Vacancy: General Manager of Hospitality

Sarum College, set in Salisbury’s beautiful Cathedral Close, seeks an entrepreneur to lead our hospitality team, drive growth and build our excellent reputation for high customer care standards.

The College offers a very special experience for visitors and is among the city’s top venues for B&B, meetings and conferences with an excellent reputation for high customer care standards. Grade-1 listed buildings at 19 The Close have 52 bedrooms, six meeting rooms, a Common Room with a licensed bar and a 90-person capacity dining room. 

The College’s hospitality services support those who attend our learning programmes as well as tourists, delegates and other guests. Our business plan is based on continued growth.

In 2014, the College invested over half a million pounds to upgrade its accommodation and refectory facilities to enhance capacity and commercial appeal.  Revenue from hospitality streams of income are hugely important to the College’s financial stability and growth is needed to maintain our buildings and support innovation in learning and teaching.

If, once you’ve read the job description and person specification, (download here) you would like to have an informal conversation about this post, please contact the Principal, The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward. T 01722 424801     E

If you wish to apply for the post, please provide the following documents by email or post to James Woodward by 4pm on Thursday 5 March:

  • A covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered for this post,
  • A full CV,
  • The names of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer; please state whether the College may contact referees before interview.


Applicants will be short-listed for interview on the basis of information provided and its relevance to the post requirements set out in the job description and person specification. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Thursday 5 March 2020. Those shortlisted will be notified the week beginning 9 March 2020. Interviews are likely to be held on or during the week after Tuesday 17 March. The appointed candidate would ideally start May 2020.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a Confidential Declaration relating to safeguarding and confirmation of appointment will be subject to a basic DBS check.

All appointments are subject to a three-month probationary period which may be extended.
Please be aware that under the Immigration Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, it is a criminal offence to employ anyone who is not entitled to live or work in the United Kingdom. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of their employable status before the College can confirm any offer of appointment.

Your application gives Sarum College the right, under the Data Protection Act 1998, (the “DPA”) and the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) to process the information you have given, including data of a sensitive nature, for processes relating to your application for employment. Any processing of the data by Sarum College will be in accordance with its Data Protection Policy and the processing principles set out in the DPA and GDPR.

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