Finance & Operations Assistant Intern with Absolute Escapes Ltd




Location: Edinburgh
£15,500 p.a.
40 hours per week
Immediate start until Friday 29th July 2016
20 days annual holiday and 8 Public Holidays pro ­rata


The company
Absolute Escapes is an ambitious and specialist tour operator, offering imaginative and unique travel experiences to clients from around the world. Established in Edinburgh in 2004, we specialise in walking holidays on long distance trails in the UK & Ireland and tailor­ made travel in Scotland.

Absolute Escapes is proud of our reputation for providing quality holidays and the highest standards of customer service. As each holiday is individually booked, we offer a personal service to our clients where attention to detail is the key.

As part of our continued growth plans we are seeking to recruit a Finance & Operations Assistant intern, which would suit a current undergraduate or recent graduate looking to gain some experience in the finance or travel industry. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and professional individual with a high attention to detail. It would be an advantage to have an interest and passion for travel and the outdoors.


The role
The intern will play an integral part in assisting with the smooth operation of the business by having responsibility for paying our numerous suppliers and partners within the tourism industry. The role will also involve assisting with the implementation of a new tour operating system for the company.


Duties and responsibilities will include:
• Paying our suppliers and partners through Xero Accounting Software
• Assisting with the implementation of a new tour operating system, which will involve data entry and require excellent attention to detail
• Processing deposits and final payments from clients
• Following ­up with our hotel partners for commission payments
• Providing general administrative support to all business functions and ad hoc duties to assist in the running of the office


The ideal candidate will be a real people person who loves interacting with a variety of people on a daily basis and enjoys working as part of a team.

You should be highly organised with strong numerical skills including basic mental arithmetic skills. A strong attention to detail with a methodical approach to work is essential, as is the ability to work on your own initiative. You must be able to communicate confidently at all levels with a high standard of English grammar and spelling. Candidates should have excellent computer skills including fluency in MS Word and Excel. Strong problem solving skills plus the ability to think outside the box will be required.

Experience of working in a similar finance or operations role within the travel industry would be an advantage but is not essential, as full training will be given. As you will be working with the tours we feature on our website a genuine passion for walking and the outdoors and knowledge of Scotland as a tourism destination would be advantageous. As we are a small entrepreneurial business we welcome candidates with a friendly personality and a ‘can do’ attitude.


Closing date for applications is 29 February 2016, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter describing your favourite place in Scotland. This should be submitted through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website.  State a. your availability and b. how your skills/experience match the requirements of the job. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.