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Careers at Yarnton

Grow with Us!

Yarnton Home & Garden is a destination home and garden store located just north of Oxford. The business has undergone a huge transformation over the last few years to what it is today – an award-winning retailer with customer experience at the heart of everything we do.

We would not be where we are today without an amazing team, and as we grow we are looking to recruit the right people to take the business confidently into the future.

If you would like to be part of our journey, please email us your CV and a line telling us why we should consider you to hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk  or see our vacancies below.


CHRISTMAS HELPERS
FULL-TIME & PART-TIME, TEMPORARY 

About the role

The Christmas Helper role is to create an unforgettable Christmas Grotto experience for everybody who visits Yarnton Home and Garden during the festive season. The Christmas Helpers will be responsible for organising guests throughout their grotto journey, resulting in seeing Father Christmas.

Christmas Helpers will be delivering the magic of Christmas, entertaining the children and adults in the queues waiting to see Father Christmas, and maintaining the organisation of the whole Christmas experience from start to finish.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Becoming proficient in using the ticketing and photography systems.
  • Maintaining a clean and presentable stage area and grotto for our customers.
  • Creating a fun and enjoyable experience for all our visitors.
  • Managing the queues, booking in, and selling tickets.
  • Giving our customers a fantastic and consistent level of customer service.
  • Promoting our photography gifts.
  • Replenish stock/merchandise as and when required.

We are looking for:

  • Strong communicators who are confident to liaise across departments.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Fun, engaging personalities that can deliver a first-class level of customer service.
  • Comfortable working under pressure and multi-tasking.
  • A good work ethic.

Will involve working alternate weekends.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary (hourly).
  • Staff Training.
  • Generous staff store discount.

If you would like to be part of our fun, festive and growing business, please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to our Operations Manager at xmas@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.


BARISTA
FULL-TIME, PERMANENT, WORKING ALTERNATE WEEKENDS

About the role

We are looking for a brilliant and dynamic Barista to join our fun, hardworking and forward-thinking restaurant team in our ever-expanding Garden Centre, just north of Oxford.

Yarnton Home & Garden is a garden centre undergoing a huge transformation and we are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help take our centre to the next level.

Our team are continuously working to achieve more and grow with us as the business grows. Becoming a part of our close-knit team means taking ownership from day one and producing a high standard of customer service and other tasks. We are looking for someone to start a successful, rewarding, and exciting career with us.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Welcoming customers by determining their coffee interests and needs.
  • Educating customers by presenting and explaining the coffee drink menu; answering questions.
  • Prepare and sell coffee drinks by following prescribed recipes and preparation techniques for coffee drinks, such as, expresso, expresso lungo, caffe latte, and cappuccino.
  • Maintain inventories by replenishing coffee bean supply; stocking coffee brewing equipment; maintaining supplies, pastries, and cookies for coffee bar.
  • Keep equipment operating by following operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment by following organization standards and sanitation regulations.
  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading coffee, retail trade, and food service publications; maintaining personal networks.
  • Enhance the coffee shops reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

We are looking for:

  • A strong communicator who is confident to liaise across departments.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • No experience necessary as full training will be given.
  • Comfortable working under pressure and multi-tasking.
  • A good work ethic.
  • We work on a 4 day week, alternate weekend rota.

What we offer:

  • Hourly pay rate.
  • Competitive holiday entitlement.
  • Training and development to advance your career.
  • Generous staff store discount.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme.

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we’d love to hear from you. Please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.


PLAY & CAFÉ ASSISTANT (MATERNITY COVER)
FULL-TIME, 12 MONTH CONTRACT, WORKING ALTERNATE WEEKENDS

About the role
We are looking for a brilliant and dynamic Play & Café Assistant to assist the Magic Garden Manager in creating a safe, fun and harmonious environment for children and parents to enjoy. You will assist in helping our fun, hardworking and forward-thinking Magic Garden team. Becoming a part of our close knit team means taking ownership from day one and producing a high standard of customer service and other tasks. We are looking for someone to start a successful, rewarding and exciting career with us, our team are continuously working to achieve more and grow with us as the business grows.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • To assist in creating, organising, prepping, planning, and running events and classes.
  • To assist in the café when required, preparing, and serving high quality food and drink, placing orders and working with the restaurant team.
  • To host parties and assist parents in creating a fun and magical day for the Birthday Child & all guests.
  • To help keep the Magic Garden safe by understanding the health and safety measures required.
  • To ensure that children can explore a wide range of experiences, develop friendships, learn and have fun.
  • To ensure parents feel comfortable and relaxed while their children play.
  • To follow policies and procedures set out by Magic Garden & Yarnton Home and Garden alike.
  • Undertake training as required.
  • Undertake any other duties as required from time-to-time.

