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Climb the career ladder with J D Wetherspoon

We’re committed to training and developing our staff.

Here are the steps which you may take on your career path...

Pub Manager

Timeline: ongoing development

To step up to this role, you’ll have previously been a shift or kitchen manager with us. We don’t recruit externally for this position, since, with such an important role, we are committed to progressing our employees internally. Ensuring that these employees have completed the whole training programme successfully allows consistency across the business and gives our employees the best opportunity to make a success of their career.

As pub manager, you will have overall responsibility for the pub’s success. You will need the skills to be able to drive and motivate your team, so not only can the pub be the best that it can, but each individual too.

You will build strong relationships with the community and will also have a good understanding of the market place. You will work with your area manager to ensure that your pub is always one step ahead of the competition!

Your training and development…


  • Once you become a pub manager, your training won’t just stop. As part of your previous shift or kitchen manager training, you will have completed all of the relevant workbooks and courses. However, in this ever-changing business, you will attend refresher training courses and road shows to meet these business needs.
  • Pub managers’ development is in conjunction with Leeds Metropolitan University, where we run a Professional Diploma in Leisure Retail Management, on completion of which you will also have the opportunity of topping it up to a BSc honours degree. 
  • These programmes are about transforming the way in which our pub managers think about their business unit and constantly strive to move it forwards and identify new opportunities.

What’s next?

The possibilities are endless: you could join many of our former pub managers in area management or take on a senior management or specialist role at head office.