Horticulture Project and Enterprise Manager


Tooting, London
£30,346 pa + 3% pension

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.sharecommunity.org.uk hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 25th February 2019   4 days left

About us

At Share, we’re passionate about supporting disabled people to set their own goals for learning and life, and helping them to achieve their aspirations. The majority of our students are people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We also work with people with long term mental health needs or physical disabilities. We offer a range of training, employment, personal development, and leisure opportunities, and our horticulture programme, set within a beautiful walled garden in Tooting, has been a popular project for over 20 years. Our horticulture training is fully accredited, and leads to nationally recognised qualifications. We’re an Investor in People, and we hold the National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation quality mark.

As well as being a training project, we’re a social business, operating Share Nurseries, which sells plants and craft items and is set to grow over the next few years.

The role

Growing Share Nurseries will provide real work opportunities and experience to our students, which may either help them move in to paid or voluntary work, or at the very least contribute towards them making progress on their Outcome Star through increasing their self esteem, confidence and sense of accomplishment. In order to do this, we need a first rate Manager who has significant experience in project and people management, preferably in horticulture. This could be through business or social enterprise. You may have managed a gardening business, a garden centre, or you may be a passionate gardener who has diverse business and management experience. You’ll need to be able to shape and drive the business, whilst being sensitive to the needs and abilities of the workforce i.e. our students with learning disabilities and autism who are working towards horticulture qualifications.

Who we are looking for

If you’re a mature and resilient self-starter who’s passionate about developing people’s potential, has a flare for business, loves everything to do with the world of gardening, is up for a challenge, and thrives on leading and developing a team, we want to hear from you.

Main Responsibilities

  • To lead the development of Share’s Horticulture project, managing and guiding the Senior Trainer and Assessor, overseeing the management of volunteers and other Horticulture staff as required
  • To develop Share’s social business – Share Nurseries – so that it becomes the focus for work experience for our students, delivers excellent produce to environmentally sustainable standards, and serves to link Share with the wider community. More information on Share Nurseries can be found here.
  • To be responsible for maintaining a beautiful and welcoming garden to our students, customers and visitors.
  • To develop a strong work ethic within the garden project, so that every student has a work-related role and everyone is involved in at least one project area. This will involve being hands on with the delivery of our services.
  • To develop operational plans for our training and enterprise programmes and to ensure that targets are met within agreed timeframes, with input from the Head of Training
  • To proactively ensure that equipment and facilities are maintained and to plan for new equipment and/or repairs when they’re needed.
  • To manage the financial aspects of Share Nurseries, including cash and card payments, budget monitoring, and financial reporting.
  • To manage the stock within Share Nurseries and to ensure that everything sold meets industry standards.
  • To foster strong relationships with local environmental groups, including Transition Town Tooting and local allotment societies, and to be the face of Share Nurseries.
  • To liaise closely with the SW London and St George’s Mental Health Trust and the developers who are currently creating a new village on the hospital site, so as to ensure that Share’s best interests are protected, and from 2020, to coordinate the move of Share Gardening to a neighbouring site on the campus.
  • To ensure adherence to all policies within Share with respect to students and junior staff on the project. To be responsible for the overall Health, Safety and Welfare at work on the site.
  • To work closely with the Communications Manager to help organise Share events at the garden such as garden parties, corporate events and open days.
  • To support the development of funding bids and tenders as required.
  • To work as part of a team. This includes working closely with the Wellbeing Manager, Head of Training, and Senior Management Team.
  • To attend and participate in regular staff meetings and any other meetings as required by the organisation. 
  • To undertake any other tasks that may be reasonably required by the organisation

For full details and the Person Specification please visit our website.

How to apply:

Please complete our application form and equal opportunities form. Please return both by Monday 25th February 2019 at 10am to hradmin@sharecommunity.org.uk. Interviews will take place on Monday 4th March 2019.

If you would like to have chat about the role or visit our garden in Tooting prior to applying, please contact Leanne Wood on leannew@sharecommunity.org.uk or on 0207 801 9825.

We focus on ability and believe people work best when they feel valued, safe and happy. We do all that we can to make sure that Share is friendly and welcoming to everyone.

This job is subject to two satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, an enhanced DBS check and providing evidence of right to work in the UK. If you have a disability and would like to discuss other ways of submitting your application, please call Leanne on 0207 801 9825.

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