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 have some GREAT feedback about one of our team members, click the link below and let us know which of our Values they demonstrated.


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. Warehouse Assistant

    Warehouse assistant

    Are you the kind of person who loves to plan and organise? Do you love to find solutions to problems? Do you have previous warehouse experience? Then this could be the perfect role for you.

    We are looking for someone to join our busy Warehouse team to ensure that we deliver an accurate stock file. 

    We currently have 3 warehouses to host our vast amount of stock, and that has potential to become even bigger as we continue to grow and expand. The key areas of the role are to ensure that stock is accurately recorded into the Warehouse and that our stock records are up to date.

    So what do we need from you?

    =        Previous experience of working in a large warehouse or multiple warehouses

    =        Forklift licence would be advantegous 

    =        Previous experience of working on stock software and databases would be useful

    =        Someone who is a grafter!

    Day to day you’ll check emails to review orders made by our buying team, check deliveries have a purchase order, arrange deliveries from suppliers and then when stock arrives, check everything is correct - so attention to detail is essential. You need to be comfortable with being on your feet most of the day and working hard as we can get multiple deliveries each day.

    You’ll be contracted to work 40 hours per week, 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. Chef (Second)

    CHEF (second)

    We are looking for a Second Chef to run help run our brand-new Mezzanine Restaurant, which is set to open early October 2020!

    Taking a lead role in operating our main Kitchen, you’ll be responsible for ensuring our catering offering is a GREAT one, with support from our Head Chef.

    The Mezzanine will be a different setting from our Restaurant, with a more refined selection when it comes to our breakfast, brunch and main meals, as well as a GREAT selection of patisseries.

    Ideally, we are looking for a GREAT all-round Chef, preferably with some patisserie experience, although this will only be around 30% of the role.

    Previous experience in a similar role and working in a fast-paced kitchen environment is essential. You’ll also need to have the appropriate food safety qualification.

    You’ll be supporting the Head Chef in delivering excellent service and ensuring that all Health and Safety standards are met at all times, as well as ensuring all due diligence files are completed and signed.

    You’ll also contribute, as and when necessary, to the improvement/changes to the menu, production methods and environment.

    Overall, we are looking for a GREAT team player who is aligned to our Values – so make sure you’ve had a read over these before you apply.

    This will be a full-time role, working 39.5 hours each week (usually 0830-1700), where we aim to ensure you have every other weekend off.

  3. Kitchen Assistant


    We are looking for a number of Kitchen Assistants to work in our brand-new Mezzanine Restaurant, which is set to open early October 2020!

    The Mezzanine will be a different setting from our Restaurant, with a more refined selection when it comes to our breakfast, brunch and main meals, as well as a GREAT selection of patisseries.

    You’ll be supporting our Head Chef and Chef in the general preparation of all our food menu items.

    Previous experience of working in a fast-paced kitchen environment, with food preparation experience, would be preferred, while it is essential you have the appropriate food safety qualification.

    Overall, we are looking for GREAT team players who are aligned to our Values – so make sure you’ve had a read over these before you apply.

    These will be part-time roles, working approx 30 hours each week (usually between 0830-1700), where we aim to ensure you have every other weekend off.

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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