Overseas jobs with Headwater

Working for Headwater

Headwater is one of the specialist market leaders in the UK offering activity holidays in rural, undiscovered areas of Europe and the Med.

From April to November we offer cycling holidays, guided and self-guided walking holidays and canoeing holidays.

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Overseas representative jobs

For Summer 2016, we have a number of Overseas Representative vacancies across Europe for our self-guided holidays. Guiding or leading activities is not a requirement, but they are important customer focussed roles requiring high levels of self -motivation and organisational ability.

Many Headwater Representatives return to work for us for many seasons, it’s a rewarding job and suits individuals or couples who are looking for a new challenge in a beautiful location, often well off the beaten track.

Claire, who has been our Overseas Representative in the Dordogne for the last four summers, explains what the draw is for her...

My husband and I have worked for Headwater for more than five years, firstly in the Piedmont Region of Italy and then in the Dordogne, France. What we love about the work is the beautiful locations where we get to spend a whole summer and the job satisfaction we get from working for a company genuinely interested in delivering exceptional customer care. As a “mature” couple with a host of professional and personal experience behind us, we also like the fact that (unlike many other “seasonal” jobs), we are treated like adults! Our role is to ensure that customer’s expectations are met and in general terms, we are left to get on with doing just that!

We’ve always been impressed by the standard of the apartments we have had use of over the summer and we’ve made good friends with our neighbours who in the main were “real” locals – not seasonnaires. The work is quite physical because we are moving guests’ luggage and bicycles about, and we do spend a lot of time behind the wheel, but there is variety and no two days are ever the same.

As far as “time-off” is concerned, we’ve managed to organise our work so that we’ve had plenty of time to enjoy the regions where we have been based. Technically we are on-call 24 hrs a day, and although we might be very busy and working to a fixed transfer schedule on some days, at other times our workload is less rigid and there is the ability to schedule work (eg bike maintenance and administration) to suit ourselves - it’s all about self-management and planning! Obviously there’s going to be occasions when things don’t run smoothly - flights and trains get delayed, customers miss connections etc so flexibility is very important and at times we’ve had to change our own plans to make sure the customer receives the standard of service required.

Because Headwater doesn’t run large group holidays, the interactions we have with customers are frequent and enjoyable. Over the years we’ve met some really interesting people from all walks of life and could dine-out on the anecdotes!

If you are interested in working for us then see our Working as an Overseas Representative section find out more. To apply for an overseas position, please email your CV and a covering letter of application to operations@headwater.com

We will commence interviewing for our Summer 2016 vacancies in December 2015.

Jobs at our Cheshire office

Junior Marketing & PR Executive

Full-time, Fixed Term Contract. Northwich, Cheshire.

Headwater Holidays are currently looking for an organised Marketing & PR Executive to join the busy team in Cheshire. The role is initially a 12 month contract with a view to become permanent.

What will you do?

You'll work closely with the Marketing Team to coordinate and deliver sustained volume growth and profitability for Headwater whilst driving brand awareness through multi-channel marketing.

Some of your responsibilities will include managing brand guidelines and mailing campaigns, looking after marketing budgets and databases, developing B2C and B2B partnerships, producing creative content, coordinating exhibitions and events, as well as organising press trips.

Who are you?

You're a star communicator with varied strategic and digital marketing experience in a B2C environment, preferably within the travel industry. You're comfortable using systems and software, you're highly analytical, and you genuinely care about the details.

You're target-driven and solutions-oriented with the ability to build strong internal and external relationships. You're a commercial marketing champion who finds satisfaction in prioritising your workload whilst maintaining a flexible and proactive approach to your responsibilities, whether you're working autonomously or as part of a team.

Experience of planning and managing marketing budgets, a good geographical knowledge of Europe, and an interest in active holidays are a distinctive advantage.

Interested?

Check out the full job description and send your current CV and covering letter to Mattelynn Franklin (hr@exodus.co.uk) to be considered. Interviews will be held at our offices in Northwich.


Operational Finance Executive

Full-time, Fixed Term Contract. Northwich, Cheshire.

Headwater Holidays are looking for a full-time Operational Finance Executive to join our busy team in Cheshire on an initial six month contract with the opportunity to become permanent.

What will you do?

You’ll work closely with our Financial Controller to ensure the smooth running of the Finance department whilst looking after overseas supplier costs.

Some of your responsibilities include reconciling daily customer banking, processing holiday deposits in order to confirm bookings, supporting the compilation of monthly management accounts, managing client travel insurance, and developing strong relationships with overseas hoteliers and suppliers.

Who are you?

You're a finance champion with working knowledge of Sage and overseas payments, preferably in the travel industry. Your interpersonal skills are unmatched and you genuinely care about the details.

Organisation is in your nature and you’re comfortable working to tight deadlines. You’re tech-savvy and solutions-oriented, whilst being mindful of confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information.

You find satisfaction in prioritising your workload whilst maintaining a flexible and proactive approach to your responsibilities, whether you’re working autonomously or as part of a team.

Good geographical knowledge of Europe and an interest in active holidays are a distinctive advantage!

Interested?

Check out the full job description and send your current CV and covering letter to Mattelynn Franklin (hr@exodus.co.uk) to be considered. Interviews will be held at our offices in Northwich.

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