Country Manager – Island of Ireland


My client, Hygeia, is currently looking for a Country Manager to join their growing team. Founded in 1939, Hygeia is an ambitious, progressive, and innovative business with a strong focus on customer satisfaction. Based in Oranmore, Galway, the business operates across three industries of Gardencare, Plant Protection Products for Agri / Amenity and Veterinary. The businesses geographic footprint stretches across the ROI, NI, GB and France. Hygeia’s ambition to lead in the business areas it operates in and houses brands including Mosgo, Green Force, Lawn Gold, Goulding and Nature Safe as well as partners brands.



The core driver at Hygeia is “getting it right first time”. This applies to all parts of the business, and they constantly challenge themselves to meet this goal. Their mission is to lead their business categories through careful evolution, focused on changing the norms and challenging themselves to look into the future for the needs of tomorrow.  Hygeia have set ambitious growth and innovation targets. They have nurtured a culture where the team is encouraged to continuously challenge themselves in terms of sales and advanced standards of excellence. They have built a team of high achievers in the different areas of the business, who continuously collaborate and who promote achievements and success within the business across all the departments. It is a ‘One Team’ business, where they all contribute to growing and shaping Hygeia together.

The Role


The role reports to the CEO and is part of the senior management team of the business.

  • Set out the strategic vision and plan with delivery of same for the gardencare business on the IOI in line with company objectives and ambition
  • Own the responsibility of business development, profitability and growth
  • Lead and coach the Area Managers with clarity, direction and momentum to achieve the strategic objectives of the business. You will have 8 direct reports.
  • Set out annual budgets on revenues and gross margin with delivery on same
  • Capable and a conscientious self-starter who is task and results orientated with sound business awareness and an ability to assess what is important to the business and will deliver results
  • Identify new customer and sales channel opportunities
  • Credible, good business presence. Excellent negotiation skills for meeting and working through trading issues
  • Develop strong commercial relationships with all customers
  • Working closely with the Marketing Manager execute the annual gardencare marketing plans
  • Work with the Technical Director and wider team to identify new product opportunities that meet consumer need and category growth objectives
  • Be a key member of the innovation team
  • Analytical and fact-based approach to business building
  • Excellent Presentation skills. Strong Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Numeric skills for data analysis
  • Organised and good administrator to balance the different aspects of the role.
  • Drive and ambition with the desire and ability to make a significant contribution.
  • Balanced in judgement, be factual with the capacity to act decisively and confidently and make the right decisions.
  • Responsible, respectful,  good listener and communicator


  • 5 Years Senior Commercial Experience, preferably in the Horticultural, Garden Centre or FMCG sector
  • Business degree
  • Demonstrable Achievements in career to date
  • Demonstrable evidence of building a business in a changing and challenging environment

This is a permanent role based in Oranmore, Co. Galway. Flexible working hours available. Their site is

The remuneration package on offer will reflect the importance of the role and the experience of the successful candidate. Benefits include, Bonus, car, laptop, phone, pension, 20 days leave, 20 weeks maternity leave as well as paternity leave, day work from home if required and an equity package option, 1 day work from home if required

Candidates Must be eligible to work in the EU/Ireland. Candidates must have a driver’s license.

We have exclusivity with this client. All applications will be dealt with in strict confidence.

Please do not hesitate to Contact David Coyle at 01 6351748 or email

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