Join our Team

One of the things that makes Douneside House special is our exceptional team who believe in the ethos of Douneside House and The MacRobert Trust. Our team are committed to ensuring we exceed expectations.

Available catering and hospitality jobs are listed below. If you would like to join our award winning team, and you meet the requirements for the available position, please send a covering note and your CV to - we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Hotel Apprentice – September 2021

A fantastic way to start your career in Hospitality

Are you looking to start a career in an industry that's fun, fast paced and has endless opportunities?

Douneside House is delighted to be a part of the Hospitality Apprenticeship Scheme North East and we're looking for an Apprentice to join us in September 2021.

The scheme starts in September and lasts 18 months and during this time you will spend time in our food and beverage, housekeeping, reception and kitchen departments. You will also join your fellow apprentices for Masterclasses, events and updates throughout your apprenticeship. You will be assigned a workplace mentor - a member of our team who will be there to support and encourage you to succeed.

At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive a SVQ Level 5 - so its a great way to combine on-the-job training with industry recognised qualifications.

Why Douneside?

Douneside House is a hotel with a difference. We are owned and run by The MacRobert Trust, a charitable Trust based in Aberdeenshire, which gives us unique values and a focus on our team and their development.

Based in beautiful Royal Deeside, Douneside House is home to Aberdeenshire’s only three rosette awarded restaurant and Scotland’s Executive Chef of the Year. We are the 2018 winner of the AA’s Hotel of the Year (Scotland). We have 13 bedrooms and a range of holiday cottages and apartments. Our on-site Health Club has a swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room – which our team can use and enjoy on their time off.

Outside, we are situated within Royal Horticulture Society Accredited Gardens and each year six garden trainees join our team too to undertake horticulture training and qualifications.

You will be joining a small, passionate team.. Our apprentices can expect to work hard, learn lots, and have lots of fun whilst being well supported and gaining opportunities to learn all about this fantastic hospitality industry.

The Ideal Apprentice:

-Keen to learn new skills
-Enjoys working with and meeting new people
-Excited about a career in hospitality
-Hard working

Who Can Apply?

People already working in the sector, as well as new entrants, are welcome to apply. The scheme is also open to school leavers.
No formal qualifications are necessary. Apprentices must be under the age of 25 when they start.

Apprentices will earn national living wage, plus a share of gratuities. Shared accommodation in the local village of Tarland is available.

  • Position Published: 10/05/2020

  • Duration: 18 Months

  • Hours: Flexible - full time

  • Days: 5 days per week

  • Department: All Departments

  • Contract Type: Apprenticeship

Chef de Partie

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to develop their career in our three rosette restaurant

Douneside House is a really special place. Set in stunning surroundings in Royal Deeside, Douneside is the AA’s Hotel of the Year Scotland 2017/18 and has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes since 2016. Douneside is owned by The Macrobert Trust, a charitable Trust which exists to preserve the Trust’s estate (including Douneside House) and all profits are either reinvested into the estate or donated to charity. This means our objectives and ethos are very unique.

We believe that great hospitality starts with a great team. A team who enjoy their work, have a good work/life balance, have opportunities to learn new things, and are rewarded fairly for the work they do.

That's why we offer:

-5 extra days annual leave per year (than the statutory requirement)
-Paid overtime or time off in lieu for hours worked over contractual hours
-Income protection and life insurance protection
-Employee wellbeing programme (access to a range of services)
-Free access to our on-site Health Club
-Good quality accommodation (if required)

You’ll be joining a really passionate team that all work together to achieve our goals.

We are looking for a full time Chef de partie to join our team. Ideally you'll have a rosette background and have spent a good amount of time in your previous roles. You'll want to work with the finest ingredients and produce and have a love of fine dining.

Excellent further training and support is provided.

This is a permanent all year round position.

Annual Salary circa £24,500 depending on experience.

(If you have good, solid kitchen experience and an excellent work ethic but may be at a more junior or senior stage of your career than this position then get in touch and we can chat further about opportunities at Douneside).

  • Position Published: 10/05/2021

  • Duration: Permanent

  • Hours: 40

  • Days: 5 Days our of 7 - mixed shifts

  • Department: Kitchen

  • Contract Type: Full time