Careers at Countrywide Farmers

Careers and Rewards

Could you be part of Countrywide’s future?

Countrywide is the leading UK business in the supply of products, services and advice to the rural community. We are a fast expanding company with a clear vision and strategic plan to profitably expand the group.

Our number one priority is inevitably our customers. We aim to provide quality products and value for money, supported by expert knowledge and a personal service. To deliver great service to our customers we are looking for people to join our team who are passionate and enthusiastic, have an empathy with the rural community and who are highly driven in making a real difference to our customers’ experience.

Service is our passion and people are our strength which is why we invest in growing our talent and providing employees with great training and development opportunities so they can make a real contribution to our business.

If you are successful in joining Countrywide, these are some of the rewards you can expect to enjoy:

Career Opportunities

Gardening Specialist based at Witney, Oxfordshire

We are currently seeking to recruit a Gardening Specialist to look after indoor and outdoor plant sales for our store. Reporting to the Store Manager, you will be provide an excellent standard of customer service to all customers, in particular within the gardening department.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a confident individual to put their gardening knowledge and expertise to use within a dynamic market leading business. You will play an important role in growing the store’s profitability within the gardening section as well as supporting colleagues to develop their product expertise in this area too. Monitoring stock availability and visual merchandising is also a key requirement.

You will be confident and knowledgeable about gardening and ideally have experience of providing a high standard of customer service within a gardening role. An affinity with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 20 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 14th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1282 to The HR Team at info.169E3001.0@applythis.net

Deputy Store Manager based at Exeter

You will be supporting the store manager to deliver the financial objectives for the store by recruiting and developing a team that provides outstanding customer service and exceptional retail standards.

As an experienced Deputy Manager you will be an enthusiastic, hard working and ‘hands on’ person who has the ability to really drive our stores forward.

You must have a desire to provide exceptional customer service and be able to motivate, lead and inspire others around you. Retail management experience is essential, but more importantly candidates must be business focused, results driven, energetic and have a real passion for what you do. An empathy with the rural community is desirable.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 21st April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1303 by clicking here.

Warehouse Assistant based at Hereford, Herefordshire

You will be responsible for ensuring our warehouse and yard area operates efficiently and safely whilst providing a high quality service to our customers. You should be Health and Safety aware, conscientious and accurate. The role will also require heavy lifting, problem solving and effective stock rotation. A forklift licence is desirable.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternative weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 3rd April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1284 to Michelle Jones at Hereford.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Weekend Sales Assistant based at Upton, Worcestershire

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 13.5 per week.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 14th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1301 to Stuart Brown at upton.store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Equestrian Specialist based at Bearley, Warwickshire (Maternity Cover)

Our Equestrian Specialists must be customer focused and have excellent knowledge of product developments and trends. You will support and manage in-store campaigns, equestrian events, and promotions. You will also raise the Company’s profile at community events and within the equestrian world.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 23rd April 2015

Please apply by email with ref. 1317 and your C.V. to Sarah Battrick at BStoreManager@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Gardening Specialist based at Bearley, Warwickshire

We are currently seeking to recruit a Gardening Specialist to look after indoor and outdoor plant sales for our store. Reporting to the Store Manager, you will be provide an excellent standard of customer service to all customers, in particular within the gardening department.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a confident individual to put their gardening knowledge and expertise to use within a dynamic market leading business. You will play an important role in growing the store’s profitability within the gardening section as well as supporting colleagues to develop their product expertise in this area too. Monitoring stock availability and visual merchandising is also a key requirement.

