- 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.