Deputy Catering Manager
Ark St Albans Academy
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Actual Salary £15,390
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Deputy Catering Manager

Join a school where staff are given the freedom and support to innovate and collaborate

Achieving success at Ark St Albans Academy would not have been possible without our great teachers. Our school is a supportive and exciting environment to work in.


Ark St Alban’s Academy are looking to recruit a Deputy Catering Manager to join us on our journey towards excellence.  You will play a pivotal role in a committed team and make a real impact on the outcomes of our students.

With an outstanding rating from Ofsted and some of the best value-added results in the country, we promote an ambitious and aspirational culture to students and staff alike.


“There’s a culture of aspiration here, not just from the staff, but from the students themselves as well. The students appreciate and value you - they want to learn. In return, the school appreciates what you do for the students. I also cannot imagine another school having as positive a relationship with parents and the community.”– Staff member at Ark St Albans


Our staff have a strong sense of team spirit and enjoy regular staff socials. We work hard to celebrate hard work at Ark St Albans, including annual pay increments and regular all-staff ‘shout-outs’ to recognise success. Ark St Albans is a rewarding team to be a part of

Ark is one of the UK's most successful school groups with a network of 35 schools in 4 locations across the country, it is an international charity transforming lives through education. As part of the network, our staff can expect:

·        Access to a range of discounts through the Ark Rewards Scheme which includes reduced gym memberships, discounts at major retailers and travel loans 

·         Twice as many training days as standard

·         Support from a network of 35 schools across the UK


Visits to the school are warmly encouraged; to arrange, please call +44 (0)121 446 1300. Visit for more information on the school.


Please submit your application online by visiting .


Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis so early applications are encouraged.


Deadline:    10am on Monday 21 January 2019

Salary:         Ark Support Staff Salary Scale 5, (full time £17,073 - £20,868 per annum).  Actual salary, term time only - £14,620 - £17,870 per annum

Start date:   As soon as possible

Interviews: Week commencing 21 January 2019


Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.



Job Description: Deputy Catering Manager

The Role

As the Deputy Catering Manager you will prepare, cook and present food which meets the school standards and according to the Catering Manager’s direction. You will also be responsible for supervising the catering team and ensure high levels of food preparation and kitchen cleanliness is maintained across all kitchen and dining areas as well as ensuring a high standard of catering service is provided.

Key Responsibilities


·      Assist in the planning and preparation of innovative seasonal menus and cooking for special functions and events which encourage healthy and nutritional eating habits

·      Ensure food is prepared in accordance with relevant regulations and the procedures expected by the Catering Manager

Kitchen Operations

·      Deliver excellent standards of customer service

·      Assist with stock control/stock taking including receiving and checking supplies and safe storage

·      Instruct Catering Assistants in food production methods

·      Carry out additional tasks concerned with the operation of the kitchen, as and when required by the Catering Manager

·      Deputise for the Catering Manager as and when required


·         Actively promotes the safety and welfare of our children and young people

·         Ensures compliance with Arks data protection rules and procedures

·         Work with Ark Central and other academies in the Ark network, to establish good practice throughout the network, offering support where required


This job description is not an exhaustive list and you will be expected to carry out any other reasonable tasks as directed by your line manager.

Person Specification: Deputy Catering Manager


·         Relevant catering qualification

·         Health & Hygiene Certificate L3 (desirable)

·         First Aid qualification (desirable)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

·         Experience catering in large quantities, ideally within a school

·         Experience of cultural diversity with particular reference to food preparation and dietary preferences (desirable)

·         Knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition and creating related menu’s

·         Excellent communication skills with children and adults

·         High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office


·         Genuine passion and interest in food and in helping children learn to eat healthily

·         A robust awareness of keeping children safe, noticing safeguarding and welfare concerns, and you understand how and when to take appropriate action

·         Belief that every student should have access to an excellent education regardless of background

·         Excellent interpersonal skills, able to motivate and manage others effectively

·         Professional outlook, detailed orientated and able to multi task and meet deadlines

·         A team player that can work collaboratively as well as using own initiative

·         Calm and professional under pressure

·         Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and discretion

·         Flexible attitude towards work and demonstrates sound judgement


·         Right to work in the UK

·         Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all students

·         Willingness to undertake training

·         This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.