Commercial Manager

Bodmin, Cornwall
£30,000 per annum
27 Nov 2018
14 Dec 2018
Contract Type

Bodmin and Wenford railway PLC are looking for a Commercial Manager to drive the financial and commercial success of the heritage railway.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To effectively manage the financial, marketing and commercial activities of the railway
  • To provide leadership, vision and staff motivation to the railway’s commercial staff and volunteers and create an environment that provides a quality experience for visitors to the railway and volunteer staff
  • To promote the future development of the company.

Example daily duties include:

  • Working with the Visitor, Events and Marketing Manager to create the annual marketing plan
  • Preparing periodic reports of the accounts, cash flow and forecasts
  • Responsibility for paid staff recruitment, training, discipline, pension arrangements and record keeping
  • Compiling the short, medium and long term business plan in conjunction with the company board.
  • Responsibility for ticket sales, reservations and passenger control arrangements
  • Working with the Shop and Café teams to develop and stimulate sales
  • Attending relevant meetings and develop relationships with local councils / chambers of commerce and others to promote and develop the business of the railway

The job is based on an average working week of 40 hours. The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is a seasonally variable business and the Commercial Manager must (in accordance with the Working Time Directive) adjust their attendance days and working hours to meet the variable demands of the business including weekends and evenings as required. 

Applicants should have:

  • Relevant qualifications/experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Project management and coordination skills
  • Heritage sector (or similar) experience
  • Proven experience in a commercial area showing flair and vision for business development.
  • A record of marketing a customer-centred business with volunteer support.

Company Description

The BWR is a heritage railway situated at Bodmin in Cornwall. It carries around fifty thousand passengers a year in steam and heritage diesel hauled trains. Services are provided around 220 days per year together with special events, dining trains and themed evening trains. 

Other Application Details

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For an informal discussion please contact Chris Hatton, Railway Manager, tel 01208 73666

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