Visitor Services Supervisor - Food and Beverage

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £24,737 - £26,395 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Bessies Bar


To provide operational coordination and supervision of catering, visitor services, and events in line with the Trust’s policies, priorities, performance standards and targets to contribute to the enjoyment of the property by visitors and members, and help ensure commercial, financial, and conservation objectives are achieved.
The Visitor Services Supervisor at a Trust property plays a pivotal role ensuring that the management objectives are achieved through excellent customer service, and, with delegated responsibility for catering, events and duty management is very often the “face” of the Trust to visitors and suppliers. As such, they directly influence public perceptions of the Trust and are crucial to developing and maintaining the property’s local/national reputation.


Supervising/undertaking the day-to-day operation of the cafe and environs to ensure an excellent customer/visitor experience. This includes supervision of:
 Visitor services, catering and events (including ordering).
 Line management of Visitor Services Assistants.
 Duty management and oversight/maintenance of the property.
 Ensure the property social media is managed to generate interest, engagement and help drive visitors.
 Ticketing & membership sales (to targets) and general customer service (individuals, education visits, other groups).
 Security of the Property.
 Health & Safety procedures, emergency procedures, and environmental procedures.
 Deputising for the Visitor Services Manager / Operations Manager on-site and off-site as required.
Responsible for day to day financial administration at the property, including:
 Ensuring the completion of cash/till reconciliation.
 Week-end reports and reconciliation.
 Completion of the banking and all cash handling processes.
Supporting the Visitor Services / Operations Manager with:
 Recruitment; induction; development; and management of all visitor services employees and volunteers such that they understand and are equipped to fulfill their roles to the standards required and that they feel valued, respected and supported.

Working closely with other managers across the Property to deliver a programme of visitor events, which increase visitor numbers, drive secondary spend and support overall Property targets.

Instil a Health & Safety culture across the property, ensuring the team work within the property’s ‘Safe System of Work’ to reduce risk of incidents and accidents to volunteers, employees and visitors.


 No formal educational qualification required (but see “Experience” below).
 A full, clean driving license for driving in the UK.

Skills, Experience & Knowledge
 Significant previous experience of working in an operations role in the hospitality industry – including supervision of staff and/or responsibility for specific activities.
 Previous event coordination/management experience.
 Excellent customer service skills.
 Excellent organisational, administrative and time-management skills with the ability to prioritise and re-prioritise workload to meet changing demands.
 Proven sales skills with the ability to achieve targets.
 The ability to think and act quickly when confronted with emergencies.
 Competent user of Microsoft Office products,
 An understanding and commitment to the aims and objectives of the National Trust for Scotland.
 Access to own transport.

 Food Hygiene Qualification.
 A formal qualification in Heritage Management, Hospitality, Tourism or Event Management.
 Baking skills.


Finance Management
 Share responsibility for achieving the catering budget together with the Visitor Services 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 Visitor Services Manager with menu costing and stock-taking.

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 kitchen.
 Use of internal finance and banking systems.

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.

The Purpose, Context, Key Responsibilities, and Person Specification reflect the requirements of the job at the time of issue. The Trust reserves the right to amend these with appropriate consultation and/or request the post-holder to undertake any activities that it believes to be reasonable within the broad scope of the job or his/her general abilities.

Interested applicants should forward a completed application form by email via by 17th February 2023.

Application Deadline: Friday 17/02/2023