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, as you’ll see below, so we have career opportunities for the right people – mainly those who demonstrate our Values daily. The team has grown from 45 to 240+ people and we have built a strong reputation as a part of the local community.

WE’RE GROWING!

We are so excited to be able to share with you that our amazing team is going to be getting even bigger! We’ll be recruiting for a brand new team in 2022, so keep checking back on our careers page to see what great opportunities we’ll have available.

We are starting to recruit for our head office roles already, so if any of those are of interest to you, then get in touch.

Click here to find out more about our Tingley site and plans!

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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 team facilities which opened 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
  • Alternate weekends
  • 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, Commercial, Marketing, People and Culture and Projects.

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

CURRENT VACANCIES

KITCHEN ASSISTANTS (COOKS) – PART-TIME

We are looking for prep chef to work across or in one of our 3 food areas, the Mezzanine, which offers a different experience from our Restaurant, with a more refined selection when it comes to our breakfast, brunch and main meals, as well as a GREAT selection of patisseries. Our Blooms Restaurant offer great hearty food, while Grass Hoppers caters for families with a focus on the kids.

You’ll be supporting our kitchen teams in the general preparation of all our food menu items.

We have a number of roles available, so get in touch if the role sounds good for you and let us know how many hours/days you are looking for but some weekend work is likely.

Previous experience of working in a fast-paced kitchen environment, with food preparation experience, would be preferred, while it is essential you have the appropriate food safety qualification.

Overall, we are looking for GREAT team players who are aligned to our Values – so make sure you’ve had a read over these before you apply.

Click here to apply

 

CLEANER (PART-TIME)

cleaner

Do you love to clean? Do you spot the smallest bit of dust and love to get the hoover or duster out? We need you! We want to create a safe and clean environment for our customers and our team, so this is one of the most important roles we are recruiting for.

We have a 10 hour role working Thursday’s and Saturday’s within our Grasshoppers team. We are looking for people that are flexible to step in to cover annual leave as and when required.

This role is not for the faint hearted as this is a big space to keep on top of from a cleaning perspective, so you must be comfortable with a physically demanding role.

Previous cleaning experience is essential.

Get in touch if you’re keen to help us create a sparkling work place.​

Click here to apply

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

BAKER (32-40 HOURS)

BAKER (p/t)

Do you love to bake? Are you a stickler for consistency? Do you love to help others and work as part of a team? Then we are looking for you!

We are looking for additional support in our Bakery team in ensuring we are delivering a great customer experience by creating great baked goods!

We are looking for people who are able to assist with the baking, so if you are more experienced in baking, are comfortable operating independently and taking ownership of your work then get in touch. In this role you will assist with opening up the bakery and getting the team ready for the day, as well as helping the lead Baker to oversee the day to day operation. Ideally you’ll have previous experience of working in a bakery (or similar environment), have the ability to pay strict attention to detail and to plan and organise yourself and achieve daily set targets

​We are looking for someone to work between 32-40 hours per week, including alternate weekends.

Click here to apply for this amazing opportunity, we are excited to hear from you.

OUTDOOR MANAGER

OUTDOOR MANAGER

Are you the kind of person who loves to plan and organise yourself and others? Do you have a passion for plants? Do you have previous retail or plants experience? Then this could be the perfect role for you.

We are looking for someone to run our Outdoor area and team (which includes Plants, Pots, Landscaping, Stoneyard and Compost) to ensure that we deliver a GREAT experience for our customers in search for the perfect garden.

We are looking for someone who can help bring the area to life with GREAT displays and a strong team who thrive on delivering GREAT service to our customers.

So what do we need from you?

Previous experience of running a large retail space / preferably in the plant/outdoor area
Previous experience in leading and managing a team
Hands on experience with managing a large amount of stock
Proven ability to implement process and improvement initiatives
Day to day you’ll oversee the running of the department, work with the plants buyer to ensure we get the right stock in for our customer base, you’ll also re-order some of our regular products. It’ll also be your responsibility to ensure that our outdoor area is looking attractive and enticing.

You’ll need to ensure that we have accurate stock, which is constantly replenished, and to plan for the year/seasons so we are adequately stocked and resourced. As a department manager, you’ll also represent the team at the weekly managers meeting and support them in the opening and closing the store when required. ​​

You’ll be contracted to work 40 hours per week, working alternate Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, so you never work more than four days in a row.

Click here to apply for this amazing opportunity, we are excited to hear from you.

 

 

CATERING SUPERVISOR – BLOOMS KITCHEN

CATERING SUPERVISOR

We are looking for a Restaurant Supervisor to work in our Blooms Kitchen restaurant, with our hard working team!

Our levels of service are paramount to the continued success of Blooms Kitchen, so we are looking for Supervisors who can bring and maintain a GREAT level of service, that our customers will expect.

You’ll be responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of the front of house team, ensuring that the Restaurant is efficiently staffed and that the team are performing and are fully engaged in their roles .

You will be working alongside our current Blooms Kitchen supervisors to deliver a GREAT experience for all our customers.

Previous experience of working in a fast-paced restaurant environment would be preferred, along with essential supervisory experience.

Overall, we are looking for GREAT team players who are aligned to our Values – so make sure you’ve had a read over these before you apply.

These will be full-time roles, working 39 hours each week (usually between the hours of 0830-1700 and alternate weekends).

