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8608 Head Sommelier

Job Title: 8608 Head Sommelier
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Dorset
Salary: 26000 - 31000 Tronc £2,500 + Live In + Benefits
REF: 8608/2019/CA7156FC
Contact Name: Frank Canonico
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 3 years ago

Job Description

The Company and the Role:
The Company is possibly the most talked-about group of Hotels to emerge in recent years. 
The Company’s Hotels all having a touch of superior elegance inside and outside, fabulous grounds, and are more like a restaurant with rooms and kitchen garden. The concept was created in 2011 and has been recognised with many accolades and industry awards.
The Company is expanding with new venue openings in the pipeline. Their ethos is to give their staff a great place to work that is fun, professional and just a little bit different, with bags of opportunity for career progression and potential international work experience.
They pride themselves in their ability to bring the best out of their FOH Wine Team, with constant learning provided, and freedom to experiment with wine and drink pairings. Complementing the fresh ingredients used in all of the restaurant’s menu items from their own gardens and greenhouses. Creating new guest experiences with passion and delivering on expectations. It can be challenging at times but very rewarding.
The Company is currently looking for a dedicated, organised Head Sommelier to join their FOH Wine Team at one of the most exciting award-winning Hotel restaurants in Dorset close to the South Coast. The position is permanent and full time.
Key Features of the Head Sommelier Role:
• Providing high quality wine and drink pairings to lunch and dinner guests.
• Ensuring guest engagement and quality of experience in a non-stuffy, more informal environment.
• Bringing your own uniqueness to the wine list using the traditional wine cellar.
• Keeping a professional attitude in a busy restaurant and hotel environment, and being aware of all bookings and any guest special requirements.
• Managing the Wine Team, training, development, and ensuring all areas and equipment are properly stocked, maintained, cleaned and set up ready for service.
• Career development in a creative atmosphere is the Company’s goal.

Knowledge and Skills Required:
To be successful in this role you will need to be an accomplished Sommelier and Hospitality professional, perhaps an existing Head Sommelier.
You should have a passion for wines and spirits, and have a friendly and warm persona, a great team player with good organisational skills, and the ability to thrive in a very busy hotel and restaurant, always aiming for high standards.
Understanding of cost control and wine and drinks GP% in your current position.
The Hotel is willing to employ a Head Sommelier who fits their brand, who may have minimal WSET qualifications, but wants to gain more.
Previous experience managing a Hospitality, FOH or Sommelier Wine Team would be essential, however this Hotel does not do wine snobbery or stuffiness!
You will need to be knowledgeable of wine menus, recipes and beverage offerings, coming from a hotel or restaurant hospitality industry sector background.
So, if you like what you have read, and are ready for a new challenge and have your own transport, then please make an application now.
What’s on Offer?
A basic salary of £26K – £31K per annum depending upon your knowledge, experience, wine qualifications and skill set, plus Tronc worth around £2500 per annum. A live-in option may be available subject to a personal contribution towards the rent, and staff occupancy levels.
Career progression within the Hotel and group, due to new venue openings this year and next, as well as the opportunity to work abroad, and in unique venue locations.
Working 5 days out of 7, lunch and dinner typically working 40 - 48 hours per week.
Holiday entitlement is 20 days plus all bank and public holidays, rising by 1 day each year for 5 years.
The Company also offers a Pension, Meals on Duty, Uniforms, Long Service Awards, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme, Perkbox employee discount scheme, Discounts on room rates across the Group’s hotels and Discounted meals and Spa days across the Group’s Hotels.
In addition, there will be access opportunities with leading hoteliers, hospitality entrepreneurs and professionals, with a chance to shadow and train with them.
Development opportunities exist within the Group and they look to grow their people by way of a “Budding Entrepreneurs Programme”, their in-house hospitality training scheme.
Personal achievements and national awards ceremonies which you could win with the backing of the company behind you, recognised by other hospitality and Head Sommelier professionals nationally and internationally.
Applicants Please Note:
Do not apply for this vacancy unless you are an experienced Sommelier.
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