Sunday, 20 Apr, 2014
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Graduate Managers

Shoot to success as a Graduate Trainee Manager at the Coppid Beech Hotel
Our company has high expectations of our Graduates, and looks upon them as the professional managers of the future. At the Coppid Beech Hotel, being a success is about listening, learning and putting ideas forward. You will need to be a good communicator, with leadership potential and the character to listen to the people around you. You will realise that you do not know it all, and you will be prepared to keep on learning throughout your career. Most of all, you will have a real desire to work in hotels and with customers.

Any experience you have got of dealing with customers would be a definite advantage. If you have already got some hospitality experience and you are not fazed by working shifts, all the better. You need to be down-to-earth and approachable; but also passionate and tenacious. You need to be able to engage with people from all walks of life, and you need the stamina to go the extra mile when it's needed.

The future growth and success of the Coppid Beech Hotel depends upon our ability to attract and retain the brightest and best university graduates. You must hold a degree in hotel/hospitality management, leisure, catering or tourism. Alternatively, a degree in business related studies with substantial work experience in the industry. Applications are also welcome from H.N.D holders.

What we are looking for is:
· Energy, enthusiasm, determination with a can-do attitude
· Personal skills to be an inspiring people leader
· Plenty of confidence
· People who thrive in a challenging environment
· People who enjoy working in customer services
· Good planning and organisational skills
· A natural flair for teamwork
· Aspiration to be one of our managers of the future

This flexible 18-month programme could see you working in the following departments:
Front Office * Conference & Banqueting * Duty Management
Sales & Marketing * Human Resources * Rowans Restaurant * Kitchen
Accounts * Housekeeping * Bier Keller & Lounge Bar
Meetings & Events * Reservations * Health Club

Working closely with departmental managers learning the essential skills required to be a successful manager you will be set objectives to complete; and upon completion of each department you will be assessed. You will be given 2 projects during the programme, which must benefit the hotel.
Your exposure to workplace situations will enable you to:
· Manage Operations
· Manage Finance
· Manage People
· Manage Information

Your Line Manager in each department will give you continuous support to help you make the most of your abilities, with regular discussions about where your strengths lie, areas for improvement, about your aspirations for the future and about how to apply yourself. But it's up to you to make decisions about your own career and to create opportunities to prove yourself.

You will be working with some of the best people in the business, and it is a great opportunity to learn new approaches and techniques first-hand. You will be doing a real job with real responsibility - and ultimately that is what will prepare you for a high-level leadership role.

It is all very well us raving about the Coppid Beech Hotel being a fantastic place to work. But then you would expect us to say that wouldn't you? That is why we have got some of our past and present graduates to talk about it in their own words.

Quote from Tom Chaston
“Having started the Hospitality Graduate Programme back in November I have settled in very well. Starting during the busy Christmas period gave me the opportunity to learn lots, fast. Starting in the Meetings and Events department gave me an insight into the running of the entire hotel. The guidance received, not only from management, has been great. There is always someone there to answer a query, offer a second opinion or to bounce an idea off of. There is a definite team spirit within the hotel, making it an enjoyable place to be. The programme will allow me to pick up experience in all areas of the hotel business, which hopefully will give me a good grounding for a career in hotel management. The ‘on job’ experience combined with the additional skills, and qualifications that can be achieved by attending training courses will stand me in good stead for my future career.

1. What will I get paid?
Our salary is competitive and is and on top of this there is a wide range of additional benefits. Please look at the Benefits and Rewards section for further information.

2. Are there opportunities to work in other locations?
At the moment, the graduate programme is based solely at the Coppid Beech Hotel, however, some travel may be involved to our sister hotel, The Swan at Streatley.

3. What in-house training will I get?
Part of the graduate programme is to attend an internal training course approximately every 6-8 weeks. From the welcoming Induction course for all new starters to Management Development Programmes, there is something for everyone. Our courses are designed to enhance and improve the skills and knowledge needed for each person to successfully fulfil their role as a Graduate Trainee Manager. The courses are varied and cover a diverse range of subjects to assist you with your development. These may include (to name but a few):
· Assertiveness
· Marketing
· Financial Awareness
· Employment Law
· Interview Skills
· Appraisal Training
· First Aid at Work
· Creating a Coaching Culture

4. Does the Coppid Beech Hotel support study for qualifications?
We're happy to consider and support qualifications in other areas if they're relevant to the job you are doing.

5. Does the Coppid Beech Hotel offer accommodation?
Yes. We have accommodation available within a 5-minute walk from the hotel. The accommodation is available throughout your programme unless you decide otherwise. Accommodation charges are subsidised by the hotel and the cost to you is very reasonable for the area.

6. Do I need to have a valid work permit?
Yes. All candidates will be required to produce proof of right to work in the EU before employment can commence.

7. Do I need to provide my own uniform?
Dress codes apply across the business. In some roles you will be provided with a uniform and in others, you will be advised during the interview process and by your line manager about appropriate dress.

8. What can I expect at interview?
Our Human Resources Department assesses initial applications and coordinates interviews. Candidates will then be informed as to what to expect next.

10. How do I apply?
Just send your CV along with a covering letter. We accept applications via email, fax, post and online. See our Current Vacancies and how to apply for the details.