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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:

  • race
  • colour
  • nationality
  • ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • disability
  • trade union membership or non membership
  • gender
  • 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.

Induction training

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.

Flexibility

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.

Paid holiday

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. 

Well-being

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.

Salaries

We offer salaries that reflect the market we operate in and regularly check ourselves against similar roles in other organisations.

Pension

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.

Life assurance

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).

Current vacancies

Club Manager
Club Department
Central London based

The Kennel Club is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. We run the world’s largest dog event, Crufts. We also hold the UK’s largest registration database for pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is one of the UK’s biggest reunification services for microchipped animals.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the organisation for a Club Manager to join the busy department. This is a full time, permanent position offering a competitive salary. You will have the opportunity to attend a variety of events held across the country on behalf of The Kennel Club.

We are looking for someone to manage The Kennel Club’s hospitality services to the members and their guests. Additionally, they will be responsible for developing and improving the Club department’s business performance.

The ideal candidate must have previous experience of working within the hospitality sector. You will be confident in organising your own workload and possess excellent communication skills. You will be comfortable in managing a budget and have knowledge of health, safety, hygiene, and food safety policy regulations and compliances.

Excellent leadership skills are required, including the ability to train and develop the front and back of house staff. Previous experience of working within a private members club, fine dining restaurant or similar is essential as is knowledge of beverages, food and menu planning. Experience of working with a committee and having full input would be advantageous.

It is important that you have a flexible working attitude and are prepared to work away from home when attending our events. You will need the ability to work well under pressure and within a diverse environment, whilst remaining customer focused.

A previous knowledge of The Kennel Club and the dog world would be beneficial. As would a good business and commercial insight.

Alongside a competitive salary, you can benefit from a generous contributory pension scheme, interest free season ticket loan, life assurance and healthcare cash plan.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this role. Further information can be requested from this email address.

Closing date for applications is 24 January 2021.
Public Affairs Assistant
Public Affairs Assistant
Central London / home based
Maternity Cover

The primary objective of The Kennel Club is to improve in every way the welfare, health and general wellbeing of all dogs throughout their lives, by means of various research and educational programmes, and our Charitable Trust. The Kennel Club is an organisation committed to promoting and protecting dogs’ varied roles in society and defending the interests of all dog owners.

A vacancy has arisen for a Public Affairs Assistant to support the External Affairs division in their work to further The Kennel Club’s involvement with Public and Parliamentary Affairs. The post will be for a fixed term period of 6 months, possibly extending to 12 months to provide Maternity cover for elements of an existing role.

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak the role will be home based initially. The expectation is the post holder will work from our central London office if/when safe to do so.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • A University degree
  • Interest in Public Affairs work
  • Social Media knowledge, including Twitter
  • Good organisational abilities
  • Excellent communications skills, written and verbal
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Work experience or previous employment in a public affairs environment
  • Live within commuting distance of central London
In this position you will assist the External Affairs division in various aspects of their work, which will include administrative duties, parliamentary monitoring and arranging events.

Duties are likely to include but not be limited to:
  • Assist with developing/delivering public affairs strategies and plans.
  • To deliver professional public affairs campaigns to the Westminster Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.
  • Promote The Kennel Club generally in parliament and the devolved administrations.
  • To lead on local lobbying campaigns relating to access for dog walkers.
  • To assist in organising parliamentary or related events and attend parliamentary and external meetings as necessary.
  • To write regular content for internal publications.
  • To upload related content to websites.
  • To develop content for The Kennel Club Public Affairs team’s Twitter account.
  • To undertake research, correspondence and telephone enquiries.
If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suitable for this role.

Closing date for applications is close of business on Friday, 29 January 2021.

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