To apply, please click here!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

PEOPLE & CULTURE APPRENTICE

P&C Apprentice

We’re looking for an enthusiastic People and Culture Apprentice to join our growing and award-winning business, where you’ll work across our site at Bradford (Tong) and support our brand-new site on the outskirts of Leeds (Tingley) – but our ambitions to grow don’t stop there!

This is an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and start your career as a HR professional. You will be working towards your Apprenticeship in HR Support (level 3 which is all delivered entirely in the workplace), whilst being part of the People and Culture team and building your expertise and knowledge within the role. We are looking for a highly organised, self-motivated person to fulfil the role who is also an excellent communicator.

The role offers a real opportunity to develop and grow with the company and therefore somebody with a real passion for People and Culture is a must.

Overview of responsibilities (this is not an exhaustive list):
• Recruitment advertising, sifting, first stages
• Tracking employee probations, catch ups and values and behaviours assessments
• Updating P&C systems
• General admin duties as requested by the team
• Collate monthly values awards and promote winners
• Prepare weekly team newsletter (online)
• Assisting with staff events calendar, helping to create a great culture across the site
• Keep all staff communal areas up to date with latest employee information
• Help facilitate employee engagement activities across the business

We are looking for someone who is great with computers (particularly with Microsoft Office). You must have a good eye for detail and be able to plan and organise your workload.
Due to the nature of the role, you must possess the highest level of professionalism, integrity and confidentially. That said. the most important thing is that you live and breathe our Values each and every day, because it’s these that help drive the right culture.

With big expansion plans coming, there is a lot to do but we can guarantee you’ll love working with us, we have brand new staff facilities, a great team and ‘lots more in store’ when it comes to team benefits.

You’ll be contracted to work 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday, however there may be some requirement to work weekends on occasions). There is scope to work from home on the days you just need to get your head into a project.

Click here to apply for this amazing opportunity, we are excited to hear from you.

PEOPLE & CULTURE ADVISOR

People & culture (hr) advisor

Working in our People and Culture team, we have a brand-new opportunity for someone to join us, not only to help continue to build a great place to work, but to lead on our sustainability journey as we aim to be carbon neutral by 2026.

Reporting to our Head of People, Culture and Sustainability, you’ll be working on various projects, so we need someone who is highly organised and self-motivated.

Ideally, you’ll have experience of working in a HR project type role or have experience in a role with exposure to sustainability work (but this is not essential). The role will be based at our site in Bradford (Tong) but the role will be group wide, so you’ll support our brand-new site on the outskirts of Leeds (Tingley).

Overview of responsibilities (this is not an exhaustive list):

  1. Manage and deliver on group people and culture projects as assigned by Head of People and Culture
  2. Lead on our Group Sustainability project, taking direction from the Head of P&C and Sustainability
  3. Promote and report on progress for the projects you are assigned
  4. Act as operational lead for internal communication and engagement activities
  5. Support managers across the business to drive change
  6. Organise and manage quarterly meetings
  7. Carry out important reporting activities across the year (including data gathering and compliance reporting)
  8. Working with marketing to ensure our communications are clear, accurate and evidence based
  9. Lead on our culture and cause pillars, with support from local P&C Business partners

Due to the nature of the role, you must possess the highest level of professionalism, integrity and confidentially. That said. the most important thing is that you live and breathe our Values each and every day, because it’s these that help drive the right culture.

With big expansion plans coming, there is a lot to do but we can guarantee you’ll love working with us, we have brand new staff facilities, a great team and ‘lots more in store’ when it comes to team benefits.

You’ll be contracted to work 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday, however there may be some requirement to work weekends on occasions). There is scope to work from home on the days you just need to get your head into a project.

Click here to apply for this amazing opportunity, we are excited to hear from you.

 

MARKETING MANAGER

MARKETING MANAGER (FOOD)

We’re looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to join our growing and award-winning business, where you’ll work across our sites at Bradford (Tong) and our brand-new site on the outskirts of Leeds (Tingley) – but our ambitions to grow don’t stop there!

We are looking for someone to help us deliver our marketing plan for our various food brands, so you’ll be tasked with growing an engaged audience across our social media platforms, with paid digital and organic content to help build brand awareness.

We’ll also be asking you to help develop a content strategy for our newly re-branded ‘Hearty’s’ food hall and its website. You’ll have the support of Jo, our amazing Head of Marketing, and the wider Marketing team, but we’ll be expecting you to add lots of value with your previous, all-in, marketing experience.
So what do we need from you?

• At least 3 years’ experience working in a marketing/brand role
• You’ll have a track record of writing, designing, and coordinating across a range of channels
• Creative writing experience, with strong proof reading and editorial skills
• Creative thinking and someone who can solve any problems when they arise

All this will help you to pull together engaging content to drive traffic to our website and footfall into our restaurants. There will also be a need for you to create and deliver a calendar of events, such as food tasting, as well as delivering a dynamic and creative content creation plan (using photography, video and social content).

So, lots to do but we can guarantee you’ll love it work with us, we have brand new staff facilities, a great team and ‘lots more in store’ when it comes to team benefits.

You’ll be contracted to work 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday, however there may be some requirement to work weekends on occasions). There is scope to work from home on the days you just need to get your head into a project.

Click here to apply for this amazing opportunity, we are excited to hear from you.

 

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