Business Development Manager

Salary: £DOE


Over the last eight years RUSK & RUSK has opened some of Scotland’s most loved dining spaces in The Butchershop Bar & Grill, Hutchesons City Grill, The 158 Club Lounge and most recently The Spanish Butcher, cultivating a reputation as a leading light in the UK hospitality scene. With a passion for design, creativity and pushing the boundaries of innovation within our industry, the RUSK & RUSK venues are well turned out, individual, full of personality and quality driven; with awards ranging from Best Restaurant to Scotland’s Most Stylish Restaurant, we are group whose prime ambition is to make people feel great, and we love what we do!


The Business Development Manager is a senior position within the management team and is responsible for all profitable and promotional activity, working alongside the General Manager. Measurement and improvement of the Key Marketing Indicators (KMI’s) for the unit are an essential part of the BDM role. A proactive approach is required to ensure that Key Drivers are continually fed into the business via the venues business development activity. In conjunction with the RUSK & RUSK Marketing Plan the BDM must ensure that the venue database is constantly increasing.


The right candidate will have experience in restaurant sales and reservation management within high calibre and high-volume venues. As the first point of contact for all inbound enquiries, the right candidate should be highly personable, engaging and a confident decision maker. A professional appearance at all times is essential and the right person for the role will be one that takes pride in their work and that is highly capable of managing a multi-faceted workload.


  • Co-ordinating any in house or external events and to act as the face of the business to guests

  • Proactively driving business to the site through key drivers

  • Attending local networking events

  • Holding approx. six meetings with target companies a week to showcase the venue

  • Building and maintaining relationships with local businesses and charities

  • Completing function sheets to the company standard and communicating events to management and kitchen

  • Managing the agreed event calendar for the unit

  • Managing the reservations system (ResDiary) and working closely with the restaurant manager to ensure future reservations are maximised and that all parameters and flags are constantly adjusted to maximise productivity

  • Ensure that all guest enquires are dealt with professionally, in a timely manner and to the standard set out by Rusk & Rusk

  • Ensuring all hosts are trained to the company standard

  • Maintain an organised workspace that allows for fluid communication

  • Managing the stock of all marketing material and report to Marketing team once a week

  • Complete monthly report and monthly action points within requested deadlines.

  • Executing local Christmas marketing and bookings over the festive period

  • To stay abreast of local competition and their activity


  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in sales & reservations, gained in a similar high volume, high quality operation

  • You should be well versed in contemporary reservation systems, notably Restaurant Diary

  • Computer literacy is essential, particularly in the use of Word/Pages, Excel/Numbers

In Return we offer

  • A competitive salary and bonus package

  • 50% discount on all food when dining at any of our restaurants

  • Excellent training and career progression

  • Fun working environment

Candidates should note that this is not a 9-5 position and that you will be required to work some evenings and weekends.