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Due to company expansion and upcoming projects, we are seeking to onboard a number of experienced, enthusiastic, creative and motivated Catering Managers to manage the catering services at a variety of schools along the M11 corridor.

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 individuals with creativity and passion to help us produce innovative dishes and enhance the overall dining experience within the schools. We include calendar events and celebrations throughout the year with a food themed twist so you will need to be organsied, plan ahead and proactive with your ideas and creations.

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

  • 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 ranges from £12.00-£15.00 per hour dependent upon location and experience.

Hours of work 30 per week, Term Time Only

Candidates must be prepared to obtain an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) disclosure which is satisfactory to both Ashlyns and any 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.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £12.00-£15.00 per hour


  • Monday to Friday


  • Cooking: 2 years (preferred)

Work Location: In person

Applications can be made on-line at

or an Application Pack can be requested from

Jen Heymer, HR Manager,

Ashlyns Organics Ltd, High Laver Hall, High Laver, Ongar, Essex CM5 0DU

Tel 01277 890821

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