Careers

Are you looking for a career with The Jockey Club?

We employ more than 500 people at locations around the UK across a diverse range of roles, including management, sales, marketing, finance, racecourse clerking, groundstaff, events management, operations, communications, human resources, estates management, race planning, stud technicians, welfare officers and administration.

We seek to recruit, develop and promote the best people, investing in their training and development, and are proud to hold Investors in People accreditation.

As an equal opportunities employer we want everyone who embarks on a career with The Jockey Club to reach their full potential.

We seek talented people who would relish working within a Group that places high value in excellence, commitment, collaboration and a prosperous and sustainable future for British horseracing.
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Current opportunities:

Head of Fundraising - Racing Welfare

Racing Welfare is the horseracing industry’s main occupational welfare charity providing advice, guidance, financial support and affordable homes to people in need that work in, or are retired from, the horseracing industry.

Are you positive, results-driven and a motivational manager with an impressive track record in fundraising?

To help fund its charitable programme, Racing Welfare has a small but busy fundraising team and we currently have a vacancy for a Head of Fundraising. The role will primarily lead the Charity’s wide variety of main fundraising events and initiatives, which will include attracting and networking with new and existing supporters.

In addition, you will be:
• devising and implementing the Fundraising Strategy, in conjunction with the Chief Executive, and ensuring that all appropriate measures are taken to ensure its success;
• evaluating campaigns and managing budgets;
• line managing the fundraising team, ensuring their personal and professional development; and
• supervising applications to Trusts and Foundations.

You will need:
• demonstrable experience of working within fundraising or commercial management/marketing and recruiting donors/sponsors;
• line management experience;
• experience of managing budgets, both income and expenditure;
• excellent communication skills.

Experience of the horseracing industry is desirable.

The role is based at the Charity’s head office in Newmarket, Suffolk, although some travelling should be expected across the UK including some evening and weekend work.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please submit your covering letter and CV quoting reference HOFRW2014 to recruitment@racingwelfare.co.uk.

Closing date for applications: Friday 15 August 2014

Gardener – Newmarket Racecourses

We currently have a great opportunity for a Gardener based at Newmarket Racecourses.
 
We are seeking a passionate and creative person with a sound knowledge of horticulture and grounds work you will need to be hard working and be a proactive member of the Newmarket team.  Applicants must hold a clean driving licence and be prepared to work with different machinery if necessary. 

 If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please email your CV and covering letter including your current salary and package details to recruitment@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th Aug 2014

Category Manager - Group Purchasing

We currently have a great opportunity for a Category Manager, Group Purchasing based at Enterprise House in Cheltenham.

This new role will report into the Group Purchasing Director and will provide a purchasing service to internal and external clients, the latter being an important part of the new Jockey Club Services business.

Key responsibilities will include carrying out strategic sourcing projects, supporting various purchasing initiatives, spend analysis, identifying and communicating savings, project managing external client take up and developing client relationships.  This will include travel to other Jockey Club sites, suppliers and clients.

The ideal candidate will be of graduate calibre and have proven abilities in dealing with stakeholders at all levels, change management, be numerate and analytical but at the same time be able to think strategically.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please email your CV and covering letter including your salary expectations to recruitment@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th Aug 2014

Regional Marketing Executive – Conference & Events, Sandown Park Racecourse

This is an excellent opportunity for a self motivated individual, with relevant B2B and B2C marketing experience, to manage all aspects of the London Regions conference and events marketing for Sandown Park, Epsom Downs and Kempton Park racecourses.  The role will involve strategic marketing planning and implementation with the objective of driving awareness of the excellent facilities on offer across the region, to grow C&E revenue.
 
Excellent communication skills are essential as you will work closely with the Regional Head of Marketing and liaise with the regional sales teams as well as managing relationships with external agencies including creative, media and PR. You will need to be a team player, self motivated, organised, work well under pressure with the ability to work alone at times to deliver projects to conclusion.

Strong IT and administration skills are also required. The ability to demonstrate high levels of creativity and innovation and an understanding of fulfilling the needs of our customers are essential. Previous experience of managing digital marketing campaigns is also required.

If you believe you meet the required criteria and are interested in applying for this role please email your CV and covering letter, including your salary expectations to: recruitment@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th August 

Head of Partnerships

This new role has been created to build on existing foundations, maximising the value of current commercial partnerships with sponsors and to identify, develop and grow new partnerships, revenue streams and improved brand awareness.

