Careers

Blenheim Palace offers a stunning and unique place to work. For a career that is anything but ordinary, explore your options for joining our large and diverse team and find out all about the perks of working with us.

We are proud to be a part of the Disability Confident scheme and are committed to upholding our status as an equal-opportunities employer.    

We work in partnership with our in-house caterers, Searcys, who manage all of our cafés and restaurants and the talented staff that work in them. You can find out more about Searcys here.

We welcome applications for any of the vacancies listed below. For more information on joining our Team, contact our HR Team on 01993 810547 or email us using the button below.

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Careers

Our current vacancies

  • Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

    This is a rare opportunity for an experienced and capable EA/PA to take on a challenging and rewarding role supporting the Chief Executive Officer of one of Britain’s iconic estates.  Over 300 years old, Blenheim is now a hugely diverse business with a duty to preserve its legacy, an ambition to continually evolve, and a need to sustain a strong connection with the community.  Blenheim is a landed Estate, but one which passionately believes that it can be a unique force for good, underwriting and driving the success of the area.  In addition to being a major visitor attraction, Blenheim is also a venue for weddings and events, a filming location, a significant farmer, a producer of Natural Mineral Water, a major property owner and investor, a construction business, and a charitable foundation. It has set out a clear purpose to be the lifeblood of the local economy, to enhance the lives of local people and to share and protect its extraordinary home and it measures all it does against those ambitions.

     

    This CEO has never worked with a personal assistant – ever.  For a lot of time, this has in practice been a strength but that is no longer the case.  The CEO and the successful candidate must want to form a strong and trusting partnership which will develop over time to find the best way to work together.  A trusting partnership is the key – this is not a typical secretarial role.

     

    You will be fulfilling all of the usual functions of a top-level assistant as well as taking on management responsibility for the estate office, you will be involved with every aspect of supporting our busy CEO.  This will include travel arrangements, meeting and event organisation and diary management.  Above all, you will help to maximise his impact and effectiveness.  You will have strong IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office.

     

    Your responsibilities will include:

    • Helping the CEO maximize his efficiency by both predicting what he is likely to need in order to perform to his best (and supplying it) but also by taking tasks away from him
    • Being aware of CEO forward commitments, helping him scheduling time to meet those commitments, arranging for appropriate thinking time/contact time/information to allow him to draw everything together to meet those commitments
    • Using knowledge of CEO projects/diary to give answers to people on his behalf about schedules/likely commitments so that they can function effectively around him
    • Helping him manage community liaison and community relations, including long term planning
    • Helping him manage business community liaison and his personal contact network, including long term planning
    • Assisting with obtaining and synthesizing external reports, picking highlights relative to Blenheim, helping him arrange appropriate follow up
    • Assisting with arrangement/management/follow up from Trustees meetings/SMT/Management meetings
    • Acting as project manager for a number of self-contained projects on behalf of the CEO
    • Covering a set of tasks designed to ensure that our Estate Office runs smoothly:
      • Managing the ordering of supplies
      • Managing the cleaners and monitoring the quality of our working space
      • Managing the receptionist and the rota for support at lunchtime/other busy times
      • Organising occasional office events
      • Managing office maintenance and maintenance contracts
      • Introducing and maintaining good/new office working practices

     

    A great package is on offer, together with genuine opportunities to progress your career with a prestigious and forward-looking enterprise.  If you believe this is a position where you could add value and help Blenheim accomplish great things then please get in touch. Flexible and part time working will be considered and the salary range is £35,000 to £40,000 per annum depending on experience.

     

    Closing Date: 24th July 2018

     

    Apply

     

  • Estate Office Receptionist

    We have an exciting opportunity for a receptionist based at our new Estate Office.

     

    Main Responsibilities:

    Welcomes visitors by greeting them, in person or on the telephone; answering or referring inquiries. Directs visitors by maintaining employee and department directories; giving instructions. Maintains security by following procedures.

