Senior Horticulture Buyer | Romsey | Salary: Competitive

  • Full Time
  • Hampshire

Website Hillier Nurseries

Hillier has been growing and selling the very best quality plants for more than 155 years

Hillier Nurseries Ltd; a family business, has been growing for over 150 years and is passionate about a lot of things. At our core, we care most about our planet, our people, and our future. Evidenced by our Planet Mark certification.
We remain a family business to this day and continue to stay true to our horticultural roots, championing the creation of green living spaces. Inspiring every generation to embrace the natural world is our mission, and as we succeed in this, our business and family are growing.
You will join the business at an exciting stage in its growth as several new centres and significant redevelopments are maximised and we broaden our product offering to become a true leisure destination.
This role is being offered on a permanent, full-time basis of 37.5 hours a week and will be based at our headquarters in Ampfield, Hampshire.
What we offer

  • Competitive salary (based on experience)
  • Car allowance.
  • Health insurance.
  • Enhanced Group Pension Scheme.
  • Life Assurance.
  • 31days annual leave (including bank holidays).
  • 20% staff discount
  • Enhanced Employee Assistance Programme for both you and your immediate family, including free counselling on health, financial, legal and personal/family matters.
  • Company Christmas gifts (eligibility based on start date with Company).
  • Free access to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey and deals at other gardens nationally.

This pivotal role is key to the success of Hillier, holding responsibility for both retail sales as well as planning what we grow on our own nursery.
The role:

  • Nursery production and range planning – working with our Head of Nurseries to ensure that the range grown on our own nursery optimises the return for the overall company.
  • Stock flow – ensuring that stock planned from our nurseries and partners flows to the centres, whilst taking account of space limitations at both our centres and our nursery.
  • Supplier management – ensuring that we receive the very best commercial terms, quality, and availability. Making Hillier the ‘must supply’ retailer.
  • Conduct regular market research to stay updated on industry trends, pricing, and new product availability.
  • Stakeholder management – building strong relationships with other head office and operational teams to ensure the execution of your ranges meet a consistently high standard across the business.
  • Efficiently follow critical paths for POS, customer communications, and events ensuring 100% accuracy and delivery enhancing the customer journey and maximising sales.
  • Manage stock, retails, promotions, and range to ensure maximum profitability whilst minimising wastage. Through excellent planning and inflight management, budgeted profit and sales are always achieved.
  • Ensure the Hillier portfolio is delivered in an ethical, sustainable, and legal way in the sourcing of product ranges, aligned to the overall business strategy.
  • Analyse and evaluate overall performance against the original strategy and identify lessons to learn for future business cycles.
  • The role involves both office and nursery work environments, with travel to meet with suppliers and attend industry events.

To succeed in this role you will be creative, energetic, a strategic thinker and a strong team player. You will be passionate about product and have a clear vision of how your ranges and products will appeal to our customers, whilst ensuring our offer is truly unique.

  • Excellent planning skills.
  • Agility – ensuring we make the most out of every day, ensuring profits are maximised by balancing the trade-off between sales action and write off.
  • In depth knowledge of horticulture with a keen interest in new varieties and trends.
  • Experience of working in a similar role for a multi-site retailer.
  • Experience in managing a diverse portfolio of suppliers and products.
  • Excellent organisational and efficient working practices with strong attention to detail.
  • Fantastic verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office.
  • Able to manipulate complex data.
  • Knowledge of the gardening market and garden centres.

Have we captured your interest, and would you like to know more? Then please apply and we will be in touch with you soon.

Job Type: Full-time

Tagged as: Buyer, Procurement, Romsey, southampton

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