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Mid Sussex General Manager

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GENERAL MANAGER - Grounds Maintenance and Countryside Management

Mid Sussex

What can Glendale offer you?

You will be joining a company that can offer valuable career prospects and believes in investing in its people.

Up to £50,000 + excellent benefits

Glendale has a truly great new opportunity for a General Manager based in Mid Sussex on one of the most forward-thinking, ambitious and unique contracts in the market.

Glendale is one of the largest green space management service providers in the UK and specialises in tree care and management, grounds maintenance and landscaping for more information visit We are a green business with “green thinking” at the core of everything we do. We have been at the forefront of green services provision since 1989 and offer innovative solutions for the management and maintenance of the green environment.

Embark on a remarkable career journey with an industry leader, overseeing a strategically significant contract. This role encompasses a comprehensive array of services, ranging from grounds maintenance for major parks and open spaces to the care of tennis courts, cricket squares, bowling greens, play areas, outdoor gyms, and skateparks, along with the management of four Green Flag parks.

The role also encompasses the management of Countryside space and linked activities as well as promoting and encouraging community involvement of all stakeholders and residents.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a proven track record in managing large grounds maintenance and countryside teams, driving productivity, ensuring service quality, and fostering continuous improvement. This hands-on role involves on-site team monitoring, swift issue resolution, and overall responsibility for contract accounts and reporting.

We seek candidates with strong organizational skills and experience in people and contract management, coupled with a genuine passion for parks, conservation, countryside assets and the natural environment. Exceptional leadership, enthusiasm, effective people management, and communication skills are paramount. A horticultural qualification, proficiency in IT and field management systems and a strategic outlook for continuous improvement are essential.


A nationally recognised academic qualification to at least NVQ Level 3 or equivalent, for example:

  • the National Certificate (BTEC or EdExcel) NVQ Level 3 or

  • the Advanced National Certificate, or

  • the National Diploma

Or equivalent experience in the grounds maintenance sector

A full, clean, driving licence is an essential requirement for this role.


Specific skills include

  • Good financial and medium-term planning skills as well as clear-sighted operational management awareness

  • Good accounting, IT (Google Workspace) and written skills and the ability to produce professional reports and documents

  • Have an understanding and appreciation of field management systems

  • Demonstrable range of people management skills

  • Strong Health & Safety culture and awareness

Personal Qualities

Among the personal characteristics sought will be


  • A completer/finisher with excellent attention to detail.

  • The credibility derived from a professional attitude, work ethic and commitment, which will gain acceptance from peers, clients and staff

  • A person with flexibility in style and thinking with an open approachable personality

  • Strong relationship-building skills coupled with excellent communication skills to deal sympathetically and with empathy in all public interface situations.

  • A personality with presence and stature who is strong on planning and time management

  • A motivated approach

  • Clear identification with the requirements of a customer

  • Good presentation skills

  • The ability to identify opportunities for the Company

  • Currently, or committed to, living within 45 minutes of Haywards Heath on employment.

  • Incremental annual leave

  • Free gym membership for you and a nominated person

  • Employee health cash plan

  • Employee discount portal - discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out, leisure activities and your day-to-day spending

  • Cycle to Work scheme

  • Pension Scheme

  • Company sick pay

  • Career progression

  • Training and development

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If you are interested in applying for this role, we suggest that you do so at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment as interviews will be held throughout the process. Please note that if you have yet to receive correspondence within 21 days then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.