Vacancy for Head Chef

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Location Dartford, DA2
Contract Type Permanent - Employee
Working Days Monday - Friday
Working Times Between 06:00am and 5:00pm
Shift Pattern Days
Working Hours per Week 45 hours
Pay Rate up to £60,000 per annum
Job Reference OP/46851/1/r

We are looking for a Head Chef to join our team based in a premium office location in Dartford.

We cater for all our client needs from coffee bar and breakfast, meeting hospitality and full lunches.

This is a Monday to Friday role with weekends and public holidays off. 

As Head Chef you’ll be responsible for the food culture within the business, bringing your passion for food to our customers every day. Working closely with the Floor Manager and Account Manager to drive the business forward with your own menu’s & dishes. You will be a natural leader who is able to nurture their team to create a supportive and inclusive environment for them to develop in.

You’ll need excellent business acumen to manage the kitchen, keeping on top of stock control, GP’s and labour to deliver on our strategic action plan, whilst keeping the team and our customers engaged with our exciting food offer.

The position attracts an annual salary of up to £60,000 per annum dependent on experience


Main Duties:


To create daily menus that wow our customers, keep up with current food trends and look after our customers wellbeing and nutrition

To lead, motivate & inspire the team

Ensure the kitchen operates at our high, company and legal standards

Ensure all allergy and nutrition data is compliant

Food preparation, ordering, full stock management.

Driving the food safety in the kitchen to ensure compliance training and documentation is fulfilled

Food development – driving the food culture of your site

Development of the team through support & coaching

Engaging with customers


We are looking for someone who has:


Experience as a Head Chef with a proven track record

Significant kitchen management experience in a similar role

Experience of managing the preparation & cooking of fresh food in a fast-paced environment

Previous experience developing the skills of a team


If you have the relevant experience we are looking for, along with the passion, creativity and enthusiasm to further develop and improve our catering services we would love to hear from you


What will you get in return?

  • A pension scheme- to save for the future - eligibility rules apply
  • Access to high street discounts
  • Access to low interest loans
  • Recognition scheme ‘OCS Stars’- monetary rewards given to top performers
  • Training and Development- apprenticeships, e-learning, English as a Second Language and our award nominated ‘Impact’ Programme
  • Long Service Awards
  • Cycle to work scheme- discounted bicycles
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme- 24-7 Wellbeing Support

Why join OCS Group Ltd?

OCS prides itself as a company with strong family values and we are passionate about hiring people who demonstrate the same.

We take CARE of you; We act SAFELY and responsibly; We are TRUSTWORTHY; We work as EXPERTS. If you share these Values, we want you to be part of our team.

OCS have a well-respected brand and our colleagues are empowered to be the best version of themselves.  We offer job stability and are committed to developing our colleagues by offering more than just a job.  We are a financially stable business who continues to be privately owned since its inception in 1900.

We reward those who demonstrate our values and since the launch of our OCS Star recognition scheme we have rewarded nearly 1,500 colleagues with monetary vouchers, certificates, and public recognition within the business.

We invest and support the growth of our people and are currently sponsoring over 310 colleagues who are enrolled in a variety of apprenticeship programmes, ranging from Level 3 qualifications in customer service to degree programmes in Leadership. If you want to develop you career, OCS is a great choice.

OCS offers the family feel of smaller organisations although large enough to offer so many opportunities.  We recognise your efforts and contribution and show our appreciation through a variety of reward schemes which in turn results in our colleagues staying with OCS.  Our business is the family you can choose, and our people stay for the friendships, opportunities, and career fulfilment we offer.