People & Culture

If you think our values match who you are and the kind of place you are looking to work, then get in touch.

Current Vacancies

JOINING TEAM TONG

We are an exciting Destination Centre located on the Leeds/Bradford border with easy access from the motorways and with on-site parking. We offer a fast moving, dynamic and welcoming team environment. We are continuing to grow and develop so this role has career opportunities for the right person. The team has grown from 45 to 200 people and we have built a strong reputation as a part of the local community.

Training & Development

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WORK HERE?

If we were to tell you that our aim is to be one of the best employers across the UK, then hopefully that goes some way to demonstrate our commitment to our People and Culture, which is why we have a dedicated People and Culture team at Tong Garden Centre.

Their purpose is to attract, recruit, engage and develop the best people into our business.

Our 2020 award win for ‘Outstanding Employer’ at the Yorkshire Post Business Excellence Awards goes some way to demonstrate what we are aiming to achieve, here at Tong. Neil and Becki are aiming to ensure we have a GREAT culture as we continue to grow.

Our Values

Postitive

POSITIVE

  • We are proud to work here and always give a warm, friendly ‘’Yorkshire’’ welcome to everyone
  • We have a ‘can do’ attitude and find solutions to any problem
  • We work in a professional way with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment
  • We love to ‘get stuck in’ and react positively towards change
Accountable

ACCOUNTABLE

  • We take responsibility for our work and ownership of our actions – making sure we deliver on our promises
  • We own our mistakes and learn from them
  • We take pride in our work, producing the best of our ability
  • We pass on knowledge to help others make the right decision or to do the right thing
Respectful

RESPECTFUL

  • We are respectful, courteous and considerate towards everyone and everything
  • We take pride in delivering the needs of others
  • We respect and care for the environment we work in
  • We are open minded and non judgemental
Honest

HONEST

  • We give honest advice and feedback in a sincere and genuine way
  • We are consistent and reliable in our approach
  • We make time for others when they need us the most
  • We are inquisitive and ask questions to give the right advice
Excellence

EXCELLENCE

  • We use our knowledge and experience to educate each other
  • There is no ‘faffin’ here, just giving 100% of our effort, every day
  • We strive to learn and grow – just like our pots and plants
  • We lead by example at all times
  • We settle for ‘Great’
Team

TEAM

  • Our approach is ‘Your team is my team, and my team is your team’
  • We help and support each other to provide a great experience for everyone
  • We communicate clearly and effectively with each other so things run smoothly
  • We are resourceful and versatile in our approach
People & Culture

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WORKING AT TONG?

Here are a few of the great benefits of working for us:

  • A great, fun, friendly working environment
  • Growing staff facilities, with new office and staff room in 2021
  • Up to 33%* staff discount in store (*Discount varies across the store, including concessions)
  • Family and friend open days
  • Free car parking
  • Colleague recognition schemes
  • Pension contributions
  • Bonus* (*depending on the level of your role)
  • A strong set of Values and great behaviours
  • Opportunity to work remotely* (*where your role allows it)
  • Opportunity for company sponsored development
  • Various staff events

These are just the start, we are constantly reviewing our employee offering as we aim to become one of the best employers in the UK.

Team Tong Award Winners

Our retail team is made up of Tills and Customer Services, Food Hall – Hearty’s (including our very own Butchers, Bakers, Deli and Fresh), Giftware, Garden Sundries, Leisure, as well as our Indoor and Outdoor Plants and Warehouse teams. We also have our famous Christmas and Grotto during the winter months, so if you love Christmas, you’ll love us even more!

We also have a number of head office functions to help us perform at our best, those being Accounts, Marketing, People and Culture and Commercial.

The video below shows you what it’s like to work in one of our restaurant teams 🙂

CURRENT VACANCIES

KITCHEN ASSISTANT (24.5 HRS PER WEEK)

kitchen assistant

We are looking for the next member of our expanding Mezzanine Kitchen team at Tong Garden Centre to help us achieve our ambition of being the BEST garden centre and destination centre, for all the family, in Yorkshire.

