Head of Visitor Experience and Commercial 101 views

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  • Salary £47,353 - £57,285 per annum
  • Organisation Visitor Attraction
  • Job Type Full Time, Permanent

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is the world leader in botanic science and conservation, with two leading visitor attractions, Kew Gardens and Wakehurst.

We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens to provide inspiration and understanding of why plants matter to everyone.

Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden in the Sussex High Weald. One of the South East’s leading visitor destinations, Wakehurst has 500 acres of formal gardens, wooded landscapes, nature reserves, and the world-leading Millennium Seed Bank conservation project.

With a vibrant programme of public events and educational activities, Wakehurst’s audiences are growing rapidly, and there are ambitious plans for future expansion.

We’re looking for an energetic, experienced Head of Visitor Experience & Commercial at Wakehurst. You’ll be at the forefront of developing the visitor experience, and identifying opportunities for improvements using sound commercial reasoning.

Location: Wakehurst, West Sussex

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You’ll lead an engaged, skilled visitor support team and volunteers, and collaborate extensively with other teams across the site. You’ll ensure an excellent standard of customer service, exceeding visitor expectations and attracting new audiences and income.

You’ll manage operations across retail, admissions, membership support, catering and events to ensure a seamless visitor experience. You’ll coordinate with operations areas including Estates, Facilities, IT, Security and Incident Planning.

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of Wakehurst’s success through visitor service excellence. Bringing creative skills, leadership abilities and commercial acumen to the team, you’ll develop innovative approaches to maximise revenue generation and delight visitors.

This is a senior Executive Team role, so you’ll need strong strategic planning and organisational skills, demonstrable experience of leading change and influencing, excellent interpersonal skills and a positive role-modelling attitude.

The salary will be £47,353 to £57,285 per annum, depending on skills and experience

We offer a fantastic range of benefits including a broad range of Learning and Development opportunities, with access to the Civil Service training curriculum, generous annual leave entitlement for new starters, family friendly policies, a choice of competitive pensions and flexible benefits scheme.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

No agencies please.


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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s mission is to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge, building an understanding of the world's plants and fungi upon which all our lives depend. Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history.
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