You will be confident and knowledgeable about gardening and ideally have experience of providing a high standard of customer service within a gardening role. An affinity with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 23rd April 2015

Please apply by email with ref. 1318 and your C.V. to Sarah Battrick at BStoreManager@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Weekend Sales Assistant based at Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 14 per week.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 23rd April 2015

Please apply by email with ref. 1319 and your C.V. to Stuart Linnen at CStoreManager2@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Warehouse Assistant based at Crewkerne, Somerset

You will be responsible for ensuring our warehouse and yard area operates efficiently and safely whilst providing a high quality service to our customers. You should be Health and Safety aware, conscientious and accurate. The role will also require heavy lifting, problem solving and effective stock rotation. A forklift licence is desirable.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternative weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 23rd April 2015

Please apply by email with ref. 1320 and your C.V. to Geoff Poore at CStoreManager5@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Transport Administrator based at Taunton, Somerset (6 month contract)

We are seeking a first-class administrator to seamlessly manage all administration regarding Taunton based transport vehicles and drivers. You will work closely with your routing / planning colleagues to provide first class and cost-effective solutions to our customers.

This role will suit somebody with previous office experience, strong organisational and numeracy skills, good attention to detail and the ability to communicate at all levels.

Hours of work are 25 per week.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 23rd April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1321 to Matthew Rosenberg at TStoreManager@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Defford Distribution Centre Administration Assistant, based at Defford, Worcestershire

We have fantastic career opportunities for a new Distribution Centre Administration Assistant to provide administration support to the DDC in an organised and timely fashion.

Responsibilities of the Administration Assistant include purchase orders, meeting administration and telephone queries. You will have previous experience as an Administrator, with the ability to show excellent administration skills, a good level of communication, time management, and good computer literacy including Excel and Word.

Hours of work are 40 per week.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 24th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1326 by clicking here.

Agricultural Specialist based at Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Our Agricultural Specialists must be customer focused and have excellent knowledge of product developments and trends. You will support and manage in-store campaigns, farmer / smallholder events, and promotions. You will raise the Company’s profile at community events and build relationships with local farmers.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 28th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1328 to Steve Martin at NStoreManager2@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Assistant at Welland Valley Feeds, Leicestershire

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work average at 39.75 per week working alternate Saturdays, Sundays and some bank holidays.

Wellend Valley Feeds

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 28th April 2015

Please apply by email to sgarfield@wellandvalleyfeeds.co.uk

Agricultural Specialist based at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Our Agricultural Specialists must be customer focused and have excellent knowledge of product developments and trends. You will support and manage in-store campaigns, farmer / smallholder events, and promotions. You will raise the Company’s profile at community events and build relationships with local farmers.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 28th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1329 to Murray Phillips at AStoreManager2@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Assistant based at Wardle, Nantwich (Temporary)

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 20 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 28th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1330 to Anna Yates at wardle.store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Assistant (Clothing Department) based at Chipping Norton, Oxon

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products, specifically within the Clothing Department. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 28th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1332 to Graeme Robertson at ChippingNorton.StoreManager@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Assistant based at Banbury, Oxfordshire (Temporary)

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 20 per week

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 27th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1169 by clicking here.

Weekend Sales Assistant based at Banbury, Oxfordshire (Temporary)

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 13.5 per week

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 27th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1194 by clicking here.

Weekend Sales Assistant based at Banbury, Oxfordshire (Temporary)

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 8 per week

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 27th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1195 by clicking here.

Weekend Sales Assistant based at Banbury, Oxfordshire (Temporary)

Our Sales Assistants must be customer focused with a friendly and helpful approach, keen to learn and have the ability to use their own initiative and work as part of a team. You will be the first point of contact for our customers and provide advice covering our wide range of products. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

Hours of work are 5.5 per week

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 27th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1196 by clicking here.

Store Manager based at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

As an experienced Retail Manager you will be responsible for delivering the financial objectives for the store and developing a team that provides outstanding customer service and excellent retail standards, maintaining correct levels of stock availability and ensuring compliance with current legislation.

To be successful you will be an enthusiastic, hardworking and 'hands on' person who has the ability to really drive our stores forward. You must have a desire to provide outstanding customer service and be able to motivate, lead and engage others around you. Retail management experience is essential, but more importantly candidates must be business focused, results driven, energetic and have a real passion for what you do.

