Commercial Manager | The Little Hay Co.

  • Oxfordshire
  • £35k - £45k p.a. + bonus
  • Full Time
  • Medium
  • Full Time
  • 7
  • Retail
  • Business Development
  • 19/07/2022
  • Katharine Landale

The Little Hay Co. is a dynamic, fast growing family business, set up 2 years ago. As Commercial Manager you will be joining a thriving company that is expanding quickly and your role will be pivotal to its future success.

This is an opportunity to be an early stage joiner to a dynamic team, carving your own path during an exciting business creation. There are no rules nor limits in your role, creativity and initiative are required. You must gel with the existing team. The Founder, Alexander Maddan, will be focused on guiding you, but will be running his original business during the working day.

With great scope for personal growth and learning, this is a real opportunity to create a new career path and realise your potential quickly.

About Us

The Little Hay Co. was set up following research into hay drying technology used in the European Alps and has been employed at scale on the farm in Oxfordshire. The Production Team are now confidently producing world class hay that is for sale to pets, packaged accordingly. The Commercial Manager will create the platform to link the well established Little Hay Co’s Production Team with the the Sales Team, the latter who are both web based and on the road.

About You

We are looking for a self starter with an appetite for growth as this role also offers a unique chance to learn success driven entrepreneurial skills from an experienced CEO.

You would need to have a positive, up-beat and charming personality, ability to communicate effectively at every level, be ruthlessly efficient, energetic and a good self starter. Additionally we need you to want to succeed and therefore ensure your role contributes to our overall success.  You would also have the get-up-and go to learn from the team and be proactive in every part of our business.

About the Role

The Commercial Manager will join a small team that currently cover production, administration/dispatch, purchasing, invoicing and general office business duties.

We are a family business and behave as such. With this in mind, it is essential that you are able to contribute to a cheerful, hard working and cohesive team. This is a wonderful opportunity to join our business, learn on the job and be part of our entrepreneurial story.

The office is in a beautiful setting on a farm and relatively remote. We are mindful of work/life balance and therefore have a flexible approach to hours, but the role is full time and a minimum of 3 days in the office is necessary. The offices are “farm offices’ but do have good services including air conditioning. Hours are flexible – we understand peoples out-of-work priorities.

 How what you do adds value

  • Create an efficient office operation that allows unfettered growth
  • Support the Sales Manager
  • Support the Production Team
  • Add your own initiative to the company

Key performance indicators

  • Contented customers
  • Contented third party stakeholders
  • Sales growth is thoroughly supported
  • Production is never hampered
  • Great despatch reliability


  • General company administration
  • Manage the Administration Manager
  • Subject to experience, recruit and coordinate a social media employee
  • Liaise with the website contractor
  • Proactive approach in running an efficient and effective office
  • Invoice payment
  • Credit control, including collating accounts returns and submitting these to the third party Accountant
  • Oversee payroll via the third party Payroll Manager
  • Coordinate efficient despatch
  • Attend trade shows
  • Meet clients and provide tours of the hay facility
  • Monitor all matters concerning compliance via the third party Compliance Manager
  • Organise travel arrangements

What does success look like?

That The Little Hay Co. is known as the unsurpassed premium hay producer on the market with a reputation for politeness, but most of all efficiency. This combined with the Production, Sales and Administration teams all feeling excellently supported, the office running at peak efficiency.

Potential for on the job learning

You will be working with Alexander Maddan whose breadth of experience is extraordinary; he founded Agrivert, which over its 24 year history became a class leader in recycling organic waste and producing renewable energy, practising the circular economy, regenerative farming and carbon capture many years before the catchphrases were even invented. A FTSE100 company bought the operations business in 2018 but Agrivert has re-started, managing five Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants in the UK and is half way through construction of perhaps the worlds most complex AD plant in Hong Kong.

Alexander is not afraid of a challenge and relishes entrepreneurial activity.  He has enjoyed sharing his experience and learnt-lessons with others and promoting talent throughout his businesses.

Further information

  • Full time
  • Salary: £35,000 – £45,000 doe
  • Discretionary bonus dependent typically 10% – 30% annual salary
  • 3 days minimum in the office in Oxfordshire, 2 WFH
  • Flexible hours accommodated
  • Dogs welcome, there are good walks on the farm
  • Start as soon as possible


Via Katharine Landale, Bold New World Recruitment.  Please send your CV and a covering letter stating why you would be suitable for this role to Further information please call 07778 74848.

Thank you for your interest.

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