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Vacancies at Wivenhoe House

Working at Wivenhoe House adds a new dimension to a career in hospitality.

In addition to working alongside our talented professionals you will be supporting our undergraduates working towards their degrees in Hotel Management.

Their intensive degree course includes working in every department of the hotel, so everyone has the opportunity to share their skills and mentor aspiring managers.

Wivenhoe House Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Essex.


current vacancies

Senior Sous Chef

We are looking for a talented Senior Sous Chef to join and lead the busy kitchen team. The successful candidate will work closely with the Head Chef and other heads of department to maintain the hotels standards as well as running a kitchen team when the Head Chef is away.

Salary £27,668-£34,029 per annum
Closing Date 25 May 2015

Head Chef

This is an exciting opportunity for a driven, customer service focused and experienced person to join our team in a busy and challenging environment which includes 40 bedrooms/ suites, 120 cover banqueting and conference facilities and 110 cover Brasserie. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring a high quality food service in restaurants , conference and events including weddings and afternoon teas and room service. The successful candidate will develop new menus and manage costs and food GP, and oversee the training and development of professional staff and students Experience of leading a large team is essential. Effective, motivational and inspirational people skills are paramount to this role and you will be confident in demonstrating management successes in leading and inspiring your team.

Salary                               Up to £45,000 depending on skills and experience
Closing Date 7 June 2015

Chef de Partie

We are looking to recruit a Chef de Partie for this superb Country House Hotel with a modern 100-seater Brasserie serving and conference capacity for up to 120. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a unique environment and add to your skillset.

Salary £17,242 - £18,745 per annum
Closing Date 31 May 2015

Commis Chef

We are looking to recruit a Commis Chef for this superb Country House Hotel with a modern Brasserie serving creative modern cuisine in Colchester. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a quality hotel and to start your career working with our talented team of Chefs.

Salary £14,876-£15,779 per annum
Closing Date 31 May 2015

For more information and to apply please see the University of Essex job vacancy website.

If you would like to be informed of future vacancies please see the University of Essex job vacancy website, enter your search criteria and e-mail address.


find us, however you travel

By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

Sat Nav: CO4 3WA. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check before you leave.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.