We are looking for:

  • Previous experience working with young children (desirable).
  • Previous experience hosting parties or events (desirable).
  • Trained barista with relevant food and hygiene certificates (desirable).
  • Friendly and approachable with high energy levels.
  • Positive and relaxed even in high stress situations.
  • Must be able to talk in front of large groups of people.
  • Confident to host a party with activities alone.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Problem solving skills and high expectations, use of initiative.
  • High expectations of customer service.

What we offer:

  • Hourly pay rate.
  • Competitive holiday entitlement.
  • Training and development to advance your career.
  • Generous staff store discount.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme.

This role will be based on a rolling rota of 4 days per week and alternate weekends. Salary is dependent on age and experience. If this sounds like your ideal job, then we’d love to hear from you. Please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to our Soft Play Manager at hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.


PLAY & CAFÉ ASSISTANT (WORKING SUNDAYS)
PART-TIME, PERMANENT

About the role
We are looking for a brilliant and dynamic Play & Café Assistant to assist the Magic Garden Manager in creating a safe, fun and harmonious environment for children and parents to enjoy. You will assist in helping our fun, hardworking and forward-thinking Magic Garden team. Becoming a part of our close knit team means taking ownership from day one and producing a high standard of customer service and other tasks. We are looking for someone to start a successful, rewarding and exciting career with us, our team are continuously working to achieve more and grow with us as the business grows.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • To assist in creating, organising, prepping, planning, and running events and classes.
  • To assist in the café when required, preparing, and serving high quality food and drink, placing orders and working with the restaurant team.
  • To host parties and assist parents in creating a fun and magical day for the Birthday Child & all guests.
  • To help keep the Magic Garden safe by understanding the health and safety measures required.
  • To ensure that children can explore a wide range of experiences, develop friendships, learn and have fun.
  • To ensure parents feel comfortable and relaxed while their children play.
  • To follow policies and procedures set out by Magic Garden & Yarnton Home and Garden alike.
  • Undertake training as required.
  • Undertake any other duties as required from time-to-time.

We are looking for:

  • Previous experience working with young children (desirable).
  • Previous experience hosting parties or events (desirable).
  • Trained barista with relevant food and hygiene certificates (desirable).
  • Friendly and approachable with high energy levels.
  • Positive and relaxed even in high stress situations.
  • Must be able to talk in front of large groups of people.
  • Confident to host a party with activities alone.
  • Excellent written and oral skills.
  • Problem solving skills and high expectations, use of initiative.
  • High expectations of customer service.

What we offer:

  • Hourly pay rate.
  • Competitive holiday entitlement.
  • Training and development to advance your career.
  • Generous staff store discount.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme.

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we’d love to hear from you. Please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to our Soft Play Manager at hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.


GARDEN CENTRE ASSISTANT
FULL-TIME, PERMANENT – WORKING ALTERNATE WEEKENDS

About the role

We are looking to fill this important role with a dynamic and organised Garden Center Assistant. You will be required to have in-depth plant knowledge and help our customers with a range of queries by delivering first class customer service. We are looking for the right person to start an exciting and rewarding career with us.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting Customers with plants & shrubs queries
  • Maintaining a clean and presentable Shop Floor for our customers
  • Sharing your product knowledge with our customers
  • Unloading deliveries and assisting the Visual Merchandising Team to create displays
  • Giving our customers a fantastic and consistent level of customer service.
  • Complete daily task sheets

We are looking for:

The right candidate will be friendly, engaging, self-motivated, flexible, and hardworking with the ability to multi- task and at times work independently. You will be a great problem solver, happy to work in a fast-paced environment and be productive at all times. This role is full time, working alternate weekends.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary.
  • 28 Days holiday.
  • Training and development to advance your career.
  • Generous staff store discount.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme.

If you would like to be part of our fun and growing business, please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to our Plants Manager at hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.


FATHER CHRISTMAS
PART-TIME, TEMPORARY, CONTRACT

About the role

This year, Yarnton Home and Garden wants to create the best Christmas experience yet!

The trepidation and excitement of Christmas is magical for all children. It’s a wonderful time of the year and at the heart of their experience is Father Christmas. Every year he sees thousands of children and each time they leave with smiles on their faces.

