Job Role: Head Gardener (FTC – 12 Months) Location: Kent Salary: £21,000 - £24,000 Hours: 35 Hours Monday to Friday As a Head Gardener you will contribute to our vision of being the leading residential property manager, as recognised by others by: Leading and training a team of 3 Professionally managing the hard and soft landscape areas of the development Ensuring the site is well-maintained and presentable at all times Demonstrating a friendly and courteous manner This role reports to the Development Manager and is supervising a team of 3 Gardeners. About You You will be a seasoned Gardner, with solid supervisory experience looking for your next opportunity. You will have hands-on experience with excellent attention to detail, be meticulous, organised with great leadership skills About Us FirstPort is the largest and most experienced residential property manager in the UK, employing more than 3,000 colleagues dedicated to looking after peoples’ home. Great property management is about more than just bricks and mortar. We recognise and value the contribution our people make to our business and we are committed to ensuring they are skilled and equipped to do the best job they can and that they have the opportunity to realise their full potential. Our Values set out the commitments we have made to deliver excellent service and they inform the relationships that we have with customers and clients. They shape our culture and are used in measuring and rewarding performance. Main Responsibilities Manage and train the horticultural team which is made up of three gardeners Supervise the maintenance of internal/external planting in communal areas, on a daily basis. Maintain tidiness of the development, ensuring the water features, bin and store areas are clear of all litter and leaves. All hard surfaces swept including footpaths and all car-parking areas on a daily basis All shrubs to be kept cultivated and well maintained, ensuring that beds are free of weeds. To ensure that PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is used by yourself and your team at all times and all landscaping machinery is maintained as per recommended manufacturer’s instructions To keep all plants and shrubs trimmed to window sill height or 2 meters. To report on the condition of plants and supervise all tree works. Daily estate check and notify management of any specific attention required. Responsible for management store, disposal of leaf and garden waste and monitor manhole covers to ensure free flowing soil and rainwater. Fully aware of COSHH (Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health) and operate within the guidelines only using substances that have been provided by Management. Our Values Friendly – We look out for people’s best interests, and show them we care by dealing with them in a warm and friendly manner. Inventive – We’re creative and resourceful. We strive to improve what we do and how we do it, so we can provide the best ideas and solutions to look after people, their homes and communities. Respectful – We listen, consult and take on-board people’s opinions and needs. We understand the importance of the home and community in people’s lives, and act with respect at all times. Skilled – We’ve the qualifications, experience and take great pride in our work to consistently deliver the highest standards and value for money. We’re informed, and we’re always building on that knowledge to constantly improve our quality of service. Trustworthy – We’re always professional, reliable, open and honest. People can depend on us to keep our promises and follow through on our commitments. The Benefits Our customers deserve the best and the same applies to our people. We’ll support you with all of the technology, training and support that you need to do your job well. We offer competitive salaries and a range of benefit packages. In addition to the core benefits, we also offer a range of exclusive discounts on extra benefits to help you and your family make the most of your money, safeguard your future and look after your health. Diversity We’re committed to promoting diversity at FirstPort and recruit on merit. We will consider applications from job share applicants. Ready to Apply Click the below apply button to start your application for this role. We will ask you to upload your CV and answer a few questions. You may also be asked to complete verbal and numerical reasoning tests online. If you meet the criteria for the role we’ll be in touch to arrange a short telephone interview and our shortlist of candidates will be invited to attend interviews with the hiring manager and up to three other key stakeholders.