Castle Manager - Dunnottar Castle

  • Job Reference: 00030002-1
  • Date Posted: 28 June 2024
  • Recruiter: Eden Scott
  • Location: Stonehaven
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Commensurate with experience
  • Sector: Temp, Interim & Seasonal, Venue, Attraction, Travel and Entertainment, Customer Service
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Eden Scott are delighted to be working with Dunnottar Castle, for over 600 years the Castle has hosted some of the most dramatic events in Scottish history, and has been graced by some of the most influential (controversial) characters -Oliver Cromwell, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots to name but three.

The Castle is owned by Dunecht Estates and is internationally recognised as one of Scotland's most iconic visitor destinations - often referred to as the 8th wonder of the world.

We are actively recruiting a Castle Manager to oversee the day-to-day visitor operation and lead their dedicated team of Custodians.

Dunnottar Castle is a world-renowned tourist attraction that has played host to some of the most significant events in Scottish history and holds many secrets to its colourful past.

Once an impregnable fortress, the Castle is now largely a ruin and a Scheduled Ancient Monument, yet its location some 150ft above a rocky outcrop in the North Sea still provides a powerful, haunting, and dramatic backdrop for the >120,000 visitors they welcome each year.

The Castle Manager will have operational oversight of the Castle on a day-today basis and lead a dedicated team of Custodians who maintain their consistently high standards of service delivery and visitor experience. Dunnottar Castle is owned and operated by Dunecht Estates.

As the Castle Manager you will be based at Dunnottar Lodge, Stonehaven, where you will have operational oversight of the Castle on a day-to-day basis. Your will report to the Head of Rural Enterprises and work closely with other Estate departments that are key to their success including their Finance and Maintenance team.

Responsibilities include:

Leadership and Management:
Operational Oversight:
Financial Performance:
Guest Experience:
Strategic Planning:
Marketing and Public Relations:
Facility Management:
Community Engagement:

We are seeking a candidate with:

Demonstrable experience of leading a team at an operational level including, recruitment, workload planning, resource deployment and delegation, ideally within the tourism industry or similar industry such as events or hospitality.

You should be a self-starter and a natural problem solver who is highly organised. Great time management skills and exceptional interpersonal / leadership qualities are essential to ensuring the business operates efficiently, profitably and safely.

You will possess a full UK driving licence and have access to a suitable vehicle for business use.

Salary: Commensurate with experience


29 days annual leave rising to 31 days after two years
Pension Scheme
Life assurance scheme
Health insurance