Assistant Buyer and Accounts Administrator – £13 to £15 per hour – Newton Abbot

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Head Office Newton Abbot

Job description

We are the most successful retail garden centre business in the southwest and we continue to grow and strengthen.

This is an immediate start position that would suit someone who can join our successful team within a short period and take advantage of full training in all aspects of the role. This role is to join the head office team and help run our Buying and Accounts departments, processing and reporting for our retail stores and nursery. This role is being introduced to learn multiple aspects of our head office team in order to give us ample holiday and peak season cover.

The successful candidate must have a very high level for attention to detail and be able to organise and manage their time efficiently. A problem-solving approach is key to navigate and overcome challenges with critical thinking and practical solutions.

Excellent opportunity for someone who wants to progress in their career and is willing to learn multiple aspects of our successful business. We can offer excellent career opportunities for applicants looking for a long term career path with secure permanent employment which would include in depth training in a large range of office tasks. We have a varied range of managers who have extensive experience and are wanting to help develop the right candidate in their career.

The role includes the following duties:

  • Processing and checking delivery notes / invoices/ etc for approval and in preparation of payments
  • Sourcing and purchasing various sundries
  • Organising and chasing deliveries
  • Learning and covering the processing of our four weekly payroll
  • Reconciling the bank account
  • Carrying out day to day tasks within the buying team
  • Processing petty cash receipts
  • Allocating uniforms
  • Organise and manage the disposal of assets
  • Assisting on a range of issues and supporting all of our head office as the link between departments.

This is a varied role that will allow you to gain experience in many departments and would suit an individual who is keen to progress in their career. Buying and accounts experience is preferred but isn’t required however strong computer skills are essential for this role. Applicants also need strong attention to detail and excellent time management skills to ensure that all deadlines are met and that their days are organised. This role is designed to support the business and the directors while providing sickness and holiday cover where appropriate. With the company planning to continue expansion further, this role has plenty of opportunity for growth.

Skills and experience required for this role are:

  • Highly organised
  • Very Good I.T. skills / computer experience with good knowledge of excel spread sheets and word documents
  • Good levels of English – both spoken and written
  • Ability to work within a team
  • Ability to time manage and prioritise
  • Previous accounting or EPOS experience is an advantage

Details of this role:

  • The role would require applicants to work Monday to Friday with occasional shop floor support needed on key trading weekends throughout the year – flexibility to help is an advantage
  • The position is located at our Head office in Newton Abbot (working from home is not suitable for this role)
  • We can offer £13 to £15 per hour with flexibility to work 35 hours to 40 hours per week – exact working hours to be agreed. This equates to £27,000 to £31,000 per year.
  • Holiday is pro rata based on hours worked – approx. 28 days
  • The role will be supported by full on-site training by our experienced head office team
  • We can offer excellent career opportunities for applicants looking for a long term career path with secure permanent employment.

We carry out regular performance reviews and can offer very competitive pay rates in line with your progression.

Please note: Previous employers will be contacted for references and feedback.

How to Apply for this role

  • Please send your CV (and a covering letter if available) as soon as possible. We will only respond to applicants who we wish to interview.
  • Interviews will be held within the following few days and weeks
  • The interview process will be informal and friendly and involve completion of an application form and an in-depth chat about the roles on offer
  • There is no closing date for this position unless the position is filled

Job Types: Permanent, Full-time

Salary: £13.00-£15.00 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Newton Abbot: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred)

Work Location: In person

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