University of Kent - Commercial Services

The Role

Would you like to join our dynamic catering team using a range of culinary skills to deliver around 20,000 meals per week, catering for staff, students and conference guests in a range of styles with a turnover around £6 million a year?

We are looking for an enthusiastic Chef who is passionate about food and will remain professional and efficient at all times, even when subjected to demanding levels of business.

In return we offer a 35 hour working week, a chance for overtime and at present time off over Christmas and the New Year.

Apply now to join us and work with pride, passion and professionalism.

The Person

As a Chef you will:

Have a passion for food and excellent customer service.

Want to join a small team working in a fast paced environment.

Support in the daily preparation of our menus, inspiring daily specials and recipes for a diverse range of customers.

You will also have an eye for detail and be responsible for all aspects of stock and cash control.

Support with the training and induction of kitchen assistants and casual staff.

Please refer to the attached job description for a full list of duties.

The Department

Kent Hospitality provides housekeeping, catering, bar and reception services and has a sales turnover in excess of £40m. We manage student accommodation throughout the University’s Canterbury and Medway campuses for over 6,500 students and in vacation periods operate a thriving conference and events business. Plans for additional facilities at the Canterbury and Medway campuses over the next couple of years will generate further growth for the department.

Having been continuously recognised as an Investors in People (IiP) organisation since 1999, Kent Hospitality was awarded IiP Gold status in March 2010 and March 2013. Following reassessment in April 2016, the department has been reaccredited with IiP Gold status.

Other achievements include winning the category ‘Best University Accommodation for Groups’ for nine consecutive years at the Group Travel Awards (most recently in June 2016); our campus accommodation being awarded a three-five star rating by VisitEngland and our catering team being joint winner of the award for Best Catering Service at the 2013 CUBO Awards.

Such success has only been possible with the commitment of each of our 300 full and part-time employees, all of whom are committed to delivering the best possible customer service with passion, pride and professionalism.

Kent Hospitality’s staff are our greatest asset and the department offers a comprehensive programme of training and development to ensure that each individual’s personal goals and ambitions can be realised.

The senior management team comprises the Head Housekeeper, Business Accountant, Head of Trading, Accommodation Manager, Human Resources Manager, Communications and Marketing Manager and Head of Residences and Conference Services, all of whom report to the Director of Commercial Services.


Further Information

Interviews are to be held: tbc

How to apply - for this type of position you will be required to complete the online application process. Please note we do not accept CVs for this post.

If you require further information regarding the post or application process please contact

Please note applications must be made via the University website - details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

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