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-opportunties 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

  • 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 

    Apply before 4th May 2018 by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below:

     

    Apply

  • Social Media Apprentice

    An opportunity to join Blenheim, an internationally renowned brand. Our Marketing and PR team is growing fast, and we need your help to deliver targeted content and messages to engage our audiences. You’ll grow the key business areas through a multitude of social media platforms.

     

    Main responsibilities will include:

    •  Working with the Content Executive, plan weekly messages across three brands that will hit the correct target audiences and segments
    • Source content for social media once planned – video/images, facts, information
    • Copywrite/edit on brand planned messages
    • Post on all platforms the planned messaging, as planned weekly
    • Monitor engagement across all social media platforms
    • Respond to necessary messages and comments from consumers
    • Review and report on insights across all social media activity and make suggestions for improving activity engagement
    • Review and report target audience engagement and changes to behaviours
    • Use reporting tools Hootsuite and Google Analytics to monitor activity and gain insights
    • Research competitor social media activity and best practice
    • Work with team to help plan integrated campaigns where social media will play a part at delivering messages
    • Proactively engage with the team to share and contribute ideas
    • Updating content on the website to keep messages and information up to date

     Role requirements:

    • Good written and verbal skills
    • Can work autonomously and as a team
    • Happy to deal with people inside and outside the business
    • Organised and good time management
    • Proficient IT skills
    • Understanding and basic skills on social media platforms
    • Minimum of GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) in English, Maths and Science
    • Previous experience in a similar role advantageous but not required

    Person specifications:

    • Proactive and enthusiastic
    • Confident
    • Friendly and approachable
    • Can take direction

     

    To apply, please follow the link below. 

    Closing date: 6th May 2018.

    Apply

     

  • Commis Chef Apprentice

    A unique role for an apprentice Chef to work at this World Heritage site. Working closely with the Head Chef, assisting him whilst receiving one-to-one teaching. Every day is different, cooking for VIP family. The applicant should be enthusiastic & have a passion for food.

    Tasks & Activities:

    • Working closely with the head chef, assisting on a day to day basis and events/shoots for VIP family.
    • Help with cooking for staff ranging between 5-10 people, cleaning kitchen and equipment.
    • Learning many types of cuisines from classic British/French to Asian to Michelin style & many more.
    • One-to-one teaching of classic and modern cookery working on a program that suits your level.
    • Assisting with new experimental dishes, produce, techniques & equipment.
    • Training for health, safety & due diligence.
    • Working with our gardens team here to see where some of our produce comes as well as external suppliers.
    • Possible experience days in different restaurants.

     

    Desired skills:

    • Basic for knife skills
    • Kitchen terms and equipment use
    • Good listening and understanding skills

     

    Personal qualities

    • Initiative and awareness
    • Excellent hygiene
    • Enthusiasm
    • Positive attitude

     

    There is potential for a full-time position being made available for the right candidate and/or further career advice and help with CV.

    Apply before Sunday 20 May 2018 by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below:

     

    Apply

  • Retail Sales Assistant (Part-time)

    We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our Retail team as a Part-time Sales Assistant, working 3 days per week.

    Role information:

    Working as part of the Retail Team, you will ensure the delivery of exceptional customer service experience, whilst achieving a sales target. To deliver exemplary standards of presentation and merchandising within the retail shop.

    • Support the Retail team by ensuring a consistent and exceptional standard of customer service in all retail locations
    • Ensure the retail shop is always presented and merchandised to the highest standards whilst maintaining focus on the most profitable items and ensuring delivery of the retail KPIs
    • Focus on increasing sales, ATV and conversion to drive margin and profit

    Responsibilities:

    • To acknowledge customers, in a polite and courteous manner, engage with them and understand their needs.
    • Develop excellent product knowledge, which will enable you to pass this information to the customers.
    • Understand daily, weekly and monthly store targets.
    • Replenishment of shelves and tables.
    • Ensure the shop is tidy, clean and full at the end of the day.
    • Ensure all staff are kept up to date on changes to products, offers and promotions.
    • Ensure outstanding presentation and visual merchandising standards are maintained at all times.
    • Offer quick and efficient service at the tills without compromising customer service.

    Requirements:

    • Smart appearance & happy disposition
    • A flexible approach to working hours, including weekend working
    • High customer service awareness
    • A positive and ‘can do’ attitude
    • Good standard of numerical skills
    • Working within a team
    • Honest, reliable and committed
    • Friendly and approachable manner

     

    To apply: If you're are interested click the 'Apply’ below or email arobinson@blenheimpalace.com with a covering letter and a copy of your CV.

     

    Deadline for applications is: 27th April 2018.

     

    Apply

  • Senior Sales Executives x2

    We are currently seeking two Senior Sales Executives to market their brand of high-quality natural mineral water mainly to high end hotels and restaurants.

    It is envisaged that one of the two roles will focus on London (mainly central). The other role will target North London, the M40 corridor to Birmingham and help develop overseas opportunities.

     

    The roles have arisen due to the phased retirement of two long established sales executives. It is expected that the two new employees will form a long term sales partnership responsible for both the retention of existing customers and driving the business forward through gaining new contracts.

     

    The ideal candidates will have a proven track record in the drinks industry.

     

    This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior Sales Executive(s) who aspires to market a prestigious brand and to become part of a highly regarded business.

