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Who we are

Wivenhoe House is a four star country house hotel on the outskirts of Colchester. The hotel has 40 bedrooms, conference and event facilities for up to 120 guests and a 100 seater brasserie restaurant. The Hotel is also home to the Edge Hotel School. The first hotel school of its kind in the UK, the Edge Hotel School, equips its Hotel Management and Events Management degree students with the professional and managerial skills, as well as the academic theory, to prepare them for their future career as leaders in the industry.

Why work for us?

  • We offer competitive salaries
  • We are committed to providing excellent training and development for all staff
  • Generous holiday allowance of up to 36 days depending on grade
  • Discount of 50% on overnight stays and food and 20% on beverages
  • Free overnight stay for two people including dinner for every year of service
  • Dry cleaning service for staff uniform
  • Monthly employee recognition programme
  • Employee discounts on retail items, sports centre and day nursery through the University of Essex


Conference & Events Operations Team Leader

Wivenhoe House, is a four-star country house hotel with a busy and dynamic Conference & Events department. Following an extensive, £11million refurbishment six years ago, and due to an internal restructure in our Conference & Events Department we are now recruiting for an additional C&E Team Leader. This is an exciting opportunity for a person with excellent, hands on C&E operations experience to join our team in a busy and challenging environment which includes a 110-cover modern Brasserie and 120 cover banqueting facilities.

The successful candidate will join our busy Conference & Events team working with students of the Edge Hotel School. If you are able to deliver customer service to a high standard, communicate effectively with clients and colleagues and have exceptional attention to detail then we would like you to join our team. Candidates will have experience of working at a similar level within a similar operation and can demonstrate professionalism and composure whilst working under pressure in an often fast paced environment. This is a shift based role including late finishes and weekend working.

Experience Required

You will ideally have practical experience at a similar level in the hospitality industry and will have a good working knowledge of setting up, functions weddings, parties, conferences, etc including the running and closing down of such. This is a hands on role and you will also need to be confident in meeting customer/guest expectations and have an understanding of the use of tills, cash management and bar work. Moving of tables, chairs and equipment required for set up are also part of the role. An NCPLH qualification may be of benefit but is not essential. Experience of training staff would also be an advantage as the Hotel also works with students of the Edge Hotel School.

Duties of the Post

The main duties of the post will include the setting up and running of conferences, events, weddings and parties making sure guest expectations are met and service excellence is delivered in accordance with hotel standards at all times. As well as standard setting up, running and closing down of daily events you will also be required to assist with training of students coach them in tasks required by the Conference & Events Department. The ideal candidate will have had previous experience in hospitality and at four star level, preferably qualified to NVQ L5. You will also have exceptional attention to detail, good communication skills and be able to work well under pressure.

Application is by full CV and covering letter detailing relevant experience and why you are applying for the role. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

Closing Date: 19/01/20 (Please note that although this post has a closing date of 23 December 2019, we reserve the right to close the post for applications and withdraw it from the website at any time).


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.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

Download our PDF Map

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.