HEAD GARDENER & LANDSCAPER – RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

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Our client is seeking an experienced Head Gardener/Landscape Designer who can take ownership of 70,000 square meters of gardens which were laid almost 35 years ago, and are presently made up of mostly lawns, shaped hedges and palms.

The primary responsibility of the candidate will be to invigorate both the gardens and the existing gardening team, so they can be simultaneously lifted to a higher aesthetic level……

Set on the crest of a huge rocky valley, there is huge potential to turn these gardens into something quite spectacular, so for this reason we are looking for someone who has the determination and tenacity to take-on, what will be a vast yet rewarding project.

The candidate will need to embrace the management and design of the landscape, will work closely with the principals, while taking full responsibility for the gardeners and contractors.

A proven track record in design and landscaping and a detailed and proven knowledge of horticultural practice, the indigenous plants of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula, combined with experience of working in an arid/desert climate will all be essential.

Furthermore, you will need strong people skills and a real desire to nurture and educate the current team of 10 gardeners and 3 employees who look after the care of the palms, who are hardworking and dedicated but are somewhat lacking in knowledge, skill and/or the requisite eye-for-detail. Maximising the potential of the existing team will be vital if the regeneration of these gardens is to suceed.

JOB REFERENCE

#8292

SALARY

DOE

CURRENCY

GBP

LOCATION

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

POSITION

Head Gardener

ACCOMMODATION OFFERED

Yes

LOOKING FOR COUPLE

Yes

TYPE OF HOUSEHOLD

Titled Family, Formal Household

EXPERIENCE

1 - 4 years

LANGUAGE

English

DRIVING LICENCE

Yes

PREFER NON SMOKER

Yes

VALID DBS

Yes

Roles and Responsibilities

Duties

  • Full management responsibility for the existing gardeners and contractors
  • Review and develop current working practices
  • Introduce a work programme and training programme for the garden team
  • Develop sustainable practices
  • Develop a planting programme and purchase of indigenous species
  • Budget and stock control
  • Purchase and maintenance of equipment and supplies
  • Health and safety assessment and remedial work

Accommodation

Salary will be D.O.E

Expat conditions will be provided, based on a standard 2-year contract (renewable)

Entry Requirements

Skills

  • Details knowledge qualifications in design and landscaping
  • Resourceful strong character gained from working in other senior roles
  • Adaptability and flexibility, to juggle a range of different tasks
  • Strong communicator, who can interact with people of every social level
  • High standards of presentation and manic attention to detail
  • Horticultural qualifications
  • Previous experience working in the Middle East is prerequisite

The head gardener is expected to have worked at the highest level and will be able to prove they are top of their discipline. This is a fantastic opportunity for a qualified, experienced and enthusiastic person, who is keen and able to create something from the ground up…..

For the right candidate, there may be the opportunity to manage the landscaping at other properties in Jeddah and abroad, along with Farms and commercial properties in KSA

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