Princess jobs: most will be new positions
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel is seeking to fill 150 full-time, non-seasonal positions as it moves ahead with phase two of its $90 million renovation and redevelopment project.
It is particularly keen to attract graduates and students who want to enter the hospitality sector as the Island gears up to host the 2017 America's Cup.
With the Cup and next year's World Series racing events on the horizon, Jeanette Matthew, director of human resources at the hotel, said it was an exciting and opportune moment for new recruits to become involved.
The hotel was unable to provide a full breakdown of how many of the 150 jobs were new positions as opposed to seasonal rehires, but did say the majority were new posts.
A career fair will be held at the hotel on December 29. It will coincide with the time of year when many Bermudian students and graduates return to the Island from overseas to be with their families.
“We will have 150 positions in the spring and we want to attract students and graduates, and anyone else who would like to come on by,” said Ms Matthew.
Positions available range from the food and beverage departments and human resources, to sales, reception roles and jobs within the “heart of the hotel”.
The new jobs are being created in anticipation of increased business when the second phase of the property's $90 million renovation is completed.
“It's a wide variety of jobs. We would love to have as many Bermudians as possible. We like guests to have a Bermudian experience,” said Ms Matthew. She also noted the hotel is an international brand and reflects that with its diversity of employees. The career fair is open to all comers.
Advance information about the available positions can be found on the hotel's website and Facebook page.
Next spring the hotel will reopen its popular Heritage Court, currently being renovated, together with a new restaurant in the Gazebo room, headed by acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson.
“We are really excited about the phase two renovations. When completed that will be the end of the disruptive renovations,” said Ms Matthew.
“I encourage people to come to the careers fair and network. I encourage students, parents and anyone interested in joining the Fairmont Hamilton to come along.”
Ms Matthew said it was an opportunity for people to meet leaders from different departments and to initiate the application process. “Our employees are proud of the lifelong careers they establish here and of the many opportunities for continued professional growth,” said Ms Matthew.
Fairmont also has a leadership development programme, which allows selected candidates to work on a rotation basis at a variety of positions at the hotel to put them on possible career pathways overseas within the Fairmont group.
The 130-year-old Fairmont Hamilton Princess has 410 rooms, including 43 suites, shops and a number of restaurants.
Hotel owners, the Green family, this month announced that in anticipation of the America's Cup an additional $1 million is being spent renovating two penthouse suites.
While the second phase of renovations is undertaken the hotel remains open for business. Its 1609 and Harvey's restaurants and its cafe outlet near the lobby can continue to be enjoyed by the public.
The career fair in the hotel's Adam Lounge on Monday, December 29, will run from 10am until 2pm. Prior to the fair, interested applicants can learn more about the jobs available at the hotel and begin the application process at fairmontcareers.com.
Information about the career fair can be found at www.facebook.com/FairmontHamiltonPrincessCareers.
Callers can also contact the hotel directly for information.