaison, Leckford Estate

Job Type Agriculture
Retail Operations
Selling - Non Management
Region South East England
Location Leckford
Preferred Hours Full Time
Partnership Level
Closing Date 19/1/2019
Vacancy Type
Salary £19,500 - £25,300
Salary Frequency per annum
Hours of Work
39 hours per week on a rota basis including alternate weekends.

Earliest start: 08:00
Latest finish: 18:00

Duties & Responsibilities

--- About Leckford ---
We are a 4,000-acre estate near Stockbridge, Hampshire. The estate was purchased in 1929 by John Spedan Lewis, founder of the John Lewis Partnership, and we have been farming it now for nearly 90 years. We are the Waitrose Farm and the only UK retailer owned farm. Our produce is supplied to Waitrose stores across the country. The estate is diverse and our commercial businesses span property, food production, farming, retail and leisure activities.

The Longstock Farm Shop and Cafe are located at Longstock Park Nursery, where we have run a specialist plant nursery since 1958. The site is now the main visitor centre for Leckford estate. The Estate Farm Shop sells over 1,000 items of fresh produce from local and regional partners and our own farm produce, including rapeseed oil, milk, sparkling wine, apple juice, chestnut mushrooms, cider, flour, apples and pears. We have daily deliveries of fresh bread from Bertinet of Bath and Marshalls and we make our own tasty selection of cakes on site.

We have built long standing relationships with over 60 suppliers from the Hampshire area and this contributes directly to supporting both the local and regional food economy for the Estate Farm. We have developed and improved our Farm Shop, and increasing our range of exciting local giftware, arts and crafts; to showcase products across the Test Valley and surrounding area.

The Farm Shop is tucked away in Longstock, in a quiet, secluded rural location providing a perfect place to a stop off for refreshments; giving customers the option to relax and enjoy the view.

This role is working as part of our Farm Shop, you'll be there to establish and maintain commercial relationships with local and regional farm shop suppliers, working with and ensuring that they adhere to Waitrose & Partners policies and procedures.

Job Requirements

The role suits someone who is well organised, enjoys working on their own initiative and develops improvements to their processes and ways of working. Should be self-motivated with the ability to work quickly and accurately without supervision.
• Responsible for arrangement and attendance at supplier meetings
• Product and ranging decisions alongside Farm Shop Manager
• Development of Longstock Park label products
• Visiting local competitors and trade shows to make contacts/ see ideas of improvements

Required essential experience skills and qualifications

- Full Clean driving license
- Proven experience in food led hospitality
- Demonstrates an ability to manage a busy workload and proactively prioritise areas
- Team orientated
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Required desirable experience skills and qualifications

- GCSE passes including English and Maths
- Computer literacy

Please consider the following when making your application:
- We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early
- Print off the job description now if you require it
- Ensure you have an up-to-date CV

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