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Application Process for Management Agreement (Just Add Talent)

The application depends on the individual. Each case is slightly different, but we’ll take you through our Just Add Talent programme to make sure it’s right for you.

What’s involved in the Just Add Talent application process?

We’ve designed the Just Add Talent application process specifically for people entering the managed operator agreement. It’s straightforward and focused on giving you the opportunity, support and information you need to make sure the pub, the agreement and Star Pubs, is right for you.


How the application process works

We have a simple process from finding your perfect pub, to picking up the keys.
  • 1. Find A Perfect Pub

    Browse our current pub vacancies or get in touch to start the process.

  • 2. Telephone Interview

    Once you’ve applied, a Recruitment Support Manager (RSM) will be in touch to get to know you. We’ll ask about your experience and skills, get a feel for your vision for the pub and why you think the industry is right for you. If you haven’t yet, check out our article on getting your personal license training sorted too.

  • 3. Meeting Up With Your BDM.

    If successful, we’ll arrange a face-to-face meeting with the pub’s Business Development Manager (BDM) where they’ll share their insight on the business, point out the useful support available and what it’s like working with Star Pubs.

  • 4. Create Your Business Proposal

    After your meeting, we’ll ask you to prepare your business proposal. (Remember you’ll need to have your personal licence before you create this.) We'll go through a checklist to make sure you have all the information you need and give you time to take your business proposal to your nominated Licensed Trade Accountant for advice and finalisation.

  • 5. Business Proposal Review

    Once you’ve shared your business proposal, you’ll sit down with your BDM and talk about the specific details of the pub.

  • 6. Pre-Entry Training: e-learning

    Before you start the Just Add Knowledge course, we’ll invite you to complete your personal e-learning courses. While you’re doing that, we’ll be preparing the heads of terms document detailing the agreement between us and you.

  • 7. Just Add Knowledge

    Our award winning, intensive training course focuses on the business side of running the pub and will give you the confidence and knowledge to successfully run the pub business.

  • 8. Just Add Knowledge: Skills and House of Excellence

    You’ll then head into the classroom to learn all the skills you’ll need to operate a Just Add Talent pub – and we’ll give you the opportunity to put them into practice during your five-day, on-the-job training at one of our Just Add Talent pubs. These ‘Houses of Excellence’ are a great place to hone your skills while observing and being supported by great operators.

  • 9. Official Signing

    We'll meet up to discuss the heads of terms to make sure you're happy with them and then it's time to sign on the dotted line!

  • 10. Refurbishment

    Once the agreement has been signed, any planned upgrade or refurbishment work will go ahead at this point.

  • 11. Start Day

    It's a huge day for everyone! We'll be right there with you to help make sure those early days go to plan. Once you've settled in, our team is on hand to provide support and advice when you need it.

Next steps

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