Employer Feature - Corbin & King inploi Team | 27.01.2017
“You do a couple of years working for Chris and Jeremy and you’ll walk into any job”. Back in the 1970s, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King founded what was to become one of London’s most respected and successful hospitality groups - Corbin & King.
Corbin & King are the umbrella group that own some of London’s top restaurants and hotels, including The Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel, The Delaunay and The Beaumont.
Needless to say, these guys are passionate about hospitality, and even more so, about supporting those who love working in the industry.
Corbin & King’s London venues are open around the clock, providing exemplary training to their staff and nurturing some of the city’s top hospitality talent. Maintaining professional standards, and offering customers a unique and memorable experience is therefore part of the daily routine.
Back in the 1970s, advancing in the hospitality industry was challenging. Corbin and King have therefore worked hard to provide their employees with in-house training opportunities - giving them the best chance of promotion both within Corbin & King, and beyond.
“One of the things that spurred me on in looking after staff is becoming a parent, because every single one of these people is somebody’s daughter or somebody’s son.” - Jeremy King, co-founder.
Corbin & King work with a team of over 800 employees, and supporting the company’s staff is of utmost importance. The group has a Paid Training Active Succession plan in place, providing monthly training opportunities where employees at all levels can develop their personal skills at their own pace. As a result, 4 out of 5 General Managers and 3 out of 5 Head Chefs working for Corbin & King have advanced to their positions by working their way up the ranks within the group!
Corbin & King’s rising stars initiative ensures that individual work is acknowledged, with junior staff being handpicked for management training. Furthermore, great work is widely rewarded, with approximately 160 staff per year being given the opportunity to travel overseas to visit suppliers first hand. Previous trips have included Italy, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic!
“It’s a cliché, but I think, “train the skill, hire for will”. The right attitude is so important. We like to offer all our staff a nice working environment, where they can feel motivated and challenged, but at the same time offer a sense of value to each individual and the opportunity to develop their skills. All our restaurants are full on environments, but we all make sure that our team is supported and looked after.” - Oliver Smith, Group Recruitment Manager.
Restaurants and hotels can be easily run by figures in high castles, but at Corbin & King, every employee is introduced to one of the founders on their induction day. At Corbin & King, all employees, from junior roles through the management muck-in, and their reputation across the city is a testament to each individual’s contribution.
Perks & Training:
- A working week of 50 - 55 hours with hourly paid overtime
- A structured training and development course Corbin & Kings highly regarded Chefs Academy Programme plus learning and progression on the job under the guidance of our Senior Chefs
- 5.6 weeks holiday per year
- Pension and Life Assurance schemes
- Health & Fitness allowance
- Paid Training Active Succession plan in place, providing monthly training opportunities where employees at all levels can develop their personal skills at their own pace
- Rising stars initiative ensures that individual work is acknowledged, with junior staff being handpicked for management training
- Approximately 160 staff per year being given the opportunity to travel overseas to visit suppliers first hand
- and LOTS more...
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