From the moment you step into the red suit you’ll be totally focused on the job at hand, regaling stories from the North Pole and asking children about their Christmas list. Whatever question they ask, you’ll ensure that the magic is sprinkled, and the anticipation of Christmas Eve is heightened.

About you
Your confident, kind, and jolly nature will be backed by the ability to say ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ with plenty of enthusiasm. You will also need to be able to engage and build a rapport with people of all ages.

Essential requirements:

  • Excellent communication and customer care skills.

Desirable requirements:

  • Previous experience of working with children.
  • Previous acting / entertainment experience.
  • Experience of sign language would certainly add value to your application.

Hours of Work
You will be contracted to work 2-3 days per week on a flexible basis. This means that your days and hours of work could vary each week, but you will always work your contracted hours. We would also like you to attend any Christmas planning meetings as and when they occur in the lead up to Christmas going ‘live’ at Yarnton Home & Garden.

Due to the sensitive nature of this role, the successful applicant will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) Check. This disclosure, together with other selection information, will need to be satisfactory to the Company for employment to commence.

Please note this is a fixed-term 6-week contract from 12th November 2022 until 24 December 2022.

If this sounds like your ideal job, then we’d love to hear from you. Please note, this vacancy may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received. Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged. Please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to our Operations Manager at hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.


CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE ASSISTANT
FULL-TIME,  PERMANENT

About Yarnton Home & Garden

Yarnton Home & Garden is a vibrant home and garden store located just north of Oxford. The business has undergone expansion over the last few years, and we are on the lookout for positive and energetic people to take the business confidently into the future.

About the role

We are looking for a brilliant and dynamic Customer Experience Assistant to join our fun, hardworking and forward-thinking Customer Experience team in our ever-expanding garden centre. This role is working 80 hours over 2 weeks, working alternate weekends.

Yarnton Home & Garden is a garden centre undergoing a huge transformation and we are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help take our centre to the next level.

Our team are continuously working to achieve more and grow with us as the business grows. Becoming a part of our close-knit team means taking ownership from day one and producing a high standard of customer service and other tasks. We are looking for someone to start a successful, rewarding, and exciting career with us.

Main Responsibilities will include:

  • Go the extra mile for our customers, making sure they have an amazing experience with us.
  • Providing customers with amazing customer service while processing transactions at our Garden and Home tills.
  • Share knowledge and experience with colleagues to help support others in building confidence.
  • Supporting the retail team with shop floor duties, as and when required.
  • Raising and feeding back any customer comments with your line manager.
  • At times, you may be required to support other departments due to business needs.

We are looking for:

  • Strong communicators who are confident to liaise across departments.
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • No experience necessary as full training will be given.
  • Comfortable working under pressure and multi-tasking.
  • A good work ethic.
  • Will involve working weekends

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary (hourly).
  • Competitive holiday entitlement.
  • Training and development to advance your career.
  • Generous staff store discount.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme.

 

If you would like to be part of our fun and growing business, please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to our Customer Experience Manager at hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.


SHOP FLOOR SALES ASSISTANT
FULL-TIME, PERMANENT – WORKING ALTERNATE WEEKENDS

About Yarnton Home & Garden

Yarnton Home & Garden is a vibrant home and garden store located just north of Oxford. The business has undergone transformation and expansion over the last few years, and we are on the lookout for positive, enthusiastic, and energetic people to take the business confidently into the future.

About the role

We are looking to fill this important role with a dynamic and organised Shop Floor Retail Sales Assistant. You will be required to gain in-depth product knowledge and help our customers across a range of areas on the shop floor by delivering first class customer service. We are looking for the right person to start an exciting and rewarding career with us.

Main Responsibilities will include:

  • Becoming proficient using our Epos system.
  • Maintaining a clean and presentable Shop Floor for our customers.
  • Sharing your product knowledge with our customers.
  • Unloading deliveries and assisting the Visual Merchandising Team to create displays.
  • Giving our customers a fantastic and consistent level of customer service.
  • Complete daily task sheets.

We are looking for:

The right candidate will be friendly, engaging, self-motivated, flexible, and hardworking with the ability to multi- task and at times work independently. You will be a great problem solver, happy to work in a fast-paced environment and be productive at all times. This role is full time, working alternate weekends.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary.
  • Competitive holiday entitlement.
  • Training and development to advance your career.
  • Generous staff store discount.
  • Stakeholder pension scheme.

If you would like to be part of our fun and growing business, please email a covering letter and CV, quoting the job title as the subject, to our Customer Experience Manager at hello@yarntonhomegarden.co.uk.