Whilst the primary focus of this role will be in the North West and in particular in relation to the Grand National Festival, there will also be a requirement to work closely with our Group Sales and Marketing Director, Tom Manners, on group wide sponsorship, partnership and brand development activity. This role will have a significant impact on the region’s overall financial performance and the relationship between the Regional Head of Sales and Regional Head of Marketing and their teams will be key.

To be successful in this role you will need to have a sound knowledge and understanding of the sports and events sector with significant experience and a proven track record in a senior sponsorship/partnership role. You will have personal experience of successful and proactive selling and strong negotiation and influencing skills. Your excellent commercial acumen will be combined with proven relationship building skills and an ability to be approachable and at ease with both senior and junior colleagues and customers.

If you believe you meet the required criteria and are interested in applying for this role please email your CV and covering letter, including your salary expectations to: recruitment@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 25th July

Senior Rooms Steward - The Jockey Club Rooms Newmarket

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with proven experience of managing high profile events and leading teams of people to ensure the smooth running of all meetings and events.  You will work closely with the Deputy General Manager on all aspects of the day to day operation of the Rooms for Members, corporate and private client events.

Excellent communication skills are essential as is the ability to perform under pressure. You will need to have the necessary level of gravitas to deal with a distinguished clientele at the same time as being approachable and able to work well as part of a team. Given the nature of the role a good knowledge of food and wine is also essential as is meticulous attention to detail ensuring consistent delivery of service.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please email your CV and covering letter or to request an application form please contact recruitment@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Closing date: Thursday 31st July 2014

Groundsperson - Kempton Park Racecourse

Kempton Park Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, the largest racecourse group in the UK.  We currently have a position for a Grounds person to join the team. 
 
Basic knowledge of turf husbandry and groundsmanship are desirable along with a willingness to learn.  The successful applicant will demonstrate their ability to work hard and be a proactive member of this dedicated and conscientious team. 
 
Applicants must have a clean driving licence and be a competent tractor driver.
 
Some unsociable hours will be required due to the nature of the business including evening, weekend and Bank Holiday work.
 
If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please email your CV and covering letter or to request an application form please contact recruitment@thejockeyclub.co.uk

Closing date: Friday 1st August 2014

Regional Head of Sales – London

With a portfolio of 15 racecourses including Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, Jockey Club Racecourses is the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover, attendances and contributions to prize money, with a focus on hosting the highest quality Flat, Jumps and All-Weather Track racing.

Jockey Club Racecourses aims to be the best racecourse operator in Europe for customers and racing’s participants, generating the maximum funds available for reinvestment in the long-term development of its venues and British racing as a sport, in line with the mission of The Jockey Club.

If you can sell out hospitality at a festival featuring the world’s greatest flat race, whilst also achieving ambitious growth plans across 135 other race days, building our successful conferencing and events business and expanding our first class sponsorship portfolio then we want to hear from you.

We are looking for a dynamic Regional Head of Sales to lead the sales teams for Jockey Club Racecourses London Region which features 3 of Britain’s best known grade 1 racecourses

• Epsom Downs – Home of the Investec Derby the world’s greatest flat race
• Kempton Park – Britain’s busiest racecourse , home the William Hill Winter Festival and Europe’s busiest market
• Sandown Park – Home to the Coral Eclipse, bet365 Gold Cup and Tingle Creek where we have ambitious plans to become Britain’s favourite racecourse. The Exhibition News Small Venue of the year for the second year running.
Your remit is to manage our sales teams to build our success to the next level by leading our sales growth in 3 key areas:

• Hospitality – with 10% of the UK’s racing fixtures including the Investec Derby Festival we are looking to grow our race day hospitality sales in a very dynamic and competitive sporting and leisure environment
• Conferencing and events – we are open for business 365 days a year and are looking to maximise the return from our facilities. We are expanding in the meetings, conferencing, banqueting, markets and exhibitions business
• Sponsorship – we have strong relationships with our key sponsors we need to support these key customers and expand our portfolio to reflect our position in the market place.

We are looking for a strong leader with proven relevant experience who will take us to the next tier of our ambitious growth plans. The role is based at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey and there will be a requirement to travel to other racecourses as required.

The recruitment for this position is being managed by Nolan Partners. If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please email your CV and covering letter to them at: pnolan@nolanpartners.co.uk 
 

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Please note: we only recruit new employees when we have vacancies, so please do not send us your CV on a speculative basis.

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