     

    • Meeting and greeting clients
    • Booking meetings
    • Arranging couriers
    • Keeping the reception area tidy
    • Answering and forwarding phone calls
    • Screening phone calls and taking messages
    • Sorting and distributing post
    • Greeting visitors and directing them to the correct person or department
    • Managing the visitors book and giving out security passes
    • Answering enquiries in person, by phone and email
    • Managing a room booking system and keeping rooms tidy
    • Dealing with incoming and outgoing post and deliveries
    • Arranging appointments and updating records on databases
    • Taking payments and handling invoices

     

    Closing Date: 20th July 2018


    Apply 

  • Property Assistant

    We are looking for a Property Assistant who can assist with the letting and management of the residential properties including the management of the new portfolio of affordable properties. In this role you will receive comprehensive support and training, we believe this position offers an attractive opportunity for a capable professional to take the next step in their career. 


    Reporting to the Residential Property Manager your responsibilities will include all the general administrative tasks you would expect in a busy property office. You will also be responsible for:

     

    • The review of restrictive covenants across the historic Estate ownership
    • Preparing tenancy documentation in relation to new lettings and tenancy renewals
    • Scheduling property visits and attend viewings
    • Ensuring properties are fully compliant with current legislation
    • Managing the landlord and tenant relationship with the Estate's tenants
    • Co-ordination of repairs and maintenance through our in-house maintenance department


    We are open to applicants with experience gained within the property industry but we are willing to consider applicants without experience if you have a relevant degree or qualification. You will also need:

     

    • Strong IT skills - particularly Microsoft Office
    • A full clean driving licence
    • Excellent administrative, organisational and communication skills
    • A helpful, flexible and hardworking approach and a 'can do' attitude
    • An eagerness to learn and get the most out of the experience
    • A sympathetic nature, with a willingness to help

     

    Closing date: 20th July 2018

     

    Apply

  • Shepherd Apprentice

    A unique opportunity has arisen at Blenheim Estate for an assistant shepherd apprentice.  

     

    Main responsibilities (non-exhaustive) will include:

    • Ensuring the welfare and safety of 4000 + sheep
    • Vaccinations, Worming & Foot Bathing
    • Farm maintenance, such as erecting and taking down electric fences
    • Daily livestock supervision
    • Getting Lambs ready for Shearing
    • Prepare feed and water supplies for livestock
    • Load and unload physical resources within the work area
    • Monitoring and maintaining Health and Safety at all times
    • Tractor Driving – Grass harrowing (only if you have a driving license)
    • Maintain equipment and machines
    • Looking after the livestock across the Estate c.4500 sheep
    • Drive tractor – must be 17
    • Moving of park soil
    • Vaccinations of lambs
    • Worming
    • Help with fencing
    • General animal husbandry
    • Training of handling a sheep dog
    • General animal welfare – red tractor farm assurance
    • Accommodation is available should the successful candidate require this.

     

    Closing date: 27th July 

    Apply

     

     

  • Garden Apprentice

    Blenheim Palace is delighted to be able to open up an exciting apprenticeship training opportunity to a motivated and hortic passionate apprentice. 

     

    Main responsibilities will include:

    • Planting, growing and maintaining fruit and vegetables
    • Maintaining grass surfaces
    • Planting, establishing and maintaining plants
    • Identifying the presence of and controlling common pests and diseases
    • Load and unload physical resources within the work area
    • Monitoring and maintaining Health and Safety at all times
    • Maintain equipment and machines
    • Helping erect posts and painting signage
    • Weeding and hoeing
    • Working in the walled garden
    • Growing of fruit and vegetables
    • Sowing seeds/ transplanting/pruning
    • Pest control
    • Irrigation
    • Harvesting
    • Learn how to rotate vegetables
    • Responsibility of taking care of 300-year-old grapevines
    • Indoor peaches and greenhouse veg
    • Turing and pruning of trees and shrubs
    • Operation of machinery which will require compliance training oiling, greasing of strimmer’s
    • Ride on mowers/tractors
    • Grass care, including fertilizing

     Closing date: 27th July 

     

    Apply

  • IT Apprentice

    Fantastic opportunity to work in the grounds of the monumental country house that is Blenheim Palace in beautiful Oxfordshire. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our experienced IT Team in this hugely varied role. Your main duty will be to assist in maintaining and administering the Blenheim Palace network and support its users. This apprenticeship focuses on computing, software development and networking skills and provides training in both the technical and customer service elements of IT roles.

