Permanent | Full time | Castlemaine

Retail nurseries

Are you looking for your next career opportunity in retail, leading our dynamic and diverse ASQ Garden & Landscape Castlemaine team?

Permanent, Full-time role
Competitive Salary + Super | Offers workplace flexibility
Challenging and rewarding leadership role in a family-owned and operated business
Ability to work weekends and public holidays as required
Location: Castlemaine, VIC

Company Overview

ASQ is a locally owned, family-operated business which has been servicing Central Victoria since 1970. ASQ Garden & Landscape is a locally owned and operated business supplying a large range of landscaping and horticultural needs for the novice gardener through to the professional landscaper. Operating three unique sites across Central Victoria, our landscape supply yards and garden nurseries located in Bendigo/ Eaglehawk, Castlemaine and Maryborough are presented and maintained to the highest industry standard. Our sites are operated by professional, qualified staff who deliver expert advice, knowledge and services to our retail and trade customers.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a culture of safety first; ensuring compliance with ASQ policies and procedures (Operational and Workplace Health, Safety and Environment) and ensuring workers adhere to such policies and procedures.
  • Leading a diverse team of horticulturalist, sales/nursery assistants, café baristas, yard workers and operators
  • Daily operations of the site efficiently and effectively; providing direction and collaborating with Marketing Consultant on site promotions, site maintenance and store appearance, stock Control, on call for alarm company call outs/ issues, asset management and invoice approvals.
  • Participating in workforce planning, identifying staffing needs, managing recruitment and induction of staff, staff rostering, performance reviews and management, training, developing and mentoring supervisors and workers.
  • Monitoring and reporting on sales and purchases; negotiating with suppliers, managing and maintaining pricing database, providing direction on product lines and cost-effective solutions for the site.
  • Ensure costs are kept within the budget for the site cost centre.
  • Working with the team in delivering sales and KPI objectives.

Key Selection Criteria

1.Demonstrated leadership and people management experience, with the ability to guide, motivate and develop a team.
2.Must have proven retail management experience.
3.Relevant tertiary qualification – Horticulture Degree, Management or Business qualification, or equivalent. A combination of education and experience is desirable.
4.Knowledge/experience in nursery and landscape products (desirable)
5.Experience with Point-Of-Sale (POS) systems
6.Safety conscious, strong work ethic, organisational and problem-solving skills
7.Detail-oriented with a commitment to delivering high-quality work.
8.Highly developed customer service, time management, interpersonal, communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
9.Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines/customer requirements
10.Ability to work weekends and public holidays as required.

For information on the role kindly click here to download the Position Description –  PD Site Manager CM_2023(2).pdf (

Closing date

31 July 2024

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