The primary objective of The Kennel Club is to improve in every way the welfare, health and general well-being of all dogs throughout their lives, through various research and educational programmes, and our charitable trust.
As an organisation we are committed to promoting and protecting dogs' varied roles in society and defending the interests of all dog owners.
If you have the relevant skills, an interest in dogs, and want to join our team, please read on.
Our central London office is located at Clarges Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8AB.
Equal opportunities and diversity
The Kennel Club is committed to activities that promote the culture of equality of opportunity. We recognise the worth of every individual and appreciate the benefits to be gained from making full use of people's talents to enhance our business performance.
We are committed to ensuring that recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion procedures result in no job applicant or employee receiving less-favourable treatment on the grounds of:
- ethnic or national origin
- religion or belief
- trade union membership or non membership
- sexual orientation or marital status
- full-time/part-time status
The Kennel Club's objective is to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated solely on the basis of their relevant aptitudes, skills and abilities. All employees are responsible for ensuring that our equal opportunities and diversity policy is adhered to.
Rewards and benefits
To work for The Kennel Club you need to be passionate about making a difference for dogs. We believe that the unique skills and dedicated work of our staff should be rewarded. Below are the benefits we offer our staff:
Learning and development
We aim to provide learning opportunities that support our business at individual, departmental and organisational level. We will provide training opportunities to permanent, temporary and part-time employees to maintain and improve work performance and development opportunities to support employees in realising their potential where opportunities exist within The Kennel Club.
We aim to create an environment where individuals are able to take responsibility for their own learning and development; an environment which recognises learning as an important element of organisational and individual achievement. We aim for continuous improvement in everything that we do. We have a dedicated learning and development team and offer financial support for professional and vocational qualifications, with five days' study leave provided.
A structured induction plan will be provided by a manager for all new employees and where necessary for existing employees embarking on a new role. This will include an overview of The Kennel Club and on-the-job orientation. Seminars/workshops designed for inducting new employees are also organised by the human resources department.
We make every attempt to help colleagues achieve a work/life balance through flexible working practices. These can include many types of part-time working arrangements. The options available to colleagues will depend on individual circumstances, and the demands and priorities of the department in which employees are based.
We offer a core annual leave entitlement of 22 days (pro rata) in addition to statutory holidays, increasing by one day per year up to 26 days per year. In addition to this, staff who work during the weekends of Crufts and Discover Dogs can opt to receive one and a half days' leave for each day worked.
The health and well-being of our staff is important to us. This is why we provide a number of health-related benefits for employees such as a healthcare cashback programme with the first level paid for by The Kennel Club. In addition to this, free eye tests are available for all staff, with a further £55 voucher given towards buying spectacles (dependent upon eye test results). All employees are able to benefit from an employee assistance programme, providing access to independent advisors and counsellors for staff and their immediate families. We have also set up an arrangement with an occupational health service to which we can refer staff if there are any health concerns.
We offer salaries that reflect the market we operate in and regularly check ourselves against similar roles in other organisations.
It is never too early to plan for your retirement and whatever arrangements you have made already, our stakeholder pension scheme (provided by Legal and General) is a valuable addition to them, particularly as The Kennel Club will contribute too.
Free life assurance is provided to all staff working at The Kennel Club, at the rate of two times your annual basic salary in the event of death in service. If you are a member of our stakeholder pension scheme, this is three times your annual basic salary.
Interest-free season ticket loan
Travel can be expensive. To help you pay for your travel to work, you can apply for an interest-free season ticket loan for travel on buses, coaches and trains, with repayment made over 12 months through a deduction to your monthly salary. This is available to full-time staff members who have successfully completed their probation.
Long service and retirement
We are really proud of the length of time colleagues stay with us. To show our appreciation, we hold a special celebration upon 25 years service and for those who retire. The special person also receives a gift from The Kennel Club (previous gifts have included a flight to Thailand and a laptop computer).
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