    Apprentices will learn how to develop, build, maintain and install both hardware and software. Training will also be provided in how to troubleshoot and test as well as setting up new equipment or upgrading systems.

     

    On the job duties to include:

     

    • Office 365 user management. This will include setting up users, showing them how to use office365, troubleshooting, training and general user support
    • Active directory user management
    • Mobile phone management
    • Epos equipment (e.g. tablet & till maintenance) - This could be installation, user support, fixing software issues etc.
    • Support users and help them with their queries either over the phone, in person or on email

     

    Closing date: 27th July 2018

    Apply

  • Chauffer / Handyman / Countryman

    Full time role with flexible hours based at Wotton Down, Private Household.

    You will report to His Grace the 12th Duke of Marlborough.

     

    Summary of role: To assist their Graces with driving, general maintenance of the house and grounds at Wootton Down and loading on shoots and looking after the families’ cars. You will also work off-site on shoot days and be expected to travel and work flexible hours.

     

    Day to Day Role Responsibilities:

    • Driving the Duke and Duchess
    • Maintaining vehicles including bikes and quads 
    • Loading on shooting days
    • General day to day maintenance of Wootton Downs property
    • Cleaning and care of the swimming pool

     

    Skills & Knowledge:

    • Experience of driving
    • Game shooting
    • General maintenance
    • Enthusiasm for cars and motor vehicles.
    • Previous experience in similar roles and knowledge of the countryside preferable

     

    Qualifications:

    • Clean full driving licence
    • Shot gun & firearm licence preferable (non- revoked)

     

    Experience:

    • May suit someone with military experience and a keen eye for detail and experience within a similar role.

    Person Specification:

    • Well-presented and well managed with an appreciation of motor vehicles and a good understanding of the countryside.
    • Polite, courteous and punctual.
    • Someone flexible as travel in the shoot season is required.
    • DBS check required

     

    Closing date: 3rd August 2018

    To apply please email your CV and a cover letter to hr@blenheimpalace.com

  • Customer Service Apprentice

    An opportunity to work in our outstanding heritage gift shop - toiletries, clothing, children’s section, books, china/glass designed from Blenheim wallpaper and carpet within the palace. From ordering stock to merchandising this on the shop floor. Learning about our customers and how you can offer them an outstanding level of customer service.

     

    Tasks & Activities:

    • To welcome and acknowledge all visitors and customers in a polite and courteous manner at all times
    • To engage with the visitor and understand their needs
    • To work with the Visitor Services and Retail teams in all areas to deliver exceptional customer service
    • Develop excellent knowledge of Blenheim Palace to include the history, the vistor journey, the experiences that are on offer
    • To offer quick and efficient service at tills and follow the cash handling procedures
    • To take part in regular stock takes adhering to the correct procedures
    • To be prepared to work inside and outside, whatever the weather, and dress appropriately
    • To assist the team with Palace and Park events as required
    • To work with all departments to keep the sote clean and pristine
    • To actively take part in departmental meetings and share ideas
    • To work with the retail team on visual merchandising, price points, customer conversions, average spend and gross profit margins
    • Comply with all Company policies, procedures and statutory regulations including Human Resources, site rules, Health & Safety, safe working practices, hygiene, cleanliness, fire and COSHH. This will include your awareness of any specific hazards in your work place
    • Participate in any necessary training and team meetings as required to complete job responsibilities
    • To be a member of the emergency response and disaster team for the Palace
    • Carry out any other duties deemed necessary by your line manager

     

    Role requirements:

    • 4 x GCSEs grade A*-D (or equivalent) including English and Maths

    Personal specification:

    • A 'can do' positive attitude to work
    • Ability to establish and develop working relationships
    • Ability to maintain and develop personal performance
    • Honest, reliable and committed
    • Friendly and approachable manner
    • Smart appearance & happy disposition 

    Closing date: 29th July 2018

    Apply

  • Retail Merchandiser

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the retail buying team at Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site and a stunning and unique place to work. Our shops offer a huge range of souvenirs, gifts and locally made products, with many ranges exclusive to Blenheim Palace.


