RSPB • Arne

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager - Fixed Term

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £23,489 – £25,216 per annum

4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

The RSPB at Arne are looking for an Assistant Catering Manager to join their team providing first class food and beverages to our visitors.

You don't need to be a nature expert but we are sure you are going to love being of part of our team and the amazing reserve at Arne.

In the role you will support the delivery of a first class catering service that brings people back time and time again by:

  • Working front of house overseeing a small team of enthusiastic catering assistants and deputising for the catering manager when required.
  • Preparing dishes on our cafe menu such as hot breakfast rolls, soups, sandwiches and developing special recipes.
  • Following RSPB catering and ordering guidelines to ensure health and safety compliance and stock levels to deliver a great customer experience.
  • Train, manage and mentor new recruits.
  • Support the catering offering at site events.

To deliver this we need you to be:

  • Flexible, willing to work on a rota basis that includes weekends.
  • Open, friendly and resilient - able to cope with variety the challenges that go along with operating a catering outlet.
  • Able to support your team by planning and prioritising effectively.
  • Able to learn RSPB stock management systems and stock controls.
  • Hardworking and a Team player.
  • Focused on the customer experience.
  • Willing to learn about the Conservation work of the RSPB, both nationally and on the reserve.

A current Food Hygiene Qualification would be great but we can support you to get this.

We are actively recruiting and will appoint when we find the right person, so don't delay in contacting us as soon as possible. Please understand that we may close this role when we find you!

Our busy period is fast approaching and we want to be able to train you and onboard you so that we are all set for the lovely spring and summer ahead in the beautiful countryside.

This is a Fixed term 6 month contract. Hours to be agreed but with a minimum 22.5 hours a week. The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

This role is immediately available and will include working weekends and school holidays.

Please note that you will be required to upload a CV and complete a short application form. If you wish to submit a cover letter to explain why you are best suited for this role then please include this on the same document as your CV.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position as soon as relevant people apply, so don't delay! For further information please contact Daniel.Harris@RSPB.org.uk

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

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