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Kelburn Castle and Estate – Job Vacancy


Role: General Manager (F/T – 5 days a week)

Start Date: ASAP

Application deadline: 15th July 2018

Salary: TBC – Commensurate with experience

Interviews: w/c 23rd July 2018


Role description:


Kelburn Castle and Estate require an experienced General Manager to join our team on a full-time basis.  Our ideal candidate will be an effective leader with previous business management experience. The role is a senior management position, varied and involves overseeing a wide variety of estate businesses including land management, our award winning Country Centre, weddings and functions, equestrian centre, glamping and more.  Kelburn is a well-known and beautiful estate located near Largs, around a 30 min drive from Glasgow.  This role represents an excellent opportunity to join a fantastic team and an innovative business, which is world famous for it’s castle graffiti project, incredible events and creative atmosphere.


Specific duties include:


  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the estate
  • Working closely with owners on business development initiatives and strategies for successful land management
  • Managing all staff members, liaising especially with individual team leaders (e.g. Country Centre, Weddings, Equestrian Centre, etc)
  • Communicating effectively and efficiently with staff, setting up regular meetings to discuss job duties and monitor performance
  • Working closely with our external HR company to ensure all policies and procedures, including Health and Safety, are correctly being implemented
  • Managing budgets and controlling expenditure
  • Ensuring yourself and all staff provide superior levels of customer service and plan to maximise revenues
  • Establishing plans, budgets and key performance indicators for the individual businesses and team members
  • Devising ways of improving current policies and procedures,
  • Reviewing and leading on the marketing strategy for the country centre
  • Overseeing and contributing to the country centre’s well established and popular event programme
  • Ensuring excellent customer service and quality delivery.


Desired skills,  experience and qualifications:


  • Previous experience working on, and managing, a rural estate
  • Business development and management plans
  • Experience working in the visitor economy / tourist attraction
  • Qualifications gained within rural estate and land management
  • Strong budget management and financial control experience
  • Project management
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to work to, and sometimes implement own processes
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities effectively
  • Effective leader and team builder
  • Previous HR / people management experience
  • Ability to deliver high quality and consistent service / products
  • Grant applications
  • Competence in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel) is expected,
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written,
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent,
  • Flexible and comfortable working with a fun and forward thinking team!


To Apply:


Please send your CV and cover letter to David Boyle at jared@kelburncountrycentre.com by no later than 15th July, 2018.  



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