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Catering Manager Vacancy ....

Located in the idyllic village of Birchanger, Ashlyns Schools Catering Service are

seeking an experienced Catering Manager to manage the service at Birchanger CofE Primary School, Essex.

You will be joining an award-winning contract caterer with a reputation for innovation and a background built on strong ethics and an ongoing commitment to improving school meals.

You will manage and be part of a small team, and work closely with the school, ensuring that standards are achieved and maintained.

You will be confident in your craft cooking skills, striving to push the boundaries of school food to the highest standards, ensuring the children are offered imaginative, flexible and nutritious meals.

You will be able to demonstrate skills in team management, budget control, service improvement, customer relations and marketing.

We want someone with creativity and passion to help us produce innovative dishes and enhance the overall dining experience in the school.

In brief, you will have:

  • a solid background in catering within a commercial environment and, ideally, in an educational setting

  • experience of managing others

  • a sound and up to date knowledge of food safety procedures, either current Level 3 Basic Food & Hygiene Certificate or be willing to undertake online training immediately to achieve a Level 3

  • 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

  • can evidence and describe how you have made a significant impact in a previous role

Salary: Potential of up to £10.50 per hour

Hours of work: 5.5 hours per day, Monday to Friday, Term Time Only

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 safeguarding 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 5pm on Friday 03 December 2021

Interviews/Skills Tests will be held w/c Monday 06 December 2021

Starting date, Tuesday 04 January 2022

Applications can be made on-line by visiting

or by emailing a copy of your CV through to

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