Ashlyns Catering Manager Vacancy - Newhall Primary School & Nursery



A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to join a new primary school in Harlow when Newhall Primary Academy opens its doors to Reception and Nursery children in September 2018. Newhall is a brand-new, state of the art academy on the Newhall development in Harlow, which is being built with the capacity for 420 children. The Primary Academy will initially have an intake of 60 children. It will then grow year-on-year until it reaches full capacity. The Nursery will have capacity for 56 children, initially starting from the age of 2, but with plans to also open up a baby room in 2019.


Post Title:

Catering Manager

Contract type:



Newhall Primary Academy

Working hours:

25 hours per week (although flexibility is required particularly as the school develops)

Start date: 

1stSeptember 2018


£10.50 per hour


About the role

You will be working for an award-winning contract caterer (Ashlyns) with a reputation for innovation and a background built on strong ethics and an ongoing commitment to improving school meals in a modern, newly equipped kitchen. You will:

  • manage and develop a small team, and work closely with the school, ensuring that the children are offered imaginative, appealing and nutritious meals
  • set and maintain the highest standards in food hygiene and health and safety
  • be responsible for all administration associated with ordering food and sundries, stock control, meal uptake, staff timesheets and attendance
  • ensure staff have induction and ongoing training necessary for the safe performance of their roles
  • support the school’s ethos of healthy eating, particularly as the numbers on roll grow, through a variety of promotion events and marketing activities

 What we’re looking for:

You will be able to demonstrate skills in management, budget control, service improvement, customer relations and marketing. Equally as important, you must be have accomplished craft skills, confident in your abilities, and able to demonstrate them for the benefit of your team – you will be expected to undertake a practical test if you are shortlisted.

In brief, you will have:

  • a solid background in catering within a commercial environment and, ideally, in an educational setting
  • experience of managing a team
  • a sound and up to date knowledge of food safety procedures and hold a Level 2 certificate as a minimum
  • an understanding of nutrition and, ideally, knowledge of government food standards for school meals
  • a genuine interest and a desire to challenge perceptions of school meals
  • excellent communication skills, with the ability to deal with children, parents, school staff and colleagues confidently and successfully

 Candidates must be prepared to obtain an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) disclosure which is satisfactory to both Ashlyns and the school and be rechecked throughout their employment.All other safe guarding conditions including clearances for satisfactory references, medicals and right of work in the UK must be obtained

 Interested candidates should make note of the following:

 Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 20thJune

Interviews will be held on Friday, 29thJune


Applications can be made on-line at or an Application Pack can be requested from Nikki Baines, HR Manager, Ashlyns Organics Ltd, Tel 01277 890821





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