Planting Assistant


NPD DEPARTMENT – plant division


Closing Date                       Friday 225th May 2018.

Pay                                      Salary dependant on experience.

Hours    Full time – Monday to Friday 08.30 – 17.00 however, flexibility is required to meet customer demand.

Location                              Butters Plants, Kellett Gate, Spalding, Lincolnshire.


We are looking for someone to join the team and support the Planting Manager in product preparation for both internal and external customers.

The role

  • Gathering & selecting appropriate plants from stock.

  • Planting containers and gift wrapping in preparation for customer presentations etc.

  • Understanding what our ‘best quality stage’ should look like, for different occasions.

  • Following a tight schedule.

  • Recording information accurately.

  • Plant care (specific training will be given) watering, deadheading / conditioning.

  • Clean as you go working practices.


  • Knowledge of plant names (indoor & outdoor) – not essential.

  • Maintain quality of work under pressure.

  • Follow instructions accurately.

  • Able to adapt considering individual customer requirements.

  • Willingness to learn new techniques.


  • Attention to detail.

  • Thorough and organized.

  • Able to work individually and as part of a small team.

  • Adaptability.

  • If you are interested in this position please follow the link to upload your CV.

National Account Manager


Job Purpose and Scope 

To commercially manage the development of accounts to achieve their category objectives in terms of volume, price and mix, whilst adopting a bottom line profitability mentality. The post holder will ensure that they drive budgeted growth and profit margins within all accounts.

Principle Accountabilities

  1. To be fully conversant with customer’s strategy, category plans and business process

  2. To assist in preparing an annual account plan for the customer in a format agreed with the Senior Commercial Manager and gain outline agreement of the key objectives with the customer

  3. To proactively manage the relationship between buying, marketing, merchandising, product development and supply chain network interfaces with the customer

  4. To conduct regular business and category reviews with the customer and jointly identify future objectives and success criteria

  5. To constantly review product and range performance and initiate business improvement programmes

  6. To prepare product development briefs and manage new product and range changes, which meet the customer’s and Company’s marketing and financial requirements whilst achieving targeted deadlines

  7. To maintain knowledge of competitor activity within the customer portfolio and keep the Senior Commercial Manager appraised of developments and anticipated implications. Concurrently, to provide the same level of advice to the customer

  8. To regularly review sales forecasts by line by week and make timely amendments to maintain service levels and achieve customers identified KPIs

  9. To agree a rolling activity plan including promotional programme with the customer and update it by mutual agreement on a regular basis whilst adhering to the general sales plan whilst utilising raw material and procurement initiatives

  10. To support the Senior Commercial Manager to negotiate specification, price, distribution and volume parameters to achieve the business plan/budget/forecast which is regularly updated against the latest sales plan based on accurate costing’s and minimum margins

  11. To ensure the achievement of efficient sales administration in an accurate and timely manner

  12. To participate in customer focus teams for key accounts, participate in weekly team meetings, communicate sales and latest plans and resolve any issues, which would affect customer KPI targets

  13. To communicate the outcome of customer meetings, conferences and briefings to the relevant customer focus team including Technical, Procurement and Operations

  14. To manage customer business as a portfolio by influencing ranging, sales mix, product introductions and promotional activity and maintaining an agreed weighted costed margin with the Commercial Controller

  15. To review promotional including peaks and events activity and recommend future trading strategy both to the customer and the Commercial Controller

  16. To audit range, price and promotional aspects of major retailers assigned categories

  17. To manage specific projects including new business opportunities agreed with the Commercial Controller

  18. To initiate product specification changes to reduce cost or improve efficiency and recommend value chain improvements

  19. To provide a monthly report of trading, identifying major variances to plan/budget, an outline forward plan and an assessment of short term to medium term threats/opportunities


Contact with others 

  • Maintain an effective level of communication with site internal teams and customer external teams


The team

  • Keep line manager informed in a proactive manner through:
    • Regular verbal communications
    • Pre-set and shared objectives
    • Written reports and monthly reviews


Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications

 Ideally, educated to degree level or equivalent

  • Experience of dealing with multiple retailers involving making use of your account management/support and relationship building skills
  • Determined, enthusiastic with strong influencing and organisational skills
  • Confident communicator, presenter and influencer with the ability to analyse competitive/market activity, trends and opportunities
  • IT ability at intermediate/advanced level in Excel, Powerpoint and Word

If you wish to apply for this position please submit your CV by following the link. Closing date is Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Hardware Stock Controller

Job title: Hardware Stock Controller

Reports to: Group Packaging Manager                 

Site: Kellet Gate                                   


To ensure that hardware stocks are ordered and scheduled for delivery to the specification agreed with the supplier, ensuring that the expectations of our customers are fully met in terms of price, availability, and quality.

