Product Executive – Concert & Educational Tours

Location
Derby, Derbyshire
Salary
£18,000 - £24,000 DOE
Posted
12 Sep 2019
Closes
11 Oct 2019
Job function
Product
Hours
Full Time
Contract Type
Permanent

THE COMPANY

At Rayburn Tours, inspiring young minds and creating unforgettable experiences is at the heart of what we do.

Group travel specialists since 1965, we are an independent, family-run business based in Derby.  Our ever-growing team of over 100 employees is dedicated to creating tailor-made, international trips for over 23,000 passengers each year.  Specialising in educational trips, ski trips and sports tours for schools, as well as concert tours for all types of youth and adult ensembles, we aim to inspire our groups to seek adventure, embrace other cultures and learn new skills.

Our sister company, Venture Abroad, offers activity holidays for uniformed youth groups (such as Guides and Scouts) and works closely with the Trefoil Guild to provide an event management service for their Annual Meeting.

We organise a comprehensive package which is comprised of travel arrangements, accommodation, excursions, full itinerary planning and insurance, as well as a multitude of tour-specific extras including organising venues and publicity for concert tours, fixtures for sports tours and study handbooks (linked to the National Curriculum) across a wide variety of subjects for educational tours.

THE POSITION

We have an exciting opportunity for a Product Executive to join our Concert & Educational Tours Department. This role will require you to work closely with our Product Manager in order to assist with the management and development of our Concert & Educational Tours product portfolio. 

Key Responsibilities:

After initial training, the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Product Manager with:

  • Managing and developing supplier relationships.
  • Undertaking negotiations with suppliers to secure contracts and optimal net rates.
  • Managing supplier information and data, providing analysis when required.
  • Monitoring and analysing our products against our competitors
  • Identifying opportunities for new products.
  • Developing new products
  • Delivering training to operational departments on new and existing products.
  • Identifying and addressing potential supplier and product issues.
  • Undertaking destination and accommodation inspections where appropriate

It is a full-time position (37.5 hours per week, Monday – Friday) based at our Head Office in Derby.  The Company operates a Flexible Working Programme for all full-time staff which enables a choice of one of 4 bands to work per week.  The bands are:

                   Band A          08.00 – 16.30hrs      

                   Band B          08.30 – 17.00hrs

                   Band C          09.00 – 17.30hrs

                   Band D          09.30 – 18.00hrs

The start date is immediate and is therefore dependent upon the successful candidate’s notice period.

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

You will have previous experience working in a product position within the travel industry.  The role is suited to those with strong analytical and administration skills.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Experience of working in a product department within the travel industry.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in French, Italian, German or Spanish
  • A positive, enthusiastic, pro-active approach and the willingness to be hands on.
  • The ability to use own initiative.
  • Commercial acumen and able to identify opportunities.
  • Strong negotiation, analytical and IT skills.
  • Ability to travel overseas when necessary.
  • Driving licence

Beneficial Skills & Experience:

  • Experience in group travel.
  • Experience of concert or educational tours.
  • Previous Health and Safety auditing experience.

BENEFITS

  • A basic salary of £18,000 - £24,000 (dependent upon experience)
  • A bonus scheme based on Company Net Profit
  • 24 days holiday per year (increasing with length of service to a maximum of 27 days) in addition to all public holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Cycle to Work and Healthcare Cashback schemes
  • Flexible Working Programme

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please post or email a copy of your CV along with a covering letter stating:

  • Your current role and salary
  • Where you saw this vacancy advertised
  • Why you are a suitable candidate for this position

    Applications should be addressed to Katie Boyden and posted to:

    Joint Managing Director

    Rayburn Tours Ltd

    Rayburn House

    37 Brunel Parkway

    Pride Park

    Derby

    DE24 8HR

or sent by email by clicking "Apply"

Closing date: 11th October 2019

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