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Working with The Watercress Company

We are in a very fortunate position to be developing our business and therefore recruiting new talent.

Over the years we have learnt to look beyond direct experience and build on natural staff ability as in reality there are only so many people that already know how to grow watercress or baby leaf salads! We focus on looking for the right characters first and then dedicate time and energy into training and personal development to get the result we need.

Our staff retention is excellent and we enjoy developing our teams to achieve personal and business goals.

We list our available positions below as they come available but it is always worth contacting us if you would like us to consider you for future positions.

There is a season staff requirement every year from April till October so if you are looking for a season job it is definitely worth contacting us with your details.

We have a company vision which gives you an idea of how we go about our business in four simple stages:

  • Develop new innovations that will improve quality, service, sales, and most importantly add value for our customers.
  • Communicate our passion for development and dedication to be the very best at what we do.
  • Build trusted relationships throughout our business and ensure all members of staff are suitably challenged, motivated to succeed and then rewarded for their efforts.
  • Provide sustainable investment by ensuring we always have a measurable benefit to all improvements.

    • Current Vacancies

      Harvest Manager, UK Baby leaf Crops

      To predict, plan and co-ordinate the harvest of baby leaf salad crops, ensuring that the quality standards demanded by our customers are achieved. Work to improve crop quality and efficiency in production in conjunction with the production manager.

      Reporting to : Production Manager

      Key Tasks and Accountabilities:
      • Supervise a team of 6 staff mechanically harvesting baby leaf salad crops.
      • Assist with training, welfare and management of harvest staff.
      • Plan efficient daily use of equipment
      • Interpret the requirements of the sales and distribution team and TWC customers
      • Assist with crop forecasts and crop quality assessments
      • Effective communication with TWC sales, distribution and crop production
      • Machinery maintenance
      • Record keeping
      • Assist with NPD, innovation and trials.

      Measurements (KPIs)
      • Crop forecast accuracy, kg harvested vs kg forecast
      • Reducing field derived rejections
      • Staff relations and performance
      • Product development
      • Agronomic development.

      Skills & Attributes
      • Attention to detail and ability to visualise in broad scale setting
      • Numerical skills
      • Skilled on Excel and competent in MS Office
      • Mechanical aptitude
      • Effective communicator
      • Sustain enthusiasm during seasonal hrs

      If you are interested in applying for this role please email us with your CV at or apply in writing to Lynne Ronaldson, The Watercress Company, Waddock, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QY.

      Apprenticeship Scheme

      We are offering a 2 year apprenticeship within the Watercress team at Alresford in Hampshire.

      The apprenticeship is offering one day per week at Sparsholt College following the NVQ 1, 2 and 3 level qualification in Horticulture and will run for up to 2 years depending on skills and experience.

      This apprenticeship offers the chance to work for the leading supplier of salad and watercress to the UK’s main supermarkets and the only supplier of Wasabi in all of Europe. It provides the opportunity to work with modern production equipment and gain an insight into large scale growing of watercress and wasabi.

      You will ideally need a full driving license and reside locally to the farms in order to meet the early daily start requirements of the role. Due to the nature of activities performed, some tasks can be physically demanding and therefore a good level of physical fitness is required. You will also be required to work in an outdoor environment all year round.

      This position would ideally suit 16-20 year olds with a desire to work in a rural environment and pursue a career in agriculture/horticulture.

      All applications in writing to Lynne Ronaldson, The Watercress Company, Waddock Cross, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QY or via email at

      For further information please read the full job description.