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As one of the UK's leading holiday operators, and market leader in offering holidays by rail, we are passionate about giving our customers an experience which leaves them wanting to travel with Great Rail Journeys time and time again. To achieve this, our people put the customer first in everything that they do. This service ethos extends further than just those who deal directly with customers, it applies equally to those who work behind the scenes making our holidays a success. If this sounds like something that you want to be part of, please consider a career with us!

You would be joining approximately 100 office-based colleagues at our Head Office in York and over 250 Tour Managers from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of ages and life experience - all of whom gain personal satisfaction from ensuring that Great Rail Journeys customers have a relaxing and memorable holiday.

For office-based opportunities, please send a copy of your CV and reasons why we should interview you to our HR Department, Recruitment@greatrail.com.  All new opportunities are detailed below and we would encourage you to regularly check this section of our website.

For Tour Manager opportunities, please email our TM Team, tm@greatrail.com to request an application form. 

Current Office Opportunities

CALL CENTRE SALES MANAGER


 The successful Call Centre Sales Manager should possess the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience of working in a competitive sales and customer service environment and delivering to deadlines and targets.
  • Solid and proven problem solving, accuracy, decision making and analytical capabilities.
  • Proven man management skills including performance management skills.
  • Demonstrable commercial experience & awareness.
  • Strong communicator with the capacity to be influential and amenable.
  • Previous work experience in a travel business environment
  • Exhibits a mentor and coaching approach to developing team members
  • Working knowledge and practical application of that knowledge on Microsoft Office.
  • Able to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines
  • A strong team player

Click HERE for a PDF of the full Call Centre Sales Manager job description. 

Applications process:  Email CV and covering letter to Recruitment@greatrail.com

 

TEMPORARY VACANCIES AVAILABLE - Product & Customer Services

 

Exciting opportunities have arisen for highly motivated and customer focused Administrative Assistants to join the UK's market leading tour operator of escorted holidays by rail.  

Administrative Assistants will:

  • Undertake general administrative duties to support the administrative process of holiday enquiries/bookings/confirmations and delivery of tickets/reservations.
  • Provide reliable, timely and accurate information to suppliers and/or customers.
  • Provide reliable, timely and accurate information for the Tour Manager's and Customers.
  • Assist with the preparation and despatch of documentation to Tour Managers and/or Customers ensuring all information and documentation is correct.

The successful Administrative Assistants should possess the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience of working in a customer focused environment with a strong emphasis on customer service
  • Strong interest in travel with good geographical knowledge
  • Strong customer service abilities and proven administrative skills
  • Capable of following written and verbal instructions and possess a clear and concise approach in verbal and written communication
  • Able to work under pressure to meet strict deadlines whilst exhibiting excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written English and numeracy skills
  • Good general education and knowledge of Microsoft software packages
  • Possess a methodical and organised approach to work, both individually and as part of a team

Applications process:  Email CV and covering letter to Recruitment@greatrail.com

 

 

Current Self-Employed UK Resident Tour Manager opportunities for 2015


The initial closing date for our 2015 intake has now closed.  However there may be further opportunities in Spring/Summer 2015.  If you are interested in the role please e-mail tm@greatrail.com to request an application form.  We are happy to hold completed application forms on file until further opportunities arise.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE PREPARED TO TRAVEL TO OUR OFFICES IN YORK TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW.
(WE DO NOT OFFER SELECTION INTERVIEWS BY TELEPHONE OR SKYPE).

The role of the Self-Employed Tour Manager:

You could be a suitable candidate for the Self-Employed UK Resident Tour Manager role if you have excellent leadership and organisational abilities, can quickly and efficiently solve diverse problems, are diplomatic and friendly, can demonstrate a good understanding of European and Worldwide rail travel, are well-travelled and are available to work in May, June and September (and other times) in 2015.

All of our Tour Managers must be UK resident.

It is preferable to be proficient in a European language in addition to English.

A view from one of our Self-Employed Tour Managers:


"For those who are outgoing and well-organised, have genuine leadership skills, are tactful and discreet, like and are interested in people, appreciate beautiful scenery and wonderful city sights and can impart enthusiasm to others, are unflappable, and enjoy travelling by train, there are few jobs more enjoyable and fulfilling than to be a Tour Manager for Great Rail Journeys.

"But it's hard work too. It's crucial that you prepare carefully for each trip. As soon as you receive your allocation of tours, it's sensible to start reading up on where you are going and what you are likely to see. You don't need to be a walking Beidecker on each city you visit, but it's as well to learn in advance a bit of the country's history, its system of government, familiarise yourself with local customs and laws. In most places GRJ offers a superb local guide who knows more about the attractions of their city than you will ever learn from a guidebook - rely on them to provide the local colour and knowledge.

"You should aim to be that sort of dinner guest who can chat intelligently to strangers about interesting things without boring them rigid with too much detail and trivia. Be willing to listen as well. You'll find some really interesting people take part in GRJ holidays - doctors, lawyers, police officers, civil servants, teachers, priests, captains of industry. Sometimes they want to remain incognito - even if they tell you their secrets, they may not want others to know, so be sure you respect confidences. You will enjoy their company: do your best to get to know every one of them individually during the course of the holiday.

"It's vital that you plan each day with great care. Make sure you know where you are supposed to be meeting your passengers and when. Check out in advance which platform your train is leaving from, and where in the train your reserved seats are. Be willing to be firm (but courteous) if others are sitting in your allocated seats. Watch out for pickpockets everywhere, especially on busy stations where you have only a short time to connect trains. Think through where and when your passengers will be able to get some refreshments, and don't forget to plan loo stops!!

"The service you get from the GRJ office in York is superb. Not only are they very, very nice people, they're efficient as well, and there to help you. Don't bother them with trivia, but don't be afraid to ask if there's something about your holiday you don't understand. Above all, read the tour manager's notes sent to you by the York office several times, and follow the instructions to the letter."

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