Hours of work are 38.5 per week which may include working alternate weekends and some bank holidays.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 28th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1234 by clicking here.

Interim Trainer based at Evesham Head Office, Worcestershire

We are currently seeking to recruit an experienced Trainer on an interim basis for 6 months.

Based in Evesham, you will co-ordinate and manage all training activities for a company-wide ERP and business change rollout covering c700 employees throughout the Midlands, Wales and Southern regions.

The Trainer role will be broad, focused on developing detailed training plans for implementing new ways of working as well as the more technical changes associated with the ERP system.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in supporting an ERP roll out and will be highly experienced in developing training plans to support delivery of the project.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 1st May 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1333 by clicking here.

Administrator, Equestrian Department, based at Evesham Head Office, Worcestershire

We have fantastic career opportunities for a new Administrator support to the Equestrian Department in an organised and timely fashion.

Responsibilities of the Administrator include assisting with product launch days; range reviews; and monthly promotions. You will have previous experience as an Administrator, with the ability to show excellent administration skills, a good level of communication, time management, and good computer literacy including Excel and Word.

Hours of work are 37.5 per week.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 28th April 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1331 to Sarah Blackshaw at SBlackshaw@countrywidefarmers.co.uk.

Area Sales Manager covering Herefordshire; Shropshire; Cheshire

We have an exciting opportunity for an Area Sales Manager to lead a team covering Herefordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire.

You will be key to the expansion and development of our B2B operation, selling our product range into agricultural, equestrian and other rural businesses.

We are looking for a highly impressive individual with a proven track record in sales and key account management, preferably in the Agricultural, Food or a Retail based sector. The role will appeal to a commercially minded individual who has the skill to build strong relationships both with their team and customers alike. Ideal candidates will have experience of managing sales or retail teams and will be strong communicators.

IT literacy is a must and experience of CRM and/or Retail systems would be advantageous. An SQP or AMTRA qualification is desirable but not essential.

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 4th May 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1322 by clicking here.

Sales Manager covering Warwickshire

Countrywide have an exciting opportunity for a Sales Manager to join the team covering Warwickshire.

You will be involved in selling our full product portfolio, including animal health, equipment, feed and accessories to agricultural, equestrian and rural businesses in your trading area.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about agriculture and the rural way of life and who can build strong relationships with a business customer base. To be considered for this role you will need to be a good communicator who enjoys meeting people, working as part of a team and is motivated by success and exceeding agreed goals and objectives.

The ideal candidate will be highly commercial and understands profitable sales. You will have previous sales experience and can show your skills in negotiation and key account management. You will be highly computer literate and have experience of actively using CRM systems to continually develop your customer base. As an incredibly self-motivated individual, you will have excellent time management and organisational skills. A distinct advantage would be to have a background in agriculture or retail, as would an AMTRA or SQP qualification

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 4th May 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1323 by clicking here.

Sales Manager covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Countrywide have an exciting opportunity for a Sales Manager to join the team covering Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

You will be involved in selling our full product portfolio, including animal health, equipment, feed and accessories to agricultural, equestrian and rural businesses in your trading area.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about agriculture and the rural way of life and who can build strong relationships with a business customer base. To be considered for this role you will need to be a good communicator who enjoys meeting people, working as part of a team and is motivated by success and exceeding agreed goals and objectives.

The ideal candidate will be highly commercial and understands profitable sales. You will have previous sales experience and can show your skills in negotiation and key account management. You will be highly computer literate and have experience of actively using CRM systems to continually develop your customer base. As an incredibly self-motivated individual, you will have excellent time management and organisational skills. A distinct advantage would be to have a background in agriculture or retail, as would an AMTRA or SQP qualification

We offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme and a rewarding and stimulating place to work!

Closing date for application: 4th May 2015

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1324 by clicking here.