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Jobs in Southend

Southend Theatres employ around 300 staff as well as volunteers and apprentices.  With the company continually evolving there are often exciting employment and development opportunities.  We have a huge variety of roles working together to deliver all kinds of shows, weddings, events and hospitality and are always looking for skilled and enthusiastic people to join us.  In this diverse environment you never know when you’ll bump into a pantomime dame, a rock star or a blushing bride!

WHY WORK WITH US? CURRENT JOBS VOLUNTEERING SUCCESS STORIES

Why work with us?

A career with Southend Theatres is never dull, often challenging but at the same time fun and rewarding.

  • Our business model is unique and our specialisms are broad.  You will learn and grow with us. 
  • Our teams are super people to work with – we know because they regularly tell us!
  • We expect staff to express their views, to listen to ours and to be part of decision-making processes.
  • We’re proactively committed to diversity and equal opportunity for all.
  • We’re very supportive of our staff achieving a happy work-life balance.
  • Our vision is quite simply to be the UK’s premier provider of live entertainment and hospitality and we know that our people are our most important asset.

Students

Working with the Southend Theatres is popular with students as we offer a range of casual opportunities within hospitality, technical and marketing that can work around your studies.

Types of Roles

Hospitality

Providing an innovative dining, drinking and conference facilities with theatrical flair requires a range of talented chefs and friendly servers over a range of levels and employment types.  

Box Office

The approachable Box Office team provide excellent customer service while proactively selling tickets in this customer-facing role offering fun and flexibility.

 

Technical

Often the hidden function of a theatre, these heroes make the show happen from assisting with the ‘get-in’ to managing the sound and lighting. 

 

Marketing

The award-winning marketing and promotions teams ensure our customers know about the broad-range of incredible events within the venues' many spaces.

 

Administration and Management

Off the stage, a gifted group of administrators, finance and management teams ensure the venues run smoothly. 


 

Hospitality Events Sales Manager

F/T 40 hrs per week

Salary in the region of £23,000 plus performance related bonus.

Are you someone that is driven to achieve targets?  Are you as comfortable at a networking event as planning a big party?  If so then this could be the opportunity for you!
 
We have an exciting opportunity to join Southend Theatres Hospitality team in the role of Events Sales Manager.  We are currently developing and expanding the use of the Cliffs Pavilion function rooms.  We are looking for someone who can proactively attract corporate partners, drive up private hire use by converting enquiries into sales and generally promote our fantastic hospitality facilities and services.
 
Southend Theatres is a thriving and expanding business.  Developing the function room programme is a strand of the business that presents further exciting opportunities.  This role will work closely with the Hospitality Promotions Manager and Marketing Team to realise the full potential.
 
If you have the relevant experience, are keen to join a highly skilled, enthusiastic team and think you can be a key player in the further development of Southend Theatres, we want to hear from you.

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Closing date:  Monday 22nd October 18
Interview date:   Tuesday 30th October 18

 

Bar Staff

£7.38 - £7.83 per hour

Are you a people person?

Do you know what great service is all about?

Do you want to really make a difference?

We are looking for someone who works fast, who keeps positive and is always smiling. If you like being busy, paying attention to detail and working in an upbeat and friendly atmosphere, then we are waiting to hear from you. Previous experience in a similar position is of benefit however full training will be given to the right candidate. The ideal applicant will be well-presented and passionate about selling great coffee and food.

Hours are offered on a casual basis and will include evening, weekend and Bank Holiday working. As the post holder will be required to serve alcohol applicants must be over 18 years of age.

If you are interested in a career in hospitality, we’d like to talk to you!

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Commis Chef Apprenticeship

We are looking an ambitious and organised self-starter who is keen to get started with a career in the kitchen. With training and support, you will learn and undertake a broad range of basic food preparation and operation functions across all kitchen sections to the quality standard set by the Head Chef and Sous Chef.

The successful candidate will work effectively and productively within the kitchen operating in a fair and equal manner that demonstrates effective teamwork. They will learn to ensure ingredients are stored, prepared and cooked correctly to deliver a quality product that is safe for the consumer. They will develop a range of craft preparation and basic cooking skills and techniques to prepare, produce and present dishes and menu items to highest standard in line with business requirements.

For more information and to apply please CLICK HERE
 

 

Casual Kitchen Assistant

£7.38-£7.83 per hour

HQ Hospitality caters for a wide range of high quality small to large scale functions and events, as well as providing a coffee shop, bar and restaurant service to our theatre patrons at the Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre. 

We require a flexible and responsible person to assist the kitchen team in basic food preparation, stock control, wash up and cleaning as instructed. 

Previous professional food preparation experience is essential, preferably in a mid to large scale operation using fresh and perishable ingredients.  You will possess a flexible, honest and reliable attitude and must be able to cope in a calm and efficient manner within a pressurised working environment.  You will also demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team, using your own initiative when required.