    Reporting to our retail buyer, you will be a key member of the team responsible for ensuring that all retail products inspire our customers. The main responsibility will be to analyse data to ensure that we have exceptional products in the right place, on time. Creating and analysing reports, you will be expected to identify trends, including risks, analyse margins and present this data so that we can maximise all retail commercial opportunities and increase profitability. You will be working in a fast-moving environment with high levels of responsibility, where even minor errors can result in vast reductions in profit.


    Key responsibilities:

    • Support our buyer to maximise sales and cash income from retail sales.
    • Monitor, report and react to product sales performance.
    • Maximise commercial opportunities and minimise areas of risk by regular performance reviews.
    • Analysing past sales figures/trends to anticipate future product needs.
    • Managing stock levels using VENPO systems.
    • Work with our suppliers to ensure pricing is correct and deliveries are on time.
    • Support the buyer to implement promotional strategies.
    • Analyse weekly margin/sales reports and new products, completing the weekly sales/profit reports.

     

    This is a part time, permanent position and the salary range is £23,000 to £25,000 pro rata.


    Closing date 3rd August 2018

     

    Apply

  • Visitor Services Assistant

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Visitor Services Team here at Blenheim Palace. As a Visitor Services Assistant at ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, you will be one of the first points of contact to our visitors and as such you must demonstrate a high level of customer service at all times. You should always be smart and professional, remembering that our visitors want to have an enjoyable visit.

     

    Main responsibilities will include:

    • To deliver excellent Customer Service to our Visitors.
    • Issuing of tickets, follow all till & cash handling procedures.
    • Car parking and traffic duties.
    • To maintain high standards of housekeeping.
    • Cleaning duties, covering internal & external areas of the Palace, ticket booths & toilet facilities when required.
    • To be fully aware of customer and client confidentiality.
    • To maintain standards of Health and Safety in accordance with employers instructions and current legislation.
    • To be aware of the manual handling regulations.
    • Any additional duties considered to be appropriate by your Line Manager.

    Previous customer relations experience would be an advantage and flexibility towards hours of work is essential as weekend and bank holiday work will be required.

    To apply, please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to epaice@blenheimpalace.com by 17:00 on 27th July 2018.

     

    The covering letter must answer the two following questions:

    • Why Blenheim Palace?
    • What skills, qualities or experience do you bring to the Operations Team?

     

Apprenticeships and Training & Development

We are committed to developing our people, providing them with the skills and support they need to perform to outstanding levels, and most importantly, to grow in their careers.

To assist with staff development we have recently launched the Marlborough Academy, which provides a series of workshops relating to various roles, departments and sometimes just for fun.

To find out about how you can join our team as an apprentice and earn while you learn or to apply for any of our available apprenticeships, use the button below.

Apprenticeships

 

Read our Gender Pay Gap Report and about our commitment for the future

Working with us

Over 250 people work full or part-time across the Estate in both permanent and seasonal positions at all levels. Working with us you will receive:

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Free parking
  • Contributory Pensions Plan
  • Free breakfast every Friday morning
  • A Blenheim Palace Christmas Tree
  • Access to the Estate for you and your family
  • 20% discount in our shops
  • 40% discount in our cafés and restaurants
  • Childcare vouchers
  • A minimum of ten hours relevant training per year
  • Enrichment workshops as part of the Marlborough Academy
  • Social events and staff parties throughout the year, organised by our staff social committee
Careers

Meet our Senior Management Team

Roger File

Roger File

Chief Operating Officer and Property Director
Dominic Hare

Dominic Hare

Chief Executive Officer
Heather Carter

Heather Carter

Operations Director

Stephanie Duncan

Stephanie Duncan

Head of Marketing and PR
Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris

Head of Human Resources
Roy Cox

Roy Cox

Head of Estates
Stephen Spare

Stephen Spare

Head of Finance
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