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


Agricultural Specialist based at Nuneaton

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: 16th October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 829 to Steven Martin at Nuneaton.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Store Manager based at Marlborough

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, hard working 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: 21st October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 959 to the HR Team at HRTeam@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Clothing & Footwear Buyer based at Head Office

We are currently looking to recruit a confident and intelligent Buyer to be responsible for selecting, purchasing and delivering a profitable range of country clothing and footwear into store. Reporting to the Supply Chain Director, you would be expected to develop a clear and thorough understanding of the clothing and footwear market, provide a balanced, new, and profitable range for customers, and manage the relationship with suppliers, ensuring delivery timings and store drop dates are consistently met.

The ideal candidate for the role should have experience in a fast-paced Purchasing environment and have a passion for retail and customer service. You will have a strong commercial awareness, and must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of improving sales and profitability. A good understanding of the country clothing market would be an advantage, as would strong negotiation and supplier management skills.

You will have excellent numerate and analytical skills as well as the ability to work under pressure and on your own initiative to strict deadlines. You will be a proactive and forward thinking individual, well organised, comfortable working to deadlines and able to prioritise a varied workload, with strong communication skills, written and verbal. IT proficiency, with particular MS Office competency is essential.

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: 21st October 2014

Please apply by email with ref. 862 and your C.V. to Lynne Wilkinson at LWilkinson@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Store Manager based at Twyford

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, hard working 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: 21st October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 990 to the HR Team at HRTeam@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Commodity Trader based at Amesbury

We are seeking to recruit a Commodity Trader to join the teams based in Amesbury. The role requires highly motivated and driven people with a great attitude, you will be trained to gain the appropriate skills and knowledge to provide expert advice on our extensive range of Agricultural products. You will develop our existing and potential customer base by demonstrating a real desire to achieve and exceed both company and personal targets which is an integral part of the role.

The Candidates can range from experienced through to the recently qualified. Successful applicants will be those who demonstrate a determination to succeed, have a proven track record and have a real empathy for the farming sector.

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: 22nd October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 991 to Phil Watkins at PWatkins@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Agricultural Specialist based at Presteigne

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 October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1001 to Bryan Morris at Presteigne.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Executive covering the South

We are seeking a Sales Executive to be responsible for selling a range of LPG/Energy products to new and existing customers across Salisbury, Winchester, Warminster, Marlborough, Newbury and Hampshire, achieving and exceeding sales targets while providing a high standard of support to the LPG team and its customers.

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your sales career within a dynamic market leading business. Reporting to the LPG Product Manager, you would be tasked with promoting the company’s range of LPG/Energy products, identifying and implementing an effective sales and marketing strategy, developing relationships with existing as well as new customers, and providing the best possible level of customer service at all times. In time you will come to be seen internally and externally as the complete LPG/Energy expert.

The ideal candidate for the role must be able to demonstrate strong sales and customer service skills developed within previous B2B or B2C roles, and will be skilled in maximising margins and meeting or exceeding sales and activity targets. A background or interest in the rural community would be a distinct advantage, as would basic knowledge of the LPG/Energy market, although full training will be provided.

You will be IT literate and able to organise a varied workload and interact confidently with a wide range of people both internally and externally. You will be a confident, personable, and outgoing individual with strong communication skills as well as excellent organisational skills. You will be self-motivated, able to work equally effectively alone or as part of a team.

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: 29th October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1009 to George Webb at GWebb@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Agricultural Specialist based at Market Harborough (Temporary)

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: 22nd October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 992 to Malcolm Jesson at HCPMarketHarborough.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Administrator based at Chepstow

You will provide a first-class administration, clerical and secretarial service and deal efficiently with queries from customers and suppliers. This role will suit somebody with previous office experience, strong organisational and numeracy skills, good attention to detail and 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: 16 October 2014

Please apply by email with ref. 1013 and your C.V. to Stuart Linnen at Chepstow.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Assistant based at Honiton (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 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: 16 October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1015 to Victoria Pattinson at H@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Assistant based at Marlborough (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 25 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: 16 October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1016 to Claire Forgacs at Marlborough.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Gas Engineer, LPG based in Defford, Worcestershire

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced Gas Engineer who would be based at our distribution centre in Defford, Worcestershire. Reporting to the Senior Engineer, you would be responsible for providing service and support for all LPG installations

You will respond to all fulfilment and emergency calls, provide technical support to both internal and external customers, carry out installations, perform risk assessments on current and prospective installations, as well as maintain the Engineering stores and carry out stocktakes as required.

