Interim Farm Shop Manager Vacancy

Tablehurst Farm is a community-owned social enterprise in Forest Row, East Sussex. We are looking for an interim manager for our farm shop for a period of up to six months, starting immediately.

The farm and the shop

Tablehurst is a 500ha farm rearing cows, sheep, pigs and poultry and growing a wide range of vegetables. Our farm shop includes a substantial butchery selling our own meat, a vegetable stall, selling both our own and bought in vegetables, and display areas for a range of bought in refrigerated and dry goods. With rare exceptions, everything sold in the shop is certified organic. Shop turnover is between £20,000 and £25,000 per week, and the shop is staffed most days by a team of around five people (including butchers) plus the manager.

The role

We are seeking an individual who can take overall responsibility for our shop operation, including:

  • Budgetary control
  • Customer care including meat deliveries by courier
  • Supplier management and ordering
  • Staff management
  • Keeping the shop looking attractive at all times
  • Food hygiene and general cleanliness

Working hours are 8.00am to 5.30pm five days a week. Regular Saturday working is a requirement, but we are not open on Sundays.

Salary will be in the range £24,000 to £28,000 commensurate with experience. A higher figure may be considered for an exceptional candidate. We also offer a free two-course lunch every day and a substantial staff discount in the farm shop.

The person

Our ideal candidate for this role will be aligned with our aims and values as a community-owned biodynamic farm and will have some experience of retail management, ideally in a fresh food retail environment. Some knowledge of meat retailing would be an advantage, and a willingness to work in close proximity to fresh meat is essential.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV together with a covering email explaining why you are right for this role to with “Interim Shop Manager” in the subject line.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role before you apply, please call Chris Marshall, Commercial Director, on 07904 459741.

As we are in a hurry to appoint someone, we will process applications for this position as they arrive, and we may make an appointment at any time.