Front of House Receptionist

Central London
Circa £26,000-£28,000 (FTE) plus benefits
1-Year Contract to Permanent – 4 days per week (Monday to Thursday)

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), a registered charity, is an international forum where science meets business. Established in 1881 SCI’s main charitable objective is to advance the application of science into industry for public benefit, which it fulfils via events, publications and other activities. Today, with members in over 70 countries and with over 900 companies and 300 academic institutions represented in our network, SCI facilitates open innovation, identifies and promotes emerging technologies in the areas of climate change and global health, and provides support for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

SCI is looking to appoint a front of house Receptionist to be the main point of contact for visitors to the building. The role will sit within the Premises team and is responsible for managing the reception desk, ensuring a high level of service is provided to visitors to the building, and dealing with venue hire queries. We are looking for an energetic, professional and presentable team player, with excellent communication and customer management skills, and who associates with the objectives of SCI. This is a great opportunity to build experience and establish a network across industry and academia. The SCI building is a grade 1 listed building based in the prestigious area of Belgravia, which houses tenants and provides conference facilities for external clients.

SCI operates via a small and friendly team based in Belgrave Square, London. Flexibility and willingness to work with the wider team to achieve SCI’s objectives is crucial. Due to the nature of this role, it is office-based. 

Knowledge and skills required for this role:

  • Degree in any subject or equivalent experience.
  • Previous experience in a customer-management role in a professional organisation.
  • Professional and presentable.
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills (phone, email and in-person).
  • Attention to detail and able to manage multiple tasks.
  • Able to work alone with minimal supervision or in a team when required.
  • Able to be calm under pressure.


If you wish to apply, please send a CV and cover letter outlining your skills, experience and how you are suited to this role. Please send completed applications to Pauline Bannon ( by the closing date of 20 January 2023. As this position is office based, please only apply if you are based in the London area.

Closing Date: 23:59 on Friday 20 January 2023.