     

    The Person:

    • The ideal candidates will have a proven track record in the drinks industry.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. This is predominantly a client-facing role which requires high level communication on a daily basis.
    • The ability to manage existing accounts efficiently. The person appointed will work closely with key distributors who currently service on-trade accounts where Blenheim Palace Natural Mineral Water is served
    • The drive and initiative to acquire new business by investigating and developing potential accounts. The business has delivered impressive growth over recent years, resulting in increased profit levels which has allowed Blenheim Palace Natural Mineral Water to maintain its prominent position in the water industry.
    • The ability to fit in well, demonstrate integrity and become part of a business that has a strong set of values in terms of environmental responsibility and sustainability
    • Full driving licence

     

    To apply: Please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to Jeremy Mohamed using the button below or emailing jmohamed@blenheimpalace.com  

     Applications welcome as soon as possible.

     

    Apply

  • Restaurant staff

    An amazing opportunity has become available for a Restaurant waiter or waitress to join our fantastic team in the Orangery Restaurant at Blenheim Palace.

    We are looking for an individual who is a hands-on professional with a true passion for customer service and demonstrates a commitment to high quality standards.

     

    The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar position and should have the following attributes:

    • Excellent communication and customer service skills
    • Great food and beverage knowledge
    • Positive, punctual and professional approach
    • Immaculate personal grooming and presentation
    • Self-motivated / team player
    • Thrives on challenges

     

    In return we offer: competitive salary; a full-time or part -time contract, daytime shifts; Blenheim Palace and Searcys benefits, including complimentary tickets to Blenheim Palace; 25% discount for all Searcys venues; sponsored training which creates future career opportunities; meals whilst on duty; incentive schemes.

     

    To apply: Please send a copy of your CV using the button below or emailing Erika.zongolaviciute@searcys.co.uk

    Closing date: 30th April

     

    Apply

  • Events Assistant

    An amazing opportunity has become available for an Events Assistant to join our busy team to work at prestigious events at Blenheim Palace. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain truly unique experience, by being part of the events such as Salon Privé, Nocturne Live concerts, Jousting tournaments, dinners hosted by celebrity chefs and many more.

     

    This role will require dedicated passion for customer service, flexibility and a commitment to high quality standards. Previous experience within the events sector is preferable.

     

    The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

    • Enthusiastic, hardworking and flexible individual.
    • Passionate about fresh food and amazing customer service.
    • Fun and lively personality.
    • Supportive / team player.

     

    In return, we offer: £8.00 - £9.00ph, fantastic experience working at the most prestigious events at Blenheim Palace;Blenheim Palace and Searcys benefits, including 25% discount for all Searcys venues; opportunity to join tours at Blenheim Palace; meals whilst on duty, sponsored training which creates future career opportunities; incentive schemes.

     

    To apply: Please send a copy of your CV using the button below or emailing Erika.zongolaviciute@searcys.co.uk

    Closing date: 30th April

     

    Apply

  • Operations Events Assistant

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Visitor Services Team here at Blenheim Palace. As an Operations Events 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.
    • Car parking and traffic duties.
    • 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.

    Hours of work are predominantly weekend and Bank Holiday, including evenings. The position is part time/casual - and perfect for people looking to supplement their current income, or students looking for part time work. 

     

    To apply, please forward a covering letter and copy of your CV to epaice@blenheimpalace.com by 5pm on 11th May 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?

     

    Please note interviews will take place on Wednesday 16th May 2018

     

    Apply

  • Welcome Host (Full & Part-Time)

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Welcome Host Team here at Blenheim Palace. As one of the first points of contact for visitors, you will provide a warm, friendly welcome ensuring you provide accurate information and directions to all areas of the Palace, making sure that their expectations are exceeded at all times. You will need to be exceedingly friendly, be able to deal effectively with difficult situations and be able to meet the needs of a constantly changing visitor flow.

     

    Main responsibilities will include:

     

    • Provide access information for visitors with disabilities including possible wheelchair or mobility scooter loans
    • Provide Blenheim Palace literature including Educational trails for children
    • Sell tickets to the Palace and special event tickets
    • Oversee and book visitors on ‘Special Tours’ of the Palace and/or Gardens

     

    You will develop the knowledge to be able to direct visitors to any place in the Park and Gardens and have an intimate knowledge of the ticketing machines and promotions.

     

    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 forward a covering letter and copy of your CV to abennett@blenheimpalace.com
    The covering letter must answer the two following questions:

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

     

    Closing date: 5pm on 30th April 2018. 

    Apply

     

  • Retail Assistant (Part-Time)

    We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our Retail team as a Part-time Sales Assistant, working 3 days per week.

    Working as part of the Retail Team, you will ensure the delivery of exceptional customer service experience, whilst achieving a sales target. To deliver exemplary standards of presentation and merchandising within the retail shop.

    Main responsibilities will include:

    •  Support the Retail team by ensuring a consistent and exceptional standard of customer service in all retail locations
    • Ensure the retail shop is always presented and merchandised to the highest standards whilst maintaining focus on the most profitable items and ensuring delivery of the retail KPIs
    • Focus on increasing sales, ATV and conversion to drive margin and profit
    • To acknowledge customers, in a polite and courteous manner, engage with them and understand their needs.
    • Develop excellent product knowledge, which will enable you to pass this information to the customers.
    • Understand daily, weekly and monthly store targets.
    • Replenishment of shelves and tables.
    • Ensure the shop is tidy, clean and full at the end of the day.
    • Ensure all staff are kept up to date on changes to products, offers and promotions.
    • Ensure outstanding presentation and visual merchandising standards are maintained at all times.
    • Offer quick and efficient service at the tills without compromising customer service.

     Person specification:

    • Smart appearance & happy disposition
    • A flexible approach to working hours, including weekend working
    • High customer service awareness
    • A positive and ‘can do’ attitude
    • Good standard of numerical skills
    • Working within a team
    • Honest, reliable and committed
    • Friendly and approachable manner

     

    To apply, please forward a covering letter and copy of your CV to Anne Robinson at arobinson@blenheimpalace.com 

     

    Closing date: 1st May 2018. 

    Apply

     

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

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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