You would be expected to represent the company in a professional manner, providing the best possible level of customer service at all times, as well as ensuring you are consistently in compliance with all Health & Safety, UKLPG, and company codes of practice.

The nature of the job will on occasion necessitate carrying out duties outside normal working hours, so a flexible approach will be required.

The ideal candidate for the role will be an experienced Gas Engineer, qualified and registered with the Gas Safe Register, with strong diagnostic and repair skills. Experience with and knowledge of LPG appliances will be required, as will high levels of drive and enthusiasm plus a commitment to ensuring high standards of customer service are met and exceeded at all times.

You will be a results oriented and flexible individual with excellent communication and organisational skills, as well as an analytical approach to problem solving plus the ability to learn and implement new methods and processes.

Closing date for application: 1st December 2014

Please apply in writing quoting reference 1014 with your C.V. to PSalter@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Store Range and Space Planner based at Evesham Head Office

across all stores within Countrywide Retail business whilst achieving annual budgeted sales and gross margin. You will be required to strategically build and execute the Retail Range and Space plans to optimise sales and profit; through detailed range and space financial planning using detailed sales per square foot analysis.

You will develop a clear understanding of all product categories and the relevant market place and to continually review the Category Ranging, Space Planning and effective, accurate Visual Merchandising; whilst focusing on the brand positioning to maximise opportunities and ensure products are aligned to customer segment needs. You will be required to develop and execute the Sourcing Range & Space Change plans to drive sales & profit; with the effective use of retail space; while earning trust and maintaining internal and external relationships.

As a Store Range and Space Planner you will be responsible for effectively managing the Range Review process; fully understanding the External market performance; reviewing set space, layout and flow for all stores and ensuring all planograms are built and maintained using JDA Space Planning Software.

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: 16 October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1011 to Daniel Greaves at DGreaves@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Sales Manager (Agriculture), based in South Wales

Due to continuing business requirements we are now seeking an experienced Sales Manager to manage and develop agriculture customer accounts in South Wales.

Our Sales Managers take pride in providing a high level of support throughout the full range of agricultural products, as they look to build and maintain long-term customer relationships as well as driving new sales.

To join our team you will ideally have experience in the Agricultural sector and potentially some Equine knowledge could also be useful. You should possess a proven track record advising on Agricultural products and on-farm sales, however full training will be provided for the right candidate.

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

Closing date for application: 20th October 2014

Please apply in writing quoting reference 1007 with your C.V. to Robert Goodhead, Regional Sales Manager at RGoodhead@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Equestrian Specialist in Training based at Twyford

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: 16th October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 918 to Caroline Thompson at Twyford.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Warehouse Assistant based at Chertsey

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 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 October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 985 to Heather Kinnear at CRetailStore@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Contract and Installations Advisor (Maternity Cover) based at Head Office

We are currently looking to recruit a Contract and Installations Advisor to cover Maternity Leave at our Head Office in Evesham. You would be tasked with providing a high standard of support to our LPG Gas Contract Management Team Leader and sales team.

You will maximise customer service by providing a comprehensive administrative and commercial service to our LPG Gas customers. Key tasks will include all administration tasks for LPG with a main focus on customer retention. You will develop up to date knowledge of the company’s products and use the CRM system to maintain accurate customer history and information. You should also be prepared to assist in any other functions of the team as requested.

Ideal candidates will be experienced Administrators who are computer literate. You will be a confident, personable, and outgoing individual with strong communication skills and the ability to interact confidently with a wide range of people both internally and externally. You will have excellent organisational skills, a strong work ethic with attention to detail and be able to organise a varied workload. You will be self-motivated, able to work equally effectively alone or as part of a team. An empathy with the rural community would be an advantage.

The company offer a competitive salary, staff discount, training, good working conditions, pension scheme plus a rewarding and stimulating place to work.

Closing date for application: 21st October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1017 to Julie Wooding at JWooding@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Transport Planner based at Amesbury

Due to continuing business requirements we are now seeking a Transport Planner to join our team in Amesbury.

The main purpose of the role is organising deliveries and administration.

As Transport Planner you will be planning routes, instigating improvements on process and efficiency where necessary, and undertaking any adhoc duties as required.

The successful candidates must be enthusiastic with a good telephone manner, computer literate, able to organise a varied workload and interact confidently with a wide range of people. Some agricultural / rural knowledge would be an advantage.

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: 29th October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 937 to Charles Delf at CDelf@countrywidefarmers.co.uk

Temporary Warehouse Assistant based at Stockton

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 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: 30th October 2014

Please apply by email with C.V. quoting Ref 1018 to Dave Portman at Stockton.Store@countrywidefarmers.co.uk