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Who Are We?

Established in Edinburgh in 2004, Absolute Escapes is an award-winning specialist in self-guided walking holidays and tailor-made travel in the UK & Ireland.

Our first-hand knowledge and meticulous attention to detail is key to exceeding the expectations of our clients from around the world. By listening carefully to our clients’ requirements and planning fabulous itineraries where the logistics work, we allow people to hold onto their spirit of adventure – no matter how busy their lives have become.

We’re never so lost in logistics that we forget that our holidays allow people to spend precious time reconnecting with nature, with each other, and rejuvenating. Each holiday we book is as individual as the person it is created for.

 

Job Description

As part of our continued growth plans we are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and professional individual who is passionate about travel and the outdoors to join our team as a Marketing Assistant – Intern. This part-time position is for 25 hours per week for a 6 month period and would suit a recent graduate or a student working towards their Master’s degree, and looking to gain some marketing experience in an exciting and fast-paced industry. There is a possibility that this will develop into a full-time position on a permanent basis.

The role will play an integral part in assisting the Marketing Manager in delivering the company’s marketing plan in promoting our walking holidays and tailor-made tours to both a UK and an international audience. You will be highly organised with excellent attention to detail and keen to develop a career in marketing.

All of our team are passionate about travel and the outdoors, so this role would suit someone with similar interests, as well as a good knowledge of the UK as a tourism destination.

Location

While this is an office-based role, there is the opportunity to combine this with home working for 40% of your working hours. Absolute Escapes office is located in the heart of Edinburgh at Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Support the Marketing Manager to ensure the successful delivery of the marketing calendar
  • Attend regular marketing meetings and assist with planning marketing strategy
  • Responsible for posting content and responding to comments on the company’s social media accounts (Facebook; Instagram; Twitter; LinkedIn; Google My Business)
  • Support the Marketing Manager in proofreading and posting new blog content on the website using our CMS (WordPress)
  • Assist in writing new blog content for the website
  • Assist in adding new holidays to the website and keeping existing pages up-to-date and accurate using our CMS
  • Support the Marketing Manager in developing the company’s link building and online listing strategy
  • Assist in the planning and creation of monthly e-newsletters
  • Create professional and visually-appealing graphic designs using Canva and/or Photoshop
  • Identifying new opportunities and ideas to improve our marketing output. This may involve working alongside the Marketing Manager to interpret data from a variety of sources, including competitor research, Google Analytics, and Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) such as VisitScotland and VisitBritain
  • Complete all monthly task lists that are set by the Marketing Manager
  • Provide cover for the Marketing Manager when he is out of the office for research trips and annual leave
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Evidence of having used marketing skills in a previous role, either paid or voluntary
  • Experience of using different social media channels
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with an ability to deal clearly and professionally by phone and email
  • Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail is essential
  • Problem-solving skills and able to use own initiative to identify improvements to systems and procedures
  • A real people person who thrives on interacting with a variety of people and enjoys working as part of an energetic and enthusiastic team
  • A high level of motivation and a strong work ethic with the ability to work on your own initiative, within a small entrepreneurial business
  • Excellent computer skills required including fluency in MS Word, Excel and Google Workspace
  • Educated to degree level
  • A genuine passion for travel, walking and the outdoors, and knowledge of the UK as a tourism destination
Hours
  • 3 days per week between Monday – Friday
  • 25 hours per week with 1 hour for lunch per day
Start Date

The closing date for applications is the 28th January 2022, and we expect the successful candidate to start in February.

Why Work For Us?
  • Salary of £18,000pa pro-rata based on 25 hours per week
  • Enrolment in the company’s pension scheme
  • 20 days annual holiday pro-rata based on 25 hours per week
  • 8 public holidays
  • Flexible working hours and culture including a blend of office and home-based
  • Employee discounts with many of our suppliers including car hire, ferries, Rabbie’s Tours, Jacobite Steam Train, Scotch Whisky Experience, Cotswold Outdoors and Tiso
  • Fresh fruit deliveries
  • Join company volunteering days such as tree planting in the Scottish Borders for the John Muir Trust
  • Regular team meetings as well as learning and development opportunities
  • Opportunity to progress your career within the company

 

How to Apply

Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be an asset to our team and describing your favourite place in the UK:

Email: Andy Gabe – andy@absoluteescapes.com

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Post: Andy Gabe, Absolute Escapes, Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

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