Windsor Castle Jobs
What’s more, there are plenty of vacancies that need filling. Posts currently available include:
Sous chef (45 hours per week, salary £25, 000). Based at Buckingham Palace. There’s no more important job than feeding the royal family and their guests. Poisoning a visiting president because you forgot to look at the sell-by date on the venison is going to land you in the same kind of hot water in which you normally boil eggs. It’s about the same level of responsibility as the person who used to have to roll over the monarch’s bed pre-sleep, just to make sure there weren’t any swords sticking out.
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Recruitment adviser (37.5 hours per week, salary £30-35, 000, plus “rewards package”). Based at Buckingham Place but responsibilities across the realm.
Impress your friends by telling them you’re employed in the Privy Purse and Treasurer’s Office. You’ll need a degree plus the ability to recruit everyone from helicopter pilots to building conservators. There’ll be no time to put up your golden slippers; as well looking after the 1200 staff on the permanent payroll, you have to take on 400 summer-only workers for the gallery-visiting season.
Staff restaurant operations manager (45 hours a week, salary £28, 000). You’ll hardly have time for a sandwich, you’ll be so busy in this role. Not only will you be an integral part of the Master of the Household’s Office, you will also be a key figure in F Branch (hush-hush, it’s rumoured to stand for Food). You must be “hands-on”, “a good communicator” and able to butter sandwiches while working out next week’s menus. Unlike Cinderella, you won’t be stuck in the kitchen doing drudge work, either; for three months of the year, you will be taking your catering skills on tour.
Back of house manager (40 hours a week, salary £26-30, 000). Windsor Castle. You may not get the same face-to-face time with world leaders as your front-of-house colleagues, but you will be doing the kind of unsung, nuts-and-bolts work keeping WC (that’s Windsor Castle) in good order. It’s up to you to boss around builders, electricians and window cleaners, as well as carrying out a rolling programme of repairs and improvements (the palace has been occupied for 1, 000 years; there is bound to be wear-and-tear).
Retail assistant (average of 38.37 hours per week, salary £15, 263). Windsor Castle. Your job is to “ensure that all our visitors from around the world leave with both amazing memories and a souvenir of their visit”. You will also be required to “have a flexible approach to the requirements of the role”. Which means not making a fuss when asked to work late.
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Superintendent, Windsor Castle (37.5 hours, salary described as “competitive”). Reading between the lines, you have to be the iron fist within the jewelled glove. This, says the job description, is “a unique and challenging role”. You may not be able to throw troublesome employees into the dungeons, but you definitely aren’t going to take lip from anybody. Not even the corgis. There aren’t many job ads these days which require the applicant to have “gravitas”.
That said, it’s not all hard work, being a royal retainer. There are plenty of perks on offer: a film club once a month in the Buckingham Palace private cinema, an annual staff quiz, plus all kids of sports clubs (football, cricket, golf) and less strenuous activities such as bingo and themed walks.