Functional Duties 


Work closely with the Group Packaging Manager to develop and implement a Hardware supplier strategy in line with business procurement objectives. 


  •    Manage standard and purchase cost differential.

  •    Highlight areas where potential savings can be achieved.

  •    Look to add value to the process by removing cost from the supply chain wherever possible.

  •    Record and report any residual stock issues. 

    Stock Control

  • Place all hardware orders with the appropriate supplier / Shanghai Office using the agreed written specification sheets. It is understood that hardware is not exhaustive or permanent and that other items may be added or taken away at various times.
  • Apply robust stock control measures to ensure that suppliers meet the required shipping deadlines, schedule the arrival of containers ensuring that Goods Inwards are fully aware of all pending deliveries,
  •  Ensure that sufficient materials are available prior to production in line with order volumes, taking account of any existing on-site stock and rejections.
  • Frequently review the forecasted order volumes against stock availability and future deliveries, taking action as necessary in order to eliminate any shortages caused by late delivery, rejections etc.
  • Highlight areas of concern where product buy does not compare with forecasted sales.
  • Arrange inbound transport of products where required, to meet production deadlines.
  • Liaise with all Account Managers on a weekly basis to inform them of all delivery dates and inform the business of any potential delays / problems.
  • Ensure that MPV is achieved on every purchased item; report to the Group Packaging Manager any issues where applying MPV may be an issue.
  • The entry and maintenance of Purchase Orders into Prophet.

Supplier Focus

  • Monitor and measure the performance of our suppliers in terms of on time and in full delivery, quality and improvement activity
  • Implement terms and conditions with suppliers including payment terms as determined by the Group Packaging Manager.
  • Raise claims against suppliers as appropriate when the specification is not met.

Customer Focus

  • Work with the Account Managers and NPD to maximise the profitable development of the business through all aspects of the commercial mix including product range and development, sales and marketing opportunities.
  • Ensure that the Hardware QA team are supplied the correct specification on all orders to enable that samples are supplied to the required standards / specification.
  • The key communication links with this position are: Group Packaging Manager, NPD Team, Account Managers, Goods Inwards, Technical and QA team

If you are interested in this role please submit your CV or application by following the link available. The closing date is Friday 18th May 2018 17.00

Quality Assurance Operative (Temporary Maternity Cover) - Plants Division


We are looking for a Quality Assurance Operator within our Plants Division to help support the team covering a period of maternity leave. This is a challenging and interesting role which covers many areas of the business.


Closing Date         Friday 4 May 2018

Hours                     Full time

Start Date              ASAP

Shift                        Week 1: Sunday to Thursday 10.15 – 19.00 (flex)

Week 2: Monday to Friday 08.15 – 17.00 / Saturday 07.00 – finish (Thursday rest day)

 Week 3: Monday to Friday 07.00 – 15.45

 Week 4: Monday to Friday 08.15 – 17.00 (flex)

Location                Butters Plants Division, Kellett Gate, Spalding, Lincolnshire.


  • Check incoming product to agreed sample rates and record findings

  • Check labelling and traceability

  • Investigate all non-conformances and customer complaints

  • Undertake all internal audits i.e. GMP

  • Generate summary reports when required

  • Undertake product trials when required

  • Record information on the internal computer system

  • Accurately and promptly communicate any issues

  • Ability to communicate at all levels

  • Have an excellent eye for detail

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Competent PC user

  • Knowledge of production processes and procedures


If you are interested in wanting to join our team, please click on the 'Application Form' button to complete the online application form, or alternatively forward your CV with covering letter by email to