Sous Chef
Ark Academy
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Sous Chef  Ark Academy

Opportunity to join an ‘Outstanding’ all-through academy specialising in mathematics and citizenship.

Ark Academy is an all-through school based in state-of-the-art accommodation in Wembley, set against the backdrop of the iconic Wembley Stadium, with excellent transport links

We are currently seeking an outstanding Sous Chef to work under the direction of the Catering Manager to prepare, cook and present food to the highest possible standards, working within pre-agreed budgetary targets. The Sous Chef will take responsibility for supplies for their area of responsibility and ensure that dishes are produced and costed to required standards of quality and presentation for service. They will supervise other kitchen staff and assist in the planning and preparation of menus, ensuring that an excellent standard of academy dining is maintained at all times.

The ideal candidate will:

• have experience of catering in large quantities
• a relevant catering qualification and Health and Hygiene certification
• be hard working, committed and highly organized
• be an excellent team player
• be committed to Ark’s ethos of high expectations and no excuses

To apply please complete the online application and submit by 8am on Monday 12 November 2018. For further information or a confidential discussion please contact our catering manager, Victoria Longdon at or 020 8385 4370 ext 326

Reports to: Catering Manager
Start date: ASAP
Salary: Band 5, point 18-22 Inner London scale (£20,067 - £22,479)
Hours: 7:30am – 3:30pm: 36 hours per week, permanent
Work Pattern: Term time only (42 weeks)
Disclosure level: Enhanced

We value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.



Reports to: Catering Manager
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: Scale 5 point 18-22
Hours: 36 hours per week, 42 weeks per year (flexibility will be required)

Key responsibilities
Cooking of school meals (breakfast, mid-morning break & Lunch) food service, kitchen hygiene supervision and other duties associated with the running of the academies kitchen.

• To be responsible for the cooking of school meals with the direction of Catering Manager
• Assist Catering Manager with supervision of staff.
• Assist with the planning, costing of menus and ordering of foodstuff.
• To be responsible for weekly stock take and ordering from our dominated suppliers, and report
• Support the School’s Healthy Eating Policy and Nutritional Standards, and follow the school food standards 2015.
• Kitchen cleaning and cleaning of heavy and light equipment used during the day.
• Maintenance of good standard of hygiene in kitchen and follow the HACCP’s policy
• Take control of opening, setting up and closure of the kitchen as directed by the Catering Manager.
• Ensure all maintenance issues in the catering department are reported to catering manager
• Assist Catering Manager in training new staff in cooking methods and methods of work in kitchen.
• Assist Catering Manager with health and safety training and food hygiene awareness
• Help any member of kitchen staff as required.
• Take control of department and due diligence in absence of Catering Manager.
• To be responsible for special functions which takes place in the school
• To carry out washing up and cleaning tasks, including cleaning equipment and machinery, in accordance with 
   requirements and procedures
• To take part in deep cleaning of the kitchen, food storage, serving and dining areas of the academy during academic
• To receive stock and check quality and quantity against the delivery note/invoice. To put deliveries of stock away in     the designated storage location, ensuring that all stock is dated and rotated in accordance with directions from the       Catering Manager
• To prepare and deliver refreshments for special functions, and collect and clean dirty cutlery, crockery and other
   serving items after functions, as and when required. This may include some evening work
• To work as part of a team to ensure that all service requirements are met
• To attend training courses as required

• To undertake various responsibilities as directed by the Catering Manager, Finance and Resources Director,
   Principal and the senior leadership team.
• This job description reflects the present requirement of the position. The job description is subject to change with         the agreement of the post holder.

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

Person Specification

Qualification Criteria

·         Right to work in the UK

·         GCSE level Math’s and English or equivalent level qualification.

·         Relevant Health & Safety and Food Hygiene qualifications (preferred but not essential)

·         First aid qualification (preferred, but essential)


Specific Skills

·         Ability to prioritise workload and hit deadlines

·        Strong interpersonal and communications skills, able to communicate with pupils and colleagues in a    friendly and professional manner



·         Experience of high volume catering essential, ideally within a school or education setting

·         Experience of working with children preferred.

·         Experience of cultural diversity, with particular reference to food preparation and dietary preferences    (preferred but essential)

·         Experience of providing excellent customer service

Personal Characteristics

·         Hard working, conscientious and organized

·         Helpful and positive, calm and caring nature

·         Ability to establish good working relationships with all staff

·         Able to follow instructions accurately, but also make good judgement when required

·         Excellent team player, helpful, friendly and willing to undertake extra tasks (as and when necessary)

·         Good role model for both students and staff, with high expectations for self and others

·         Genuine interest in and willingness to help children to learn how to eat healthily



This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.