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Housekeeping Team Leader

Houchins, the award winning wedding venue with boutique accommodation in its Grade 2* listed farmhouse is looking for a house-keeping team leader to take on this busy and important role.

Due to the COVID pandemic putting a stop to most weddings in 2020 there is huge pent up demand for weddings and we will be extremely busy once restrictions start to be lifted. We expect this to be from mid-April 2021.

Houchins consists of a converted barn venue that caters for up to 160 guests and accommodation in 8 bedrooms for 16 people.

The venue aims to do 100 weddings each year. The workload is seasonal with the busiest period being July-September but weddings and events go on throughout the year. January to March is the quietest time of year.

The role: The house-keeping team leader will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the quick and efficient cleaning and turn-around of the venue and house.
  • Maintaining high levels of cleanliness throughout venue and house
  • Recruiting and managing a small team of reliable cleaners
  • Co-ordinating the house-keeping rota of other members of the housekeeping team

The right candidate be will a reliable self-starter, happy to work alone when necessary and used to working under pressure and at anti-social times of the day. He/she will take pride in ensuring the house and venue are in tip top condition every day so that each couple feels ‘special’ on arrival.

In return, Houchins offers the opportunity to work with a small, dynamic team of hospitality professionals who are dedicated to giving couples the best day of their lives. Houchins has ambitious plans to expand its offer in the Essex wedding market.

An excellent package is on offer to the right candidate. If you think you have the right qualities to join this small and dynamic business please send your CV with a covering letter via email to:

[email protected]

Ref: House-keeping team leader

Closing date for applications is: Wednesday 10th February 2021.

Houchins are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.  

Bar Manager

Houchins is looking for a Bar Manager to be responsible for the efficient and smooth running of the bar at Houchins wedding venue. After the postponement of so many 2020 weddings due to COVID we expect to be extremely busy from late Spring.

The right candidate will be responsible for operating and managing all aspects of the bar for the up-coming 2021 wedding season and beyond. Previous experience in the weddings market is a benefit but not essential.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Stock control and ordering stock from our regular suppliers
  • Management and co-ordination of the bar staff roster. This entails working with part-time staff and organising the work shifts.
  • Bar hygiene, cleaning and maintenance of the cellar equipment
  • Cash management for each individual event.
  • Night manager with responsibility for seeing all guests off site and securing the venue before leaving.

The right candidate will have previous experience in hospitality and bar services, be an enthusiastic team player, with a commitment to delivering service excellence to each and every one of our couples. He or she will have an easy going manner and be flexible enough to get involved in all aspects of operating a busy, award winning wedding venue.

We are particularly busy during May to the end of September and there will be certain times when you will be required to work longer than our usual core operating hours.

We will discuss options for how you will be able to help Houchins meet this business requirement which may include time off in lieu, flexible or annualised hours. A competitive salary awaits the right candidate.

Houchins is an equal opportunities employer.

Interested candidates should apply with a CV and covering letter to [email protected] before Friday 19th February 2021.

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