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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

CURRENT VACANCIES

C&E TEAM MEMBER

The successful candidates will join a 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.

Salary – £16,765

Full Time, Permanent

Closing Date – 27 August


HOUSEKEEPER

The successful candidate will be required to clean rooms, change bed linen and towels, and to undertake cleaning duties throughout the Hotel to an agreed standard. If you have previous cleaning experience, can work flexibly which could include working some late shifts, have an attention for detail and can deliver excellent customer service this could be the opportunity for you to be part of this unique and exciting operation.

Salary – £16,595

Full Time, Permanent

Closing Date – 24 August


COMMIS CHEF

The successful candidate will be part of a large brigade of chefs working in our Brasserie and Signature’s Kitchens and also mentoring students of the Edge Hotel School as part of their Hospitality Management Degree. If you are proactive, ambitious, a team player, have an eye for detail and a real passion for creating fresh, locally sourced dishes then we’d like you to join our team.

The ideal candidate will have experience as a Commis Chef at a similar level and may hold a relevant NVQ level 2 qualification or above or equivalent and be able to work in a team or independently. The main duties of the role will include preparation and production of high quality foods (mis en place) for any day to day corporate functions, events, parties, weddings and also for breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant services. You will also have knowledge of equipment and a good command of culinary basics as well as a passion for delivering high quality food.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a strong professional team and work within a company that has a good work ethic, a keen interest in staff development and a range of staff benefits.

Salary – £16,595

Full Time, Permanent

Closing Date – 19 August


ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT, UECS FINANCE

The Accounts Assistant will be responsible for providing financial and administrative support to the Deputy Finance Manager of Wivenhoe House and will involve a broad range of daily and weekly tasks within a busy finance function.

Duties will include processing invoices, journals and other transactions on the hotel accounting system, assisting with the preparation of the payment run, assisting with monthly stocktakes and assisting with month end and year end procedures such as posting accruals, prepayments and adjustments.

You will also be required to respond to queries from suppliers regarding the payment of invoices.

Salary – £18,146 – 20,359 pro rata

Part Time, Permanent

Closing Date – 16 August


CHEF DE PARTIE

The successful candidate will be part of a large brigade of chefs working in our Brasserie and Signature’s Kitchens and also mentoring students of the Edge Hotel School as part of their Hospitality Management Degree. If you are proactive, ambitious, a team player, have an eye for detail and a real passion for creating fresh, locally sourced dishes then we’d like you to join our team.

The ideal candidate will have experience as a Chef at a similar level and may hold a relevant NVQ level 3 qualification or equivalent, be able to work in a team and independently. You will be responsible for running your section, mise en place for any day to day corporate functions, events, parties, weddings and also full restaurant service. You will also be required to undertake the occasional breakfast shift, much of which is cooked to order, as part of the role.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of a strong professional team and work within a company that has a good work ethic and a range of staff benefits.

Salary – £18,903

Full time, Permanent

Closing Date – 19 August


How to apply

For further information or to apply now please complete a cover sheet and email across along with a CV and covering letter to swilson@wivenhoehouse.co.uk. Alternatively you can also send in a hard copy of your CV to Steph Wilson, Wivenhoe House, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ.

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


WHERE WE ARE

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.