Hourly Rate: £9.62 – £9.78 per hour
About the role:
Could you supervise a busy kitchen team to provide fresh and nutritious meals to primary school pupils and staff?
“To be able to provide healthy, tasty food to children is very rewarding.” – Kim
As a Cook Supervisor in a busy primary school kitchen, you’ll lead a team of Catering Assistants to prepare, cook and serve lunch to pupils. You’ll also carry out other kitchen tasks, including cleaning, and setting up and clearing the school dining hall.
In this varied role you will:
Lead the food preparation and cooking, following portion control guidelines and special dietary requirements
Ensure eating areas are set up and cleared away, and that daily / weekly cleaning rotas are carried out effectively
Ensure the kitchen has sufficient stock of foods, cleaning materials and disposables
Manage the kitchen administration, including calculating meal costs, completing employment and health and safety paperwork, and monitoring the unit’s performance
Welcome customer feedback, and work with your team and the District Manager to maintain high standards
Assist the District Manager with the induction and development of staff
Handle cash on occasions, following our strict guidelines
Ensure all health and safety, food safety and hygiene procedures are followed
You will be required to undertake mandatory training on commencement and every 3 years thereafter in Food Safety, Allergen Awareness and Health and Safety Manual Handling.
You’ll need to be hands-on, enthusiastic and well organised. Most of all you’ll enjoy leading a team to provide exceptional service. It’s a rewarding job, and we’ll give you all the training and ongoing professional development you need to succeed. We also offer a local government pension scheme, competitive salary, flexible working, family friendly policies and more.
Experience of working in a similar catering environment is essential. Serving lunch on time is crucial, so you must be comfortable working at a fast pace. You’ll be physically able to lift all the equipment, and at ease with a hot, busy and at times noisy environment.
As part of our pre-employment checks, you’ll be asked to complete a confidential medical questionnaire. It is screened by our Occupational Health Department, who will ensure that you are medically fit for this role. The post is also subject to a criminal records check, called an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
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To lead a team of Catering Assistants in undertaking the provision of a cost effective catering service to unit. To prepare, cook, serve and pack (where required) the required amount of meals and to deliver to customer at the correct time. In addition help prepare and dismantle dining room areas and carry out cleaning duties.
Food preparation and cooking of meals: Prepare the required number of meals following specified menu/special dietary requirements. Measure cost per meal and make adjustments as directed by District Manager.
Setting up and clearing away of hall: Ensure tables, chairs and water jugs for dinner period for the whole school eg: sandwich children as well. At end of service, clear furniture and sweep hall ready for immediate school use.
Serving and customer liaison: Serve food following portion control guidelines and special dietary requirements. Receive customer feedback and communicate with unit staff to ensure accuracy of information as directed by the District Manager. Handle cash where necessary. Apply flexible approach to meet customer needs in special schools.
Kitchen cleaning rota and general washing up: Ensure manual washing up of all eating utensils and equipment occurs, sterilising where required, following set guidelines. Ensure implementation of cleaning duties following daily and weekly rotas to ensure health and safety and hygiene standards are maintained.
Administration and financial/stock control: Complete food cost and labour records, timesheets and general employment paperwork, health and safety returns and the annual self monitoring of unit. Ensure efficient stock control of foods, cleaning materials and disposables, following established procedures referring to District Manager with any problems or issues.
Effective use of resources and people management: Maximise efficient use of all resources – people, equipment, food and cleaning materials. Assist the District Manager in the induction and development of staff. Develop and maintain team work and morale to ensure efficient operation of unit. As Team Leader, ensure that any training requirements are passed on to the District Manager for action.
Corporate and statutory initiatives – equalities / health and safety / e-government/ sustainability : Ensure adherence to health and safety, food safety and hygiene procedures.
Essential knowledge skills and experience:
Experience of working in a relevant catering environment.
Ability to use a calculator and carry out simple calculations
Physically able to lift service and kitchen equipment
The following section provides an outline of the working conditions that may be encountered in this role.
Chairs are stored in stacks of 8 and moved to dining room/storage area.
Tables are moved to dining room and erected where appropriate.
Frequent bending and lifting
Washing up. Industrial height low sinks, slip hazards.
Exposure to noise levels during cooking/service (e.g. Mechanical extraction).
Exposure to heat through ovens/deep fat fryers/hot cupboards.
Exposure to chemicals with irritant classification.
Exposure to food products which may be irritants (tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, fruits, lettuce)
Use of knives
Lone working early morning (for unit supervisor / manager posts).
Work can be at a fast pace
Temperature variants – kitchens can be hot in summer and cold in winter
As part of the pre-employment checks that are undertaken for this role, you will be asked to complete a Post Offer Medical Questionnaire. The questionnaire is confidential, and is screened by our Occupational Health Department, who will ensure that you are medically fit for this role before being formally offered the position.
This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.
Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
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