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Head Chef

Support Roles



Full time

£18,500 PA

Head Chef
Full Time - 40 hours per week across 7 days

Job Purpose

Accountable for the implementation of Catering services and standards that drives Centre’s delivery and achievement of the highest levels of guest satisfaction and ensures achievement of costs in line with budgets.

Accountable for the implementation and auditing of all Catering SOPs in respect of current safety and food hygiene legislation (H&S, HACCP, COSHH)) thus providing a safe environment for guests and colleagues.

Key Responsibilities

· Working with the Catering Manager to recruit and develop, direct reports through effective performance management and communication to deliver Centre goals and KPI’s

· To work with, manage, motivate and inspire all catering staff on a day to day basis to ensure company standards are attained

· Working with the Catering Manager to take responsibility for ensuring all staff are fully trained to company standards

· Thorough effective rota scheduling, to ensure the centre complies with the working time directive and if necessary, highlight concerns to key stakeholders

· Deliver catering standards that delight clients and meet Company Standards

· Ensuring that stock levels are managed in a cost effective and timely manner, ensuring waste is kept to a minimum

Essential Criteria

· Proven experience of food preparation in a fast paced commercial environment

· Proven people management and development skills with the ability to drive, motivate and enthuse & teams

· City and Guilds (Catering) 7061/2

· Advanced Food Hygiene

· Excellent communicator

· Commercially astute with experience of delivering financial targets/budgets

· Results driven with the ability to get things done

· Manage relationships effectively with a strong ability to persuade and influence


· Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to adapt communication to match audience.

· Confident and calm under pressure.

· Open and honest, acts with integrity.

· Versatile and resilient.

· Receives feedback in a positive manner and acts upon it.

· Customer focussed with a passion for delivering high levels of service.

· Willingness to learn and develop self.


We are one of the most experienced providers of outdoor education in the UK. We were founded over 35 years ago and run over 1.2 million activity sessions each year across ten activity centres. Each year we welcome over 175,000 young people from more than 35 countries around the world.

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