Career opportunities at Combe Grove

The Elmhurst Foundation became the guardians of Combe Grove in March 2017, as part of a five-year plan which will see The Elmhurst Foundation create a range of high quality, enhanced apprenticeships for local people. Elmhurst’s apprenticeships will be offered across each team in the business, including the business disciplines of marketing, finance, personnel and technology, the service disciplines of cooking, treatments, and personal training, and the estate and buildings disciplines of land, trees and the maintenance of our listing buildings.

Our apprentices will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, to learn about wellbeing, and to provide public benefit to the local community through our charitable work. Each Apprenticeship will include an element of community service, organised by us, relating to their chosen discipline. We have started to form partnerships with local charities and privately-owned businesses who relish their contribution to the community and impact on our environment, and will help us develop this purpose.

Combe Grove will continue to operate as a hotel, with a firm focus on holistic health and wellbeing, in line with the already strong fitness offering available at Combe Grove Fitness Club. The longer-term vision is to evolve Combe Grove into a unique health retreat for modern living, making the most of the 76 acre estate’s tranquil woodland setting and outstanding views over the Limpley Stoke Valley.

Our purpose is to provide high quality training and development enabling our apprentices to fulfil their potential and develop a sound foundation from which to embark on a successful career.

We are always pleased to hear from people seeking employment and we may have the perfect vacancy for you!

Do get in touch by sending us your CV and covering letter in the first instance.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact: personnel@combegrove.com

Master roles

We are inviting applications from ‘Masters’. If you are a natural leader with at expertise in your career discipline, and are now ready, willing and able to share this experience with apprentices, please read on.

Listed Building Maintenance
A true craftsperson with a passion for the protection and conservation of listed buildings and a desire to pass your skills on to the next generation.

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Apprenticeships

Could this be the alternative to university? A superb opportunity to earn whilst you learn in unique surroundings. Our enhanced apprenticeships will include opportunities to engage with the local community, broaden your work experience, extend your learning with additional qualifications and courses, and a partnership programme with aligned neighbouring organisations.

Chef Level 2/3

We are looking for individuals passionate about preparing fresh, local nutritious food and committed to learning from our extremely well qualified and experienced Management team including our team of Chefs dedicated to providing food that supports our optimal well-being, our Head Gardener whose holistic approach is allowing us to grow our own lovely nutritious food whilst increasing our sustainability and our Restaurant Manager who has been using his well-honed restauranteering skills to mentor and train young people for many years.

You will benefit from a series of placements in other highly regarded businesses where your experience and training will be enhanced to cover all aspects of working in a busy, successful kitchen together with the wider aspects of running a flourishing business. The role will be diverse as you will be making our food offering from scratch adhering to our zero percent waste objectives. You will develop skills in charcuterie, smoking, fermenting and other forms of natural preservation. You will bake bread and cakes and prepare the full spectrum of wholesome breakfasts to lunch buffets to a higher end evening service learning these skills from our experienced team of Chefs and other Managers in the business. You will be part of a team of high achieving apprentices working in all aspects of our business and once qualified to the highest standard we will work with you to secure a role in one of our partner organisations or wider.

Restaurant and Bar Team – Level 2/3

We are looking for individuals passionate about serving fresh, local nutritious food and committed to learning from our extremely well qualified and experienced Management team including our Restaurant Manager who has been using his well-honed skills to mentor and train young people for many years, our team of Chefs committed to providing food that supports our optimal well-being and our Head Gardener whose holistic approach is allowing us to grow our own lovely nutritious food and increase our sustainability.

You will benefit from a series of placements in other highly regarded businesses where your experience and training will be enhanced to cover all aspects of excellent food and drink service together with the wider aspects of running a flourishing hospitality business.  The role will be diverse, encompassing working as a barista and bar tender serving speciality tea’s, coffees and cocktails as-well as developing the skills to advise our guests on the dishes our passionate Chefs create in our newly renovated electric induction kitchen. You will be part of a team of high achieving apprentices working in all aspects of our business and once qualified to the highest standard we will work with you to secure a role in one of our partner organisations or wider.

Sales, Reception and Reservations Level 2/3
This apprenticeship is for a real ‘people person’ ready to gain extensive experience in guest services at the heart of the organisation – the reception, and in the sales office, dealing with reservations, bookings, generating new business relationships, creating income, and driving the business forward in terms of revenue.

