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Careers

We’re Recruiting!

Shorts Group are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and hard working individuals to join the team. With a diverse range of roles across the business, we are looking for candidates with a variety of skills and experience.

If you would like to apply for any of the jobs listed below, please send your CV and a covering letter to HR@​shorts-​agricultural.​co.​uk quoting the job reference and job title you are applying for.

Agency submissions are by invitation only.

Available jobs:

  • Assist with preparations for day ahead.
  • General labouring and support on construction site.
  • Conduct checks & operate machines (Dumpers/​forklift) (if assigned). 
  • Keeping supervisors updated with task progress and issues etc .
  • General site cleaning and cleaning of roads outside of site when needed.
  • Reclaim all materials as instructed where possible from site, and assist with preparing materials/​load in advance of next day.
  • Any other ad hoc duties as required.

Person Specification:

Qualifications/​requirements include: Driving License, knowledge of relevant construction/​health and safety policies and procedures. Dumper & Telehandler ticket beneficial.

  • Self-motivated.
  • Possesses can do attitude. 
  • Good communication skills within team and with customers, contractors etc.
  • Work effectively in teams and be able to work co-operatively. Be open to learning opportunities.
  • Physically able to perform manual demolition tasks. 
  • Open to change and adaptable.

We are seeking to appoint an External Works Operative with proven experience to work within our Earthworks team dealing with both commercial and domestic clients.

You will possess strong technical skills, a high degree of personal responsibility and will be expected to competently undertake ground works, commercial hard landscape, fencing, brick, block construction, fencing and carpentry. 

  • Setting out of the site using precision and accuracy.
  • Use of laser level for setting out, height measurements etc.
  • Installation of brick paving, natural stone paving and block paving.
  • Installation of linear fencing, and screens.
  • Installation of carpentry and timber.
  • Installation of block and brickwork.
  • Concreting and screeding.
  • Installation of timber work /​carpentry /​fencing.
  • Machine use – 360 excavators – Dumpers – Telehandlers.

Person Specification

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in commercial, construction operations.
  • To be self-motivated, organised and pro-active.
  • Good communication skills within the team and customers, contractors.
  • Ability to work on own initiative, efficiently in teams and be able to work co-operatively.
  • The ability to adhere to strict health & safety procedures
  • The ability to adhere to company rules and procedures regarding tools, equipment and machinery.
  • A sound knowledge in all aspects of the landscaping /​construction industry.
  • Liaise with the client when required. 
  • Ensure that all works are carried out in accordance with the specification /​contract drawing, briefs from Managers and clients.
  • Have experience in all aspects of external works, commercial hard landscape, drainage, groundworks and construction of roadways. 
  • Digestate and slurry spreading/​injection,
  • Fertiliser, and Lime Spreading including variable rate application
  • Spraying Experience would be an advantage
  • Hay Silage Making: 
  • Baling: (large square balers)
  • Grassland Maintenance
  • Hedge cutting
  • Muck and compost spreading 
  • Cultivation /​Ploughing
  • Drilling (Maize and grassland)
  • Amenity Services: maintenance of sports grounds 
  • Hauling machines and products using tractors and trailers 
  • Operating JCB Tele-handlers 
  • Repair and maintenance to machinery
  • Any other ad-hoc duties as directed by management.

Person Specification:

  • Qualifications/​requirements include Telehandler (spraying certificate would be an advantage) qualification to NPORS Standard with knowledge of relevant agricultural health and safety policies and procedures. 
  • Experienced in operations described above 
  • Ability to use and embrace GPS Steering and mapping technology 
  • Self-motivated.
  • Possesses can do attitude. Be flexible and adaptable including to seasonal variations to hours worked. Willing to work long unsociable hours at busy periods during the year as and when required.
  • A good mechanical aptitude and able to carry out relevant repairs
  • Good communication skills within team and with customers, contractors etc.
  • Work effectively in teams and be able to work co-operatively. 
  • Physically able to perform manual work.

Shorts Agricultural Services Ltd (SASL) is a multi-disciplined contracting business covering Agriculture, Sports and Amenity, Earthworks with small civils and has circa 300 acres managed in hand. Our client base is widespread, from Farming and estate clients through Golf Courses and Polo Clubs and a myriad of smaller ad hoc customers. We have a good number of high-profile customers, as such customer service and quality work is at the heart of what we do.

