Gardens and Grounds Manager

Job Type Rural Estate Enterprises
Location Stockbridge - Leckford Estate
Partnership Level 8
Closing Date 09/12/2023
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £34,400.00 - £48,880.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work Various Full Time Hours Required

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We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.

Our Purpose

Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

At a glance

The budgeted salary range for this role is set at £40,000 - £42,000

Contract - Permanent 

The role is located on the Leckford Estate, the Waitrose & Partners Farm, in the Test Valley, Hampshire. 

About the role

As the Gardens & Grounds Manager you will be responsible for approx 120 acres of grounds and all the Leckford Estate amenity tree stock. There are many key features: Arboretum, Kitchen Garden, Glass houses and the world-famous Longstock Park Water Garden.

Some of your key responsibilities include:

  • Adherence to all legal requirements and Partnership governance (environment, health & safety).  Early adoption of emerging new requirements

  • Formulation and onward management of the Leckford Amenity tree stock policies, procedures and activity.  Ensuring legal and environmental compliance.

  • Lead and manage the Water Garden Visit business, developing the offer & ensuring  delivery of maximum income streams, whilst creating a positive customer experience.

  • Ensure Horticultural standards are at the agreed level.

  • Support Partnership & Estate events throughout the year. 

  • Respond to severe weather events, managing a safe and effective response to situations as they arise, ensuring the continued critical operation of Estate departments.

Essential skills you will need

  • Minimum Level 4 Amenity Horticultural qualification

  • Full driving licence including trailer towing entitlement 

  • Basic Tree inspection Certificate

  • Extensive experience managing a significant garden, open to the public.

  • Contractor Management

  • Arboricultural Management 

  • Experience leading a team

  • Excellent Plant Knowledge

Benefits of the Partnership and the role 

  • You will enjoy 25% discount at John Lewis and 20% in Waitrose 

  • The Partnership has a competitive pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay)

  • Excellent work life balance, including focus on well being and flexible working and our marketing leading equal parenthood leave Policy

Find out more about the extensive range of exciting benefits that you could enjoy when you join us on our website under About the Partnership; Benefits. 

Next Steps 

  • The application form consists of a CV upload followed by application questions. Please ensure you refresh the page each time you complete a task to ensure you complete everything that you need to in time. (If internal, check your Workday notifications and see further guidance on the PDW under "Internal application process").

  • You'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you. 

  • Thanks for your patience in the meantime and for showing an interest in joining JLP. 

Internal Partner can view a copy of the full job outline here:

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At the John Lewis Partnership, we embrace our differences. We want you to be you. Because, well, we know you're at your best when you're free to be yourself. Being a truly inclusive employer to us means creating an environment which celebrates your contribution, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion or belief. It's why we've set our own aim to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners (employees) and our customers. We firmly believe that our future success lies in diversity of thought from all Partners and it's integral in our mission to build a happier world. We welcome applications from everyone interested in working for us. And, once you're a Partner, your differences will make all the difference. Find out more about D&I in the Partnership here -

Attachment: Gardens-Grounds-Department-Manager-Leckford-Estate-Job-Outline.pdf

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