Possession of a basic Food Hygiene certificate is essential; previous stock control and/or record keeping would be an advantage.

Hours are offered on a casual basis as and when required and will include evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Job Description

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Commis Chef

£7.38-£7.83 per hour

This is a great opportunity for a hardworking and enthusiastic person to train and develop their skills in restaurant, conference and events food service.  Our freshly prepared restaurant and functions menus change periodically and offer classic dishes alongside seasonal specials.  The post holder will also have the opportunity to utilise creative culinary skills in buffet-style preparation and presentation.

Possessing some practical knowledge and an interest in English and continental cookery, you will demonstrate a flexible attitude, a keen desire to learn and the ability to work in an efficient and calm manner as part of a very busy team.

Good time keeping and reliability is essential, as is the ability to follow instructions and carry out delegated tasks accurately, effectively and within given timeframes.  You will ideally be NVQ trained to Level 2 or equivalent, possess a Food Hygiene certificate and have proven food service experience in a hotel, restaurant or similar establishment.

Hours will offered on a casual basis as and when required and will include evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

Job Description

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Casual Kitchen Porter

£7.38-£7.83 per hour

HQ Hospitality caters for a wide range of high quality small to large scale functions and events, as well as providing a coffee shop, bar and restaurant service to our theatre patrons at the Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre. 

We require a flexible and responsible person to assist the kitchen team in maintaining high cleanliness standards, receiving, recording and putting away deliveries, washing up and cleaning as instructed.

Good time keeping and reliability is essential, as is the ability to follow instructions and carry out delegated tasks accurately, effectively and with given timeframes.

Hours are offered on a casual basis as and when required and will include evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Job Description

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Do You Love Theatre and the Arts

 

Have you ever considered volunteering?

 

VolunteersThere are lots of reasons why people volunteer. It may be that you want to make use of your skills (or learn new ones). Perhaps you would like to broaden your work experience, give something back to your community...or perhaps you simply want to meet people and make new friends. Whatever the reasons, volunteering with the Palace Theatre is a really rewarding experience!

As a Palace Theatre Volunteer Usher you’ll be the face of the theatre, meeting and greeting our guests and ensuring that they have a fantastic experience when they visit us. We’ll train, guide and support you so that you can volunteer for us with knowledge and confidence. We know that everyone has commitments in their lives, so we’re flexible about when you volunteer. 

Volunteering with the Palace Theatre is an opportunity to taste, first hand, life in a theatre environment. If you have time to spare and would like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

Apply via email


Meet the team

We’re committed to training and developing our staff, preparing them for their next step in whichever direction that might be. Here’s the proof.

Michael Rowley 

Michael started working for Southend Theatres in 2007 as a casual member of the front of house team and for the next 4 years went on to work in every department.  He then went on to enjoy four years as a technician at the Palace Theatre and Dixon Studio - which he managed.  Michael has recently taken on the varied role of Building Support Manager across both Southend venues. 

Michael says ‘The opportunity I have had to expand my knowledge has been exceptional, I love a challenge and with no two days ever being the same I never get a chance to get bored!’

 

Anna Fordham

Anna started working at the Cliffs Pavilion in 2003 under the company of Sodexho before HQ Hospitality took over the theatre in 2007 working as a casual member of staff in the conference and events and the Pavilion Restaurant departments.  Anna worked her way up as supervisor, team leader and is now Conference and Events Assistant Manager running varied events at Southend including weddings, conferences and auditorium award ceremonies catering up to 600 people, Anna has achieved an NVQ in Food & Drink and is near completion of Wedding Planner and Event Management level 3 with the Open Study College.

Anna says ‘I feel privileged to be working at the Cliffs Pavilion now as a Manager, Over the past years, the journey has been eventful and entertaining with a massive learning curve, I have made many friends along the way and I always feel there is support from these and also HQH. No day is ever the same whether it's helping to arrange a couples' dream wedding or the sound of laughter at an Only Fools And 3 Courses dinner as they get up to mischief. I could not ask for a better job and I hope that I can continue to progress through the company.’

 

About HQ Theatres & Hospitality

The Cliffs Pavilion & Palace Theatre are two of 12 venues within HQ Theatres & Hospitality’s (HQT&H) current portfolio of regional theatres and concert halls. HQT&H currently manages 18 auditoria on behalf of local authorities, with capacities ranging from a 200 seat arts centre to a 2,400 seated/standing theatre. Last year HQT&H programmed a total of 2,354 shows which attracted attendances of over 1.5 million.

HQ Theatres & Hospitality (HQT&H), the UK’s second-largest venue operator, is a division of Qdos Entertainment Ltd, one of the largest entertainment Groups in Europe.

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Southend Theatres is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.  The aim is to ensure that all employees are treated equally and are employed solely on the basis of their ability and potential to do the job, regardless of their race, colour, gender, sexuality, disability, age, religion or beliefs.