Keen to grow a career in the Kitchen? Then this role could be for you. You will be helping to prep our food and work on a busy pass with guidance from our Chef’s, to supporting whatever is needed in the kitchen from mopping and washing up, cleaning the surfaces, equipment, plates and cutlery through to g eneral Kitchen duties.

Experience of working within a Kitchen environment and working on a busy pass is essential, as well as experience in food preparation.

Take it from us, you will not work with a more supportive team. We believe we are the best Garden Centre to work for in Yorkshire and our feedback demonstrates that.

We also have a growing rewards and recognition program which is focused on providing the best experience for TEAM TONG. You’ll just have to apply to find out more.

We want to challenge what other garden centre’s currently do, so you’ll be sure to get an experience you won’t find in any other centre.

Click here to apply to find out more, we cant wait to hear from you!

PLANTS ASSISTANT

PLANTS assistant

Do you love spending time in your garden and learning about Plants? Are you comfortable with working in a fast-paced environment where you are on your feet most of the day? Are you willing to get stuck in and support your colleagues and the business where ever needed? If yes, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

We have various hours available within our Outdoor Plant team, where some weekend working would be required.

If you’ve paid a visit to Tong, you’ll know we have a plant canopy as well as an outdoor plant area, so you must be willing to work both in and outside, in all weather conditions.

Ultimately you will be required to provide a great experience for our customers by ensuring our displays are excellent and are well stocked.

Ideally, we would like people who have great plant knowledge, or who have a passion to learn about plants, with lots of enthusiasm and positivity.

As the sales of plants are seasonal, you will be required to support instore at times, so you must be comfortable with this.

Our Values are embedded into everything we do, so when you read over these, if they demonstrate who you are – then we’d love to hear from you!

Please click here to find out more and apply 

HARD LANDSCAPING ASSISTANTS (VARIOUS HOURS)

hard landscaping assistant(s)

Are you organised, efficient, dynamic, and great with customers? Are you comfortable with working in a fast-paced environment where you are on your feet most of the day? Are you willing to get stuck in and support your colleagues and the business where ever needed? If yes, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

We have a variety of hours available within our Outdoor team, so we are happy to consider one full-time role, or two part-time positions, although some weekend working would be required.

Ultimately you will be required to provide a great experience for our customers by advising customers on what products meet their needs. The stoneyard has products such as pots, aggregates, and statues, so you must be physically strong to handle deliveries of heavy stone products.

Ideally, we would like people who have experience in selling garden products, or who have a passion to learn, with lots of enthusiasm and positivity. A forklift licence would be advantageous but not essential. The role will include covering our compost area, so knowledge of this would be desirable.

This role is varied, and you will be required to support instore at times and helping the Plants team during busy periods, so you must be comfortable with this.

Our Values are embedded into everything we do, so when you read over these, if they demonstrate who you are – then we’d love to hear from you!

Please click here to apply!

BUTCHER (FULL TIME)

BUTCHER

We are looking for the next full time, permanent member of our Butchery team within our newly refurbished Hearty’s Food Hall at Tong Garden Centre to help us achieve our ambition of being the BEST garden centre and destination centre, for all the family, in Yorkshire.

Your goal will be to maintain a consistent standard of cutting for all meats, maintaining production. You will have a keen eye for detail to minimise wastage and ensure that all products are date and temperature checked, stock is rotated, and the Butchery delivers against its Retail and EHO/Food Hygiene Standards.

In addition, you will coach the team on safe and efficient use and maintenance of equipment as well as sharing your butchery skills.

This is a busy team so you must be comfortable working fast and being on your feet a lot of the time, but we know you’ll love working with our team of superstars!

Ideally, you will have worked in a shop environment as a Butcher, with knowledge of cuts and boning out of all meats are essential. To apply, please click here!

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