Shop and Information Supervisor

£19,412 - £20,897

Permanent, full time position

Brockhole on Windermere is the main Lake District National Park Visitor Centre. Set on the shores of Windermere, the site includes a beautiful Gibson designed Arts and Crafts House (now the visitor centre) surrounded by 30 acres of stunning Thomas Mawson listed gardens.

We attract over 300,000 visitors a year to enjoy a wide range of activities and events, or just to explore the stunning site and views over the Lake. We are a major family activity attraction in the main holiday periods, but welcome a much wider demographic of visitor throughout the year to our restaurant, shop, exhibitions and gardens. We also host the LDNPA learning and engagement team and have a fantastic reputation around the region for this work.

We have recently begun a series of major events, including hosting the Great North Swim (30,000 people over 3 days) and developing our own major family Halloween Experience (10,000 people over 13 days) with further events planned for the future. We are looking for a new, ambitious and enthusiastic team member to help us create a destination shopping experience and deliver a world class visitor information service.

Your role

Our shop has developed a lot over the past 2 years and we have exciting plans for the future. Reporting to the Shop and Information Manager, you will help supervise and deliver Brockhole’s retail offer that is both a visitor attraction in its own right, and commercially profitable. You will assist the Shop & Information Manager to develop new product lines and visual merchandising to appeal to a new target market for Brockhole.

You will supervise when required and deliver Brockhole’s reception, box office and visitor information service ensuring the delivery of world class service at all times and ensuring proactive selling of Brockhole activities, events and facilities. You will deputise for the Shop and Information Manager in their absence, supervising staff and the opening and closing of the shop and information centre.

This role will include weekend and school holiday working and will be offered on an annualised hours basis, working to an average of 37 hrs a week. We foresee that there will be some times of year when your time input will need to be greater than others, to fit with the seasonal nature of our work, visitor numbers and scheduled activity programme, so you will be working more hours in the summer months than in the winter.

What it's like to work here

Brockhole is a hugely exciting and very beautiful place to work, with a very positive and supportive team ethos, where we support each other’s areas of work on a daily basis. The work can be very demanding in peak season, but the rewards in terms of job satisfaction are considerable, as we are here to look after this fantastic site, to ensure all of our visitors have a fantastic experience and hopefully learn to love the Lakes as much as we do.

About you

This role, as all roles at Brockhole, would suit someone who can be self-determined and self-motivated but who also knows how to, and enjoys, working as part of a wider team. You will bring existing knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the role and Brockhole, but also you will also want to develop and learn – and this role is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to develop both their knowledge and experience.

If you have the right knowledge and experience, a positive team ethos, matched with a friendly, outgoing personality that enables you to engage with people of all ages then we’d love to hear from you.

For an informal discussion and to find out more about the role, please contact our Brockhole Shop and Information Manager, Lizzie Laird on 07729 047427.

Equality of opportunity

We are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as these groups are under-represented at the LDNPA, particularly at senior level. As part of our commitment to employing disabled people, all disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirement for all competencies on the person specification, will be guaranteed an interview.

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications is: Friday 22 January 2021 11:59am
  • Interviews will be held at Brockhole on Windermere on week beginning Monday 1 February

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Next steps

To apply for this position, please email your up to date CV and a covering letter (max 1000 words)  stating how your experience and skills match those in our requirements, tell us why you want this particular post and also why you want to work at Brockhole, and email to HR.Services@lakedistrict.gov.uk

We reserve the right to close this advert early should we receive sufficient applications.