Salary: £35,000 per annum

Shift hours: Permanent

We ensure you’re rewarded for all your hard work, which is why we offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

  • Monday to Friday (7am to 3pm, some flexibility)
  • Free meals on duty
  • Mileage cover
  • Local gym membership
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Grow your career with our Career Pathways and MyLearning programmes
  • Quick access for you and your immediate family to a Digital GP, and wider healthcare benefits
  • Exclusive travel discounts with TUI, Expedia, Booking.com and many more
  • Save money on your food shop with discounts on Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and many more
  • Up to 44% off cinema tickets to enjoy your favourite blockbuster
  • Receive cash rewards every time you spend and use them on a wide range of brands
  • Un-wind with us with free wellness, mindfulness and exercise classes
  • You can share all discounts and offers with your friends and families

Please note: This role is contracted to 45.6 weeks per year

Key Responsibilities
  • To support the Sector leadership team in demonstrating new creative food ideas to our clients – on the counter or in presentation meetings. 
  • To lead and support development of new food concepts for the sector
  • Leading the delivery of food presentations to clients – showing them our new ideas and engaging our clients in a conversation about the future of food in their unit.  
  • Creating new culinary ideas for these food presentations (e.g., themed recipes, menus)
  • Development and implementation of new food offers for the whole business
  • Training for culinary teams at all levels of craft skill
  • Lead and support other culinary activities that celebrate the food culture of the sector – e.g., designing/supporting internal chef competitions.
  • Supporting the mobilisation of new contracts when they join our business
  • Supporting unit chef challenges – relief support
  • Leading large high-profile hospitality events at our units 
  • Over the course of a year you should expect you time to be split roughly equally between food presentations to clients, direct support and coaching, and development/execution of new food concepts and ideas

Person Specification
  • A real passion for food
  • An ability to demonstrate knowledge of food trends and development in a way that is inspiring and motivating for our clients
  • Creative food/food service background
  • Understanding of purchasing/sourcing products/ingredients
  • Experience of developing food concepts and implementation of these concepts
  • Experience of working in a fast paced/forward thinking environment
  • strong people skill with an ability to communicate effectively and influence
  • Ability to build relationships with lots of different types of people
  • Ability to direct others to achieve goals
  • Knowledge of different food production methods
  • Strong project management skills

  • Team player working in a busy environment
  • Be able to work on own initiative
  • Some travel included
  • Full driving license required
  • To train Unit Management staff and cooks and deliver great food at unit level
  • Work well within the school environment and be able to insipe young people
  • To have some flexibility around term time hours 
  • DBS
  • Car essential – mileage covered
  • To be creative and come up with new ideas for school food
  • Be involved with menu planning
  • Be able to strive for increased uptake at school level
  • Work alongside the management teams and strategic planning
  • Liaise with the School client attending client meetings when need be

About Us

Part of Compass Group UK&I, Chartwells is the leading provider of catering and support services to the education sector. For over a quarter of a century, Chartwells has been focusing on helping those in education to build strong bodies, sharp minds and lead long healthy lives. Every week, Chartwells serves millions of nutritious and delicious meals to pupils and students in primary and secondary schools, academies, independent schools, colleges, and universities across the UK. Chartwells is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all employees to share this commitment. Any offer of employment will be subject to successfully completing pre-employment checks, including an enhanced DBS disclosure and a Children’s Barred List check. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and we ask applicants to declare all previous convictions and cautions in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

Compass Group UK&I wants everyone in our business to feel able to be themselves at work and to have an equal opportunity to progress their career. We want to create a culture where we respect and embrace everyone’s talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and abilities. Where our colleagues feel valued, can reach their full potential, and thrive – Diversity is Our Strength!

Reference: compass/TP/2430839/159749

Location: Kent

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