Head Chef - Taverns Interviewing after Easter

Xquisite Recruitment
19 Apr 2017
19 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Head Chef -Weatherby (Taverns) Urgent £23500 to £26500

Immediate vacancy for a Head Chef - Interview will be held after the Easter break:

Food Safety Level 2 qualification or equivalent

Minimum of NVQ Level 2 food handling qualification or equivalent.

Previous demonstrable experience in a similar role, preferably within the licensed trade

Reporting directly to the Retail Pubs General Manager. The Retail Pubs General Manager will appraise the quality of work produced and/or performed by the incumbent. Supervisory responsibility for the site kitchen team.


The mission and purpose of the Head Chef role is as follows: Day to day responsibility for managing the food operation within the site from conception to execution. To lead a team of kitchen staff, focusing on the delivery of operational excellence in every aspect of the site food operation including people, customer, sales, and profit. Working with and through others, building and maintaining relationships and working closely and accurately within established guidelines. To strive to meet food profitability targets through the site team driving a sales culture and the achievement of required operational efficiencies. To develop talent and future succession amongst the kitchen team to support current operational requirements and the future growth agenda.

To actively seek customer and competitor insight in order to support decision-making and the development of the brand proposition. To effectively demonstrate a persuasive, teaching style of communication, managing necessary corrections in a constructive and supportive manner.

To create a coaching, supportive environment where team engagement is central to driving results.


People Working with the General Manager to maintain a fully resourced kitchen team on the site, through effective talent and succession planning and including high-quality recruitment. Driving towards results by enrolling the commitment and buy-in of others to achieve ongoing business objectives and achieve continuous improvement in knowledge, quality, and service delivery.

Ensure company training programmes and compliance requirements are fully implemented including the thorough induction of all kitchen staff. Assist, support and deliver FLOW within the site. Ensure regular feedback and information is provided to the kitchen team including team meetings, coaching, and mentoring and regular cascades of company information. Maintain a "high-performance culture" within the kitchen team through motivational leadership, effective performance management, communication, and coaching. Oversee the implementation of HR policies and procedures within the site food operation which complies with the Company’s statutory obligations. Ensure best practice is shared within the kitchen team ensuring all talent and skills are maximised.

Financial Planning & Management Ensure all menus are calculated correctly to maximise gross profit. Ensure wastage is managed effectively and kept to an absolute minimum. Review and understand the P&L for your site to assist the General Manager to deliver profitable food sales growth. Ensure kitchen labour costs, stock control, consumable spend and margin on food are compliant with business expectations.

Assist the General Manager to set kitchen budgets and maintain financial performance within agreed budgets. Operational Planning & Management Ensure that you are conversant and compliant with the usage of relevant systems within the business. Implement and maintain efficient and cost effective kitchen rotas. Ensure that all kitchen administration is completed accurately in a timely fashion.

Responsible for maintaining appropriate stock levels within the kitchen whilst keeping on-site stock secure, stored appropriately and accounted for as per operational requirements.

Drive food quality and offer through a sound, effective understanding of food production along with regular quality checks, feedback, and coaching. Keep up to date with industry news, local and national trends as well as the developing propositions of competitors. Develop exciting menu options to meet the expectations of our customers that will continually develop the business, paying attention to seasonal availability where relevant.


Demonstrable passion, enthusiasm, and determination for achieving business objectives and the drive to deliver results with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment. Able to multi-task and manage a variety of activities occurring simultaneously. Able to inspire and motivate others, engaging the commitment of the team.