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Director of Hospitality, Events & Facilities

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 32 days holidays

Eden Scott is delighted to be working with The Hub in Edinburgh, home of the Edinburgh International Festival, to recruit a Director of Hospitality, Events & Facilities.

The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) opened The Hub in 1999 as an events, banqueting and café business. Based in a landmark listed building, The Hub is the operational base of the Festival and home to its year-round education and rehearsal activities, as well as performances and other events during the August Festival period.

The Hub operates independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Edinburgh International Festival Society, the charitable company that operates the International Festival. Employing in the region of 30 staff, The Hub is supported by Finance, HR and IT functions shared with the International Festival.

This key appointment as Director of Hospitality, Events & Facilities reports into the Executive Director of the Edinburgh International Festival and is a key member of the leadership team for the EIF.

The roles primary objective is to maintain and develop a high-quality events, catering and café business, working to agreed financial targets and to ensure that the building is run efficiently and effectively to optimise revenue. In carrying out this role, the Director of Hospitality, Events & Facilities will balance these commercial objectives with the needs and brand values of the parent charity.

This Director of Hospitality, Events & Facilities position will play a pivotal role in managing the business and operational activities of Edinburgh Festival Centre Limited (EFC), the trading subsidiary of the International Festival by:

  • Managing and developing The Hub's events, meetings and catering business in order to optimise revenue
  • Managing and maintaining an historic listed building and provide building support services to the International Festival within The Hub
  • Working alongside the International Festival team to maximise opportunities for income generation from bars and catering year-round but particularly over the August festival period and to deliver excellent customer service
  • Line management responsibilities of a senior team of four: Head of Events, Head of Event Sales, Head Chef and Head of Facilities

Principal areas of responsibility:

  • Staff management
  • Hospitality & Events & Catering (self-operated)
  • Building services
  • Business & sales
  • Regulatory

Key skills and experience required:

We are seeking an experienced and commercially minded senior manager, with a proven track record in motivating a team to deliver high quality service standards. Excellent experience in running a banqueting and events business is essential, as is an understanding of sales and marketing.

Experience in building management and restaurant and café management would be an advantage.

Applying candidates should have a CV that details:

Essential skills/experience:

Events business

Analytical business skills

Catering management in a commercial environment

Hospitality services

Staff management & development


Events sales and marketing

A passion for good food and excellent customer service

Qualification to degree level or equivalent in hospitality or events management

Highly desirable:

A personal license holder, or must be prepared to obtain this at the earliest opportunity

Desirable skills/experience:

Business planning

Business development

Building management

Public performance venues

Advanced Food Hygiene Certificate

Knowledge of beers, wines and spirits

Excellent salary circa £50,000 - £55,000 dependent on skills and experience is on offer plus various generous company benefits in order to secure the right candidate.

Benefits include 32 days holidays including public holidays, three month notice period, pension and access to EIF tickets.

Eden Scott are dealing exclusively with this client on this vacancy so please submit your CV on line or to and for an informal chat please call Sally on 0131 550 1138

Closing date 5.00pm Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Successful candidates will be invited to interview on Thursday 11th July 2019

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