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Horticultural manager

A horticultural manager grows plants commercially for use in parks, gardens and public spaces.

Potential salary
£18,000 to £40,000
Working hours
44 to 46 a week
  • knowledge of biology
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • preparing and updating operational and business plans
  • keeping records and managing budgets and accounts
  • analysing costs
  • developing new products and markets, and negotiating with suppliers
  • designing layouts and developing planting programmes
  • scheduling the planting and harvesting of crops
  • managing pest, disease and weed control programmes
  • making sure health and safety regulations and procedures are followed
  • recruiting and managing a skilled and trained workforce

You could work in an office or at a garden centre.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You could move to a senior management position or set up your own nursery or garden centre.

You could complete The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Master of Horticulture qualification, if you have the RHS Level 3 Diploma or equivalent and at least 4 years of experience.

You can find out more about becoming a horticultural manager from The Royal Horticultural Society and Grow Careers.

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