Visitor Services Supervisor - Food and Beverage

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £24,252 - £25,877 pro-rata per annum

Location: Haddo House

A visit to The Courtyard Café is an important part of a trip to Haddo House & Country Park, for tourists and locals alike.

The café is a family and dog friendly venue, located within the original stable block at Haddo House.

With a mixture of indoor and outdoor seating we aim to cater for everyone, from the grab and go dog walker to the leisurely Sunday brunch crowd.

We pride ourselves on a warm welcome and a homely menu, serving up soups, as well as hearty meals such as macaroni cheese and deliciously tasty sandwiches. We also have a variety of treats for the sweet-toothed visitors, not forgetting our fabulous scones, seasonal milkshakes, and specialty coffees.


You will be responsible for the operational delivery of the visitor experience in the catering department at Haddo House. Delivering performance standards and targets to ensure enjoyment of the property by visitors and members is maximised and key commercial, financial and development objectives are achieved to make the property fully sustainable. You will be part of a broader management team responsible for delivering an overall visitor service strategy, promoting good communication across the site and a joined-up service provision. You will report to the Food and Beverage Visitor Services Manager for Aberdeenshire North


Visitor experience
• Offer excellent customer service and ensure all members of the catering team do the same.
• Delivering high standards and a consistently warm welcome within the catering department
• Act as one of our duty manager team, responsible for ensuring a safe and smooth visitor operation, opening/closing and security of buildings, addressing issues and emergency procedure and providing relief cover, as required.

Catering operation
• Lead with menu development ensuring presentation of a high-quality food and drink offer.
• Ensure compliance with health and safety, food hygiene, food allergen, licensing, and environmental health standards, completing all related record-keeping.
• Accountable for cost-effective stock management, ordering, storage and wastage control.

People management
• Supervise the activities of a team of permanent and seasonal Visitor Service Assistants (VSAs), achieving excellent staff performance and motivation through effective induction, training, task-setting and coaching on front and back-of-house routines.
• Prepare catering rotas and holiday allocation to meet business needs.
• Work closely with specialist advisory colleagues, i.e.our Trust-wide Catering Development team
• Instill a Health & safety and Environmental health culture throughout the catering operation

Finance Management
• Share responsibility for achieving the catering budget together with the F& B Manager
• Monitor commercial performance and adjust activities to capitalize on sales opportunities and run a cost-effective catering operation.
• Supervise daily café till operations and perform end-of-day income reconciliation
• Assist the F&B Manager with menu costing and stock-taking.
• You may have delegated tasks within other departments and you will understand and help deliver the overall property business plan
• This role is one for which the duties, responsibilities or accountabilities of the role require you to undertake a criminal records check, specifically a Standard Disclosure.

Performance indicators and targets

• Weekly, monthly and annual sales and cost of sales targets
• Food compliance standards and record-keeping
• Visitor enjoyment reviews and ratings from visitor surveys and visitor feedback

Tools / equipment / systems

• Access to laptop and relevant online people management, training, financial monitoring and stock ordering systems, including NTS intranet and Microsoft 365.
• EPOS tills and chip and pin machines.
• Fully equipped commercial catering kitchens.

Application Deadline: Friday 20/01/2023