Our apprentices will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, to learn about wellbeing, and to provide public benefit to the local community through our charitable work. Each Apprenticeship will include an element of community service, organised by us, relating to their chosen discipline. We have started to form partnerships with local charities and privately-owned businesses.

Horticulture Level 2/3
We sit in 76 acres of lush grounds that need maintaining, managing and cultivating. Supplying the kitchen with the freshest of ingredients, a haven for wildlife, a diverse ecosystem and a beautiful backdrop to an excellent Hotel, this is much more than a gardener role.

Our apprentices will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, to learn about wellbeing, and to provide public benefit to the local community through our charitable work. Each Apprenticeship will include an element of community service, organised by us, relating to their chosen discipline. We have started to form partnerships with local charities and privately-owned businesses.

Marketing & Business Administration Level 2/3
Marketing Combe Grove as a destination for health and wellbeing requires creative, focused planning and communications to attract members to the leisure club, diners to the restaurant, guests to the Hotel, and seekers of tranquility to our retreats. If you’re drawn towards marketing, communications and event planning, this is for you.

Our apprentices will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, to learn about wellbeing, and to provide public benefit to the local community through our charitable work. Each Apprenticeship will include an element of community service, organised by us, relating to their chosen discipline. We have started to form partnerships with local charities and privately-owned businesses.

Maintenance Level 3                                                                          Working with both Listed buildings and state of the art modern plant and equipment, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of building, maintenance and safety skills to work with the Facilities Management team, keeping all aspects of the business operational and safe.

Our apprentices will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, to learn about wellbeing, and to provide public benefit to the local community through our charitable work. Each Apprenticeship will include an element of community service, organised by us, relating to their chosen discipline. We have started to form partnerships with local charities and privately-owned businesses.

Human Resources Level 3 

The HR/Personnel Team provides a comprehensive apprenticeship programme with CIPD qualification. This encompasses all aspects of the entire operation, everything and everyone is linked to Personnel, wages, welfare, performance, rewards, safety and training.

Our apprentices will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, to learn about wellbeing, and to provide public benefit to the local community through our charitable work. Each Apprenticeship will include an element of community service, organised by us, relating to their chosen discipline. We have started to form partnerships with local charities and privately-owned businesses.

Fitness and Wellbeing Level 2 

An opportunity to work with a specialist team in the Fitness and Wellness Centre, helping others achieve their health, lifestyle and fitness goals. Wellness and Wellbeing are one of the primary pillars of the Combe Grove business model, and you will be at its centre, delivering positive change to our members, guests and visitors, in the gym, the pool, the studio or on the mat.

Our apprentices will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, to learn about wellbeing, and to provide public benefit to the local community through our charitable work. Each Apprenticeship will include an element of community service, organised by us, relating to their chosen discipline. We have started to form partnerships with local charities and privately-owned businesses.

                                                              

 

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Wellness Team

Personal Trainer – Full Time

Are you a motivated fitness professional who has hunger to help our members achieve their Health and Wellness goals? Can you help them shape up through rapport building, fun & education? Can you inspire people to want to improve their health & wellbeing? If so, we want you to join our team in this beautiful Georgian Manor house.

You will need to be qualified to a minimum of Personal Trainer level 3, or equivalent and open to continue your qualifications to Referral level 4.

You must also be able to work shifts including evenings, weekends and public holidays.

For further information please contact the Head of Personnel at Combe Grove on 01225 838684 or send your CV and application to personnel@combegrove.com.

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Kitchen Team

Duty Chef – Full Time

We are looking for an experienced Chef to help develop the new food offer here at Combe Grove supporting a culture of health and wellbeing. This would be an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in developing and specialising in a holistic, organic and natural approach.

Kitchen Assistant – Various Flexible Hours

We are looking for a Kitchen Assistant/Kitchen Porter who will maintain the cleanliness of the Kitchen and the Restaurant and Bar preparation area to the highest standard by following the appropriate procedures each day and who can assist the Kitchen Team in the preparation of meals when required. This role involves using initiative and responding to priorities to support the rest of the team producing the food and serving our guests.

For further information please contact the Head of Personnel at Combe Grove on 01225 838684 or send your CV and application to personnel@combegrove.com.

