The Boutique Chalet Company

Careers

At The Boutique Chalet Company we take great pride in our team members. Our staff are the face of the company and a valuable asset to our business. Working for us won’t be an ordinary ski season – you will have the opportunity to be part of a small but growing company with high aspirations. This will bring with it some challenges, but you’ll be part of a team that really cares about delivering outstanding holidays to our clients, resulting in great job satisfaction.

We recruit people with a genuine love of the mountains, but more than that, we look for individuals who are prepared to go the extra mile to give our guests their perfect holiday experience. We deliver five star customer service from the very first guest interaction and we prepare our staff with an intensive pre-season training programme. Our team will have the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful properties in the Alps, hosting discerning guests from across the world.

Alongside seasonal positions we also seek to hear from individuals who have the skills and enthusiasm to become longer term members of our team and to help us to grow our business and achieve it’s ambitions.

If you are looking to further your career in hospitality through a challenging and exciting position abroad, or believe you can deliver a fabulous experience to our clients over a season then please take a look at our current vacancies and get in touch.

Team Work

At The Boutique Chalet Company we are firm believers in the strength of team working. Our team works as one across our portfolio of luxury properties to ensure we deliver the best possible customer service experience. This means you may work in different properties as the season progresses, depending on the needs of our guests and during the busiest periods we always help each other out. During the winter, our whole team is based in France in the Portes du Soleil, so as well as our Team Leads the Company Directors will be there working alongside you. Throughout the season there will be training and mentoring opportunities with our experienced Team Leads and regular team-building activities to let off some steam and relax in the mountains.

Training

Whichever role you pursue, you will participate in our pre-season training programme. This ensures that everyone is up to speed and feels comfortable in their role before the season starts. It is also an opportunity for our team members to get to know each other and become familiar with our properties and the resort.

Leading Package

We provide a superb package which will be one of the best in the industry. As well as a strong financial reward including a performance related bonus, we offer a flexible benefits scheme which gives you real choice.  You’ll have the option to select your preferred package, be that inclusive of excellent accommodation, a full area pass, equipment hire and comprehensive insurance or a cash alternative in those areas.

Accommodation

We recognise the importance of a good night’s sleep so we provide some of the best staff accommodation of any operator in the Alps. You will be allocated an accommodation allowance based on your grade. This can either be used to accept our pre-arranged allocated accommodation – which is always of a good standard – or if you prefer you will be able to make your own arrangements. Again, it’s about respecting our team as professionals and giving you choice.

Our Portfolio

The size of our portfolio means that you’ll be sure to meet like-minded individuals within the team. Camaraderie is a vital part of your season experience and as well as being close with your colleagues you’ll also have close contact and mentoring from our senior managers and company directors who remain extremely hands-on in the business operation.

Environment

You’ll be working in some of the finest properties in the Alps which make for a stunning working environment. We look for people who will take real pride in this opportunity. We provide a high quality, professional uniform that is both comfortable and will give you the confidence to excel in your job.

Our Guests

All of our guests are unique and you will meet some fascinating people. Your discretion and professionalism are always critical, but we also encourage our staff to create a warm, personable atmosphere. Our guests truly appreciate the extra mile to which all our staff go and this gratitude is extremely rewarding.

Current Vacancies

We are always on the lookout for great chalet hosts, managers, chefs, housekeepers and drivers to join our teams in resort, as well as support staff for our office in Bath. To see a full list of our current vacancies and to submit an application please click the button below.

FAQ

What is the application process?

Research

First you should thoroughly read our website. Learn about our business as well as the positions that are available – this research will be very evident in your application.

Application

Once you have chosen the role to which you wish to apply you should complete the relevant application form and submit this along with your CV and a covering letter – you can also do this by email if you prefer. Take time to do this properly – make sure you detail your relevant experience and identify both why you have the skills to succeed in the role and why you want to work for The Boutique Chalet Company.

First Interview

If your initial application is successful we will invite you to complete a first round interview. Typically this will be completed over Skype and will last for around 45 mins. This will be an opportunity for us to ask some more questions but also for you to find out more about us and the role itself.

Director Interview

In most instances we will also ask you to complete an interview with a Director. This will either be another Skype interview or it may be face to face if a suitable date and location can be arranged. For certain roles this may involve a practical element such as a cook-test depending on your prior experience.

Offer

Successful applicants will be made a formal offer to join our team. This will be subject to a final check of references and any relevant qualifications.

When should I apply?

We’re always interested in hearing from high calibre candidates and have no set application dates. Typically people start to apply for a winter season position in the Spring so the sooner you apply the more chance you will have, but don’t let that put you off because we may still have vacancies as we approach the start of the season.

Can I apply once the season has started?

Yes. We are always looking to hear from high calibre candidates and from time to time we will have vacancies during the season.

How much will I be paid?

We offer a highly competitive package, some of the highlights of which are listed above. You will also receive a share of the weekly tips which can be very generous. The precise financial element of the package varies based on a set grade structure which is dependent on both the role which you apply for and your relevant experience.

Do I need a work permit or visa?

You will need to be eligible for a UK or French contract and to work in France. Typically this means that applicants from most EU countries do not need a visa however applicants from outside of the EU will need to pursue the relevant permissions prior to an application.

When does the season start and end?

This will vary depending on the given resort but typically training will start towards the end of November and your contract will run through to the end of April.

Can I request to work in a particular resort/chalet?

We are happy for applicants to make a request, however this cannot be guaranteed. We require flexibility in all our staff and typically you will work across more than one property over the course of a season. Most of our team see this variety as a positive experience that adds to their season.

Is it possible for me to have my own accommodation?

Our industry leading package includes a flexible benefits program designed to give you a greater level of choice. An accommodation allowance and pre-booked accommodation option will be offered to all members of staff, the basis of the accommodation (i.e. shared or private) will depend on the grade which you are offered. You also have the opportunity to arrange your own accommodation however giving you full choice.

How will I get to/from the resort?

We will provide a relocation allowance as part of your package. Typically this would cover an airfare and associated transfer to the resort in which you will be based. You will also have the option to drive or make your own arrangements.

Should I bring a car?

This is up to you. You certainly do not need a car and it isn’t required for any of our seasonal positions. The benefit of having your own transport is the greater flexibility to explore the area and neighbouring resorts during your time off or at the end of the season. If you do bring a car however you’ll have to make sure it is properly equipped for winter conditions – this will mean fitting it with winter tyres and chains. You’ll also need to make sure it is suitably insured for the duration of the season.

Do I need to speak French?

If French language skills are required it will be detailed on the job specification. Most of our roles do not require you to speak French – the working language of the business is English – however at Chalet Manager level and above we would expect you to have a basic level of French language skills. In all positions we will view French language skills as a strength of your application.


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