Come and join the team here at tong garden centre


We are an exciting Destination Centre located on the Leeds/Bradford Border with easy access from the motorways and with on-site parking. We offer a fast moving, dynamic and welcoming team environment. We are continuing to grow and develop so this role has career opportunities for the right person. The team has grown from 45 to 170 people and we have built a strong reputation as a part of the local community.

What’s it like to work here?

If we were to tell you that our aim is to be one of the best employers across the UK, then hopefully that goes some way to demonstrate our commitment to our People and Culture, which is why we have a dedicated People and Culture team at Tong Garden Centre.

Their purpose is to attract, recruit, engage and develop the best people into our business.

Neil Barwise - Head of People and Culture

Meet Neil, our Head of People and Culture (pictured in the centre) who ensures that we have a culture which is focused on our 6 core Values:

Our Values



We are proud to work here and always give a warm, friendly ‘’Yorkshire’’ welcome to everyone

We have a ‘can do’ attitude and find solutions to any problem

We work in a proffesional way with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment

We love to ‘get stuck in’ and react positively towards change



We take responsibility for our work and ownership of our actions - making sure we deliver on our promises

We own our mistakes and learn from them

We take pride in our work, producing the best of our ability

We pass on knowledge to help others make the right decision or to do the right thing



We are respectful, courteous and considerate towards everyone and everything

We take pride in delivering the needs of others

We respect and care for the environment we work in

We are open minded and non judgemental



We give honest advice and feedback in a sincere and genuine way

We are consistent and reliable in our approach

We make time for others when they need us the most

We are inquisitive and ask questions to give the right advice



We use our knowledge and experience to educate each other

There is no ‘faffin’ here, just giving 100% of our effort, every day

We strive to learn and grow - just like our pots and plants

We lead by example at all times

We settle for ‘Great’



Our approach is ‘Your team is my team, and my team is your team’

We help and support each other to provide a great experience for everyone

We communicate clearly and effectively with each other so things run smoothly

We are resourceful and versatile in our approach

If you think these behaviours match who you are and the kind of place you are looking to work, then get in touch.


What are the benefits of working at Tong?

Here are a few of the great benefits of working for us:

- A great, fun, friendly working environment

- Growing staff facilities, with new facilities planned for 2020/21

- Up to 33%* staff discount in store (*Discount varies across the store, including concessions)

- Family and friend open days

- Free car parking

- Colleague recognition schemes

- Pension contributions

- Bonus* (*depending on the level of your role)

- A strong set of Values and great behaviours

- Opportunity to work remotely* (*where your role allows it)

- Opportunity for company sponsored development

- Various staff events

These are just the start, we are constantly reviewing our employee offering as we aim to become one of the best employers in the UK.


What teams do we have?

There are many of us that make up a great team, here is a summary of each department:

Grasshoppers (Play Team) – If you love working with children, then Grasshoppers would be the place for you! We have a huge indoor and outdoor play area for the kids to have fun while those looking after them get some time to relax and have a bite to eat in our Play Restaurant.

Restaurant – we have a lovely restaurant which caters for everyone, all day. Our restaurant and kitchen teams ensure that all our visitors are well fed and watered with some delicious treats whenever they visit us. Here is a sneak peak at what it’s like to work with the restaurant team…

Retail – Our retail team is made up of Till and Customer Services, Food Hall (including our very own Butchers, Bakers and Deli), Giftware, Garden Sundries, Furniture and our outdoor Plants and Warehouse teams. We also have our famous Christmas and Grotto during the winter months, so if you love Christmas, you’ll love us even more!

Head office – we also have a number of head office functions to help us perform at our best, those being Accounts, Marketing, People and Culture and Commercial team.

All available jobs at Tong Garden Centre will be displayed below, for details of how to apply, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Tong Garden Centre Job Feed

  1. Supervisor (Grass Hoppers)


    Are you the kind of person who loves ensuring things run to schedule? Do you love working with a team, encouraging and motivating them to be their best? Then this role could be perfect for you.

    With our new and improved play area, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that there is a smooth and quick turnaround for all of the play sessions, whilst ensuring that we deliver an exceptional experience for our visitors – all with the support of our Assistants.

    As Supervisor you’ll be required to help manage in the absence of our Play Manager, so you must be comfortable with managing a team, therefore previous experience in a supervisory role is required. 

    You will also need to handle any customer feedback and ensure that our high play standards are maintained.

    Click on the title to apply, we are excited to hear from you.

    This is a full-time role, however your work pattern will vary depending on business needs. This is something that can be discussed during the interview process, however there will be a requirement to work alternate weekends.

    Click on the title to apply for this amazing opportunity, we are excited to hear from you. 

  2. Kitchen Assistant


    We are looking for the next members of our expanding Kitchen team at Tong Garden Centre to help us achieve our ambition of being the BEST garden centre and destination centre, for all the family, in Yorkshire.

    We are looking for people who are want permanent / part-time work to join our Kitchen team.

    THE ROLE (warts and all):

             1)       KITCHEN ASSISTANT (19.25 hours per week)

    Week 1: Wednesday 1100-1500, Saturday 0800-16.30, Sunday 08.30-1600 = 19hours

           Week 2: Monday 1000-14.30, Tuesday 1000-14.30, Wednesday 1000-16.30, Thursday 1000-14.30 = 19 ½hour


    Being honest - this is not for the faint-hearted. We can be serving between 150 and 200 meals in one 2.5-hour time slot. You'll be on your feet for most of the shift and a lot of our food is sandwiches, jacket potatoes, paninis and pizzas.

    There will be some cooking, but recipes will be given, but ultimately, we are looking for a good all-rounder.

    There are lots of things to do but if you love this fast-paced environment and have similar experience to what we are looking for, then we want to hear from you.

    Ideally, you’ll have two years’ experience in a similar role and love to be in a busy working environment. Perhaps you have worked in a fast food chain, or busy kitchen?

    To reiterate - These is a demanding role so you must be comfortable working fast and being on your feet a lot of the time (15,000 steps a day!), but we know you’ll love working with our team of superstars!

To apply for one of the roles advertised above, pleased click on the job title and then following the link. Alternatively if there aren’t any roles of interest, you can send your CV and a covering letter to

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