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Restaurant and Bar Team

Restaurant Supervisor – Full Time

We are looking for individuals passionate about serving fresh, local nutritious food and committed to the health and well-being of our guests, members and visitors. You will have experience in waiting and front of house, have excellent customer service knowledge and skills and a commitment to providing a first class service.

If you are interested in working for a charity with an interest in health and wellbeing, everything organic and natural and have access to our leisure facilities  and enjoy free parking we would like to hear from you.

For further information please contact the Head of Personnel at Combe Grove on 01225 838684 or send your CV and application to personnel@combegrove.com.

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Other Team Roles

Receptionist – various hours including evenings and weekends

We are looking for an ambassador for the very heart of our business, a receptionist, to help guests to book in and out, and guide them through our services, and advise on points of interest around Bath. A true champion of customer excellence, delighting all our our guests, members and visitors.

Night Team Members – Nights, weekdays and weekends

We are looking for a Night Team member. Just because the guests are tucked up and sleeping soundly, the business is still operational – our night team get the Hotel ready to start again in the morning, help guests with very late arrivals and very early departures, manage cashing up, recording financial reconciliations and transactions, and keep everyone safe and sound at night.

Marketing Manager

We’re looking for a Marketing Manager to join our team. This position will be responsible for marketing and promotion of all key business areas at Combe Grove including accommodation, dining, new menu items and restaurant initiatives, event sales and innovative packages.

Purpose of the role:

  • Clearly brief marketing promotions to the Combe Grove team and encourage excitement and engagement for new initiatives within Combe Grove
  • Regularly provide interesting and engaging social media content for the Digital Marketing strategy
  • Create and distribute monthly activity and progress reports
  • Manage the stock of all marketing and promotional materials
  • Identify new customers for the Hotel, restaurant and Leisure Club, designing and implementing your initiatives
  • Focus on increasing the numbers for guests, diners, treatments delivered, club membership and event participation at Combe Grove

Marketing:

  • Identify and create opportunities to spread the word about Combe Grove to new and existing customers
  • Develop a strong understanding of the local area including hotels, theatres, tourist at-tractions, key local businesses, building strong relationships and networking
  • Work with the Head of Marketing to develop incentives for regular and key guests and events bookers, as well as sending out local and targeted mailings
  • Organise and coordinate local ‘field’ marketing events such as pop-ups, exhibitions and markets

CRM (Customer Relationship Management):

  • Identify ways to improve customer experience at Combe Grove
  • Identify ways to improve customer contact experience at Combe Grove
  • Manage develop and grow the customer database with the GDPR rules.

Key Commercial skills the successful candidate will have:

  • Embodies our key values, vision and ethos
  • Is an organised and motivated self starter
  • Shows attention to detail and care in all aspects of the role
  • Is an experienced marketer who is able to work independently as well as an active part of the wider Sales and Events team
  • a good understanding of product knowledge of the leisure and hospitality, as well as a our wider understanding of the current and future Combe Grove offering
  • Willing to contribute and share ideas
  • Is motivated, proactive and keen to learn, and committed to training and developing as a marketer
  • Is a confident and experienced networker
  • Has a genuine passion for the wellness, wellbeing, retreats, and the environment
  • Has considerable experience as a mentor to others, and ideally experience of working with apprentices

Key Management skills the successful candidate will have:

  • Act as a role model actively reflecting the vision and values of Combe Grove and the Elmhurst Foundation.
  • To manage and support staff within the service to develop team working and achieve a high standard of performance.
  • Work as tutor and mentor within our active apprenticeship programme
  • Encourage and review feedback constructively to develop and promote continuous service improvements.
  • Working with the support of the Finance Manager to manage the Marketing budget, including forecasting and monitoring, keeping costs to a minimum, working within targets set for the service and highlighting or reporting any discrepancies in a timely manner.

General Requirements

In addition to the above, there are some general requirements that apply to all the jobs

  • Participation in management and staff meetings
  • Participation in training activities including requirements for statutory and mandatory training.
  • Participation in staff supervision and personal development review
  • Ensure that the wellbeing and personal comfort to all guests within Combe Grove is maintained by providing the highest standard of care and service
  • To comply with all Company policies and procedures

For further information please contact the Head of Personnel at Combe Grove on 01225 838684 or send your CV and application to personnel@combegrove.com.

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