1 August 2014

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Jobs at Square Meal


Square Meal is a young, dynamic, fast-growing company with market-leading products across a full range of platforms – from websites, apps and exhibitions to guides and magazines. It has a reputation for accurate but entertaining restaurant commentary built over 22 years and its community of high spend diners is unequalled in the UK, making approximately £150m of restaurant reservations online and by telephone annually. Its Venues and Events side has a market-leading position in print magazines and online, as well as an exhibition attracting over 7,000 event organizers and bookers each year. Sister operation Imbibe is the market-leading drinks information service for the UK on-trade, with magazine, website, wine competition and exhibition at Olympia.

With 45 people in our jazzy London offices, just south of the river in Vauxhall, there has never been so many diverse and exciting opportunities. We are always on the look-out for talented, bright people who share our enthusiasm for excellence in this youthful and lively industry and want to work in a creative, go-get-it, happy environment. 

If you are interested in working (or writing) for Square Meal please email your CV to [email protected] for editorial positions and [email protected] for media sales positions. Specific jobs we are recruiting for at the moment are listed below.

Restaurant Team Administrator

Reporting to the Restaurant Relations Manager, the Restaurant Team Administrator would support the restaurant sales team following the sale and in every day administrative duties. Additionally he/she will look after customer service for the rewards scheme and online booking enquiries.

About the Role:

The role of the administrator would include the following:  

  • Processing the Square Meal Extra saleCreating IOVOX accounts for restaurants
  • Enhancing restaurant web pages
  • Restaurant database management
  • Maintaining client records
  • Reconciling restaurant reports
  • Creating the weekly selections email
  • Uploading offers for restaurants
  • Customer service, disputes and enquiries
  • Filing and other general administrative duties

He/she would also be expected to work at PA events (6 x a year) the Square Meal Tasting (once a year) and the Venues &Events show (once a year).

As part of the restaurant sales team he/she would gain a wealth of knowledge of restaurants and the hospitality industry and also benefit from great perks such as invitations to restaurant events and parties and team get togethers.

About You:
  • Self-motivated
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • An interest in the restaurant/hospitality industry

Competent with computer software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook If you are interested in the roll and have the appropriate experience please email your CV to [email protected]

Account manager - Square Meal Venues & Events

Do you have a minimum of 12 months' sales experience in media, marketing, exhibitions or the events industry? Does the prospect of working on Square Meal’s Venues & Events brand excite you? If that’s a yes, send a covering letter with your CV to Chris Zachary, Sales Director, via [email protected]

The successful candidates will sell advertising packages across our full range of market-leading print and online media, as well as exhibition stands and editorial sponsorships to both new-business leads and existing accounts.

Our products cover the annual guide, stylish seasonal magazines and popular website, along with a fortnightly e-newsletter, reader events and the award-winning Venues & Events Live exhibition.

We’re looking for two confident, sociable and self-motivated people to work in a fun but driven environment. Hard graft and results are well rewarded, the work is varied and exciting experiences await.

Keen? You know what to do.

Account director – Square Meal Venues & Events

Due to the relocation abroad of a long standing member of the team, Square Meal Venues & Events is delighted to announce a very rare opportunity to join our sales team as account director, responsible for generating revenues across some of our larger and longer terms accounts, as well as new business, by selling display and online advertising, exhibition stands and sponsorships across our full portfolio of market-leading products.

The Role:

Square Meal is the UK’s market leader at providing information to the corporate market on venues and events through a range of products that include (in print) our iconic annual guide and five stylish seasonal magazines. These are all under-pinned by our powerful website, plus e-newsletters, reader events and at our award-winning exhibition Square Meal Venues & Events Live.

The role entails selling advertising packages across our full range of market-leading print and online media, as well as exhibition stands and sponsorships to both new business leads and some of our existing established accounts.

The Candidate:

The successful candidate will have solid experience working in sales (preferably media) at a similar / senior level providing print, online and exhibition solutions to high-ranking clients. They will be intelligent, smart, sociable, confident, self-motivated and want to work in a fun yet driven environment where hard work and results are well rewarded. Excellent remuneration, varied work, plus plenty of fun opportunities await the successful candidate.


In order to apply, please send a copy of your CV and covering note to the Sales Director, Chris Zachary via [email protected]

Concierge Executive

Venue knowledge
  • Research and learn about the different types of venues that are appropriate for the different types of functions.
  • Visit venues where appropriate.
  • To keep up to date with latest openings.
Enquiry handling and customer service
  • Take incoming enquiries and give advice/suggestions.
  • Check for availability and collate any additional information required.
  • Follow up and find out if the event took place and where.
  • 75% of the enquiries would be UK venues (enquiries through our Venues & Events Helpline) and 25% private dining (enquiries through our Concierge).
Account handle
  • Work with the Venues & Events Team to account handle and build a good relationship with the restaurants.
  • Collect all information that pertains to an event booking.
You must have:
  • Knowledge of UK Venues
  • Self-motivation
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
You will ideally have:
  • Customer service experience
  • Sales experience
  • Knowledge of selling to venues
  • Knowledge of London restaurants

Please note that applications without a covering letter and candidates without venue knowledge will not be considered. Email your CV to [email protected].