  • Responsible for the development of the Company, identify opportunities for organic growth and set and lead strategic objectives.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations and management of divisions. Ensures divisions are profitable, sustainable and manage risk.
  • Accountable for compliance across operational divisions, ensuring all regulatory requirements are met.
  • Drive and shape business development and understand emerging trends to identify commercial market opportunities. Create/​drive a 5‑year strategic plan. Initiate and define projects as appropriate.
  • Communicate with MD regarding significant opportunities and risks. Communicate with direct reports on matters of organisational importance.
  • Support divisions in quoting for work (with pricing strategy and customer requirements). Analyse results/​feedback.
  • Proactively find and generate sales opportunities and customer meetings. Working with customers to understand requirements, meet their needs and to ensure our services are delivered on time and budget.
  • Process improvement across existing business systems and structures.
  • Lead and develop heads of departments and work with them to grow the business, formulating strategies and plans (including resource planning and efficiency). Understand individual staff members strengths for strategic planning and weaknesses for development.
  • Full ownership of the Agricultural P&L, ensuring completeness and accuracy of revenues (with timely billing). Maximise efficiency and cost savings. 
  • Improve and ensure that company systems and processes are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth.

Person Specification:

  • Understanding farming and earthwork operations is essential, as is the challenges, mindset and buying habits of a well-informed customer base of farming professionals.
  • Knowledge of relevant agricultural health and safety legislation.
  • Confident, effective people management skills. Focused on achieving business goals and optimising team abilities and contributions (motivating and developing).
  • Exceptional communication at all levels.
  • Commercially astute, articulate, technically strong, dynamic, insightful and influential leader with the ability to operate at both strategic and operational levels.
  • Strong IT skills (MS Office, Industry specific software would be beneficial).
  • Strong financial skills with formulation of/​adherence to budget.
  • Ability to handle high levels of pressure, conflict, and critical decision-making.
  • Strong commercial acumen and business development/​sales driven. Ability to understand customer needs. 
  • Excellent market knowledge, using analytical tools and data to plan and forecast, be up to speed with market trends and the competitive landscape. 
  • Self-motivated. Possesses can do attitude. Advocate of change.
  • Driven for business development and improvement. 
  • Must possess a high degree of planning and organisational skills.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations and management of Groundworks team (duties and resourcing and development for current and planned work). 
  • Proactively find and generate sales opportunities and customer meetings. 
  • Actively quote for work (with support as required with pricing strategy and customer requirements). Analyse results/​feedback.
  • Working with customers to understand requirements, meet their needs and to ensure our services are delivered on time and budget.
  • Provide exceptional account management to our new and existing clients.
  • Working with P&L (budgets) and ensure revenue processes accurately maintained.
  • Estimating Bills of Materials (BOMS)
  • Maintain database of standard cost allowances and cost assumptions.
  • Process improvement across existing business systems and structures.
  • Operation of any plant and equipment as required.
  • Any other ad-hoc duties as requested by Director.

Person Specification:

  • Understanding earth/​groundwork functions (site work, clearance, ditching, digger activities) and agricultural operations.
  • Strong commercial/​business acumen and sales development driven. Excellent negotiation and closing skills.
  • Knowledge of relevant health and safety policies and procedures. 
  • IT literate – MS Office, Industry specific software.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Works efficiently and calmly under pressure.
  • Be open to and encourage change and development.
  • Be proactive and constructive in problem solving and conflict management.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, approachable, and professional.
  • Must possess a high degree of planning and organisational skills.
  • Operate and maintain the JCB loading shovel.
  • Operate and maintain the Doppstadt & Pronar screeners.
  • Work within the site and company H&S policies.
  • Move/​turn ground materials as per instruction from the site foreman or manager.
  • Manage windrows under PAS 100 rules for size and spacing.
  • Screen compost to make products.
  • Blend products.
  • Load materials into trucks/​trailers. Use the weigh loader fitted to the loading shovel.
  • Help out with sorting waste during busy periods. 
  • Operate JCB telehandler.
  • Use static and Mobile atomiser system.
  • Use irrigation system.
  • Use SLC compost manager.
  • Accept and sort green waste in reception area.
  • Carry out odour” walks and record details as and when asked.
  • Any other adhoc duties as requested by manager.

Person Specification:

  • Knowledge of relevant agricultural and site health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Experienced in all machinery operations 
  • Self-motivated.
  • Possesses can do attitude. Be flexible and adaptable. 
  • Good communication skills within team and with customers, contractors etc.
  • Work effectively in teams and be able to work co-operatively. 
  • Physically able to perform manual work.