Vacancy for Chef

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Location Westminster - SW1A
Contract Type Permanent - Employee
Working Days Monday - Friday
Working Times Between 07.30am and 3.30pm
Shift Pattern Days
Working Hours per Week 37.5 hours
Pay Rate £11.05 per hour
Job Reference VE/16455

We are looking to recruit a Chef to join our friendly team at a busy Westminster site.

Main Duties & Responsibilities of the Role

Deliver a consistent level of service within the Company’s standard & contract specification and agreed performance, qualitative and financial targets

Ensure all costs & expenditure is within the budgeted levels agreed between the Client & OCS. Control all costs such as labour, expenses, cash purchases as agreed with your line manager

Effectively manage the preparation and completion of menu planning, ordering & accurate stock control. Timely recording & remitting of all company bookwork. Obtaining purchases from OCS nominated suppliers.

Assist with disciplinary and grievance issues consistently, fairly and in line with company policy

Comply with Company & statutory regulations relating to Food Safety, Health & Safety At Work, Cleanliness, COSHH, Fire & Accident Reporting. Maintain all records in line with legislation and company policy.

Carry out on the job training in such areas as Food Safety, Health & Safety, Unit evacuation policy, dangerous equipment and basic food hygiene.

Ensure Food Cost percentage targets are met.

Initiate a process of continuous improvement by undertaking company promotions & extraordinary merchandising initiatives to ensure the profitable growth of the contract.

Take responsibility for the unit in the absence of the General manager or assistant manager. Have strong leadership and influencing skills in order to deliver instructions by your line manager.

Effectively manage and control the food cost percentage in line with the unit budget.

Able to accurately cost recipes and menu plan. Excellent craft skills incorporating food presentation.

Ensure practise and procedures are followed in line with Company Policies

Control portion sizes and wastage. Train and supervise staff in accordance to this.

Control stocks & Company assets. Ensure Company controls are adhered to.

Ensure that all clients and customers are dealt with promptly and courteously according to company standards.

Liaise with clients confidently and tactfully. Maintain excellent client relationship.

Pre-empt problems and act to avert them.

Re-act to client and customer feedback to maintain or improve standards.

Must be fair minded and not discriminate or hold prejudices.

Knowledge and ability to encourage and develop all team members.

Must set a good example to other team members.

Able to effectively build a team together to increase productivity. Organise a team to adapt to changing priorities.

Meet agreed deadlines set by your line manager.

To perform any other duties which may be reasonably required by your Line Manager or the company.

Maintain full compliance with ISO9002 & ISO14002 requirements for which you have a responsibility.

To be successful in this role, you will need

Educated to GCSE level or equivalent

706/1/2 or equivalent

HND Membership of HCIMA desirable

Advanced Food Hygiene Certificate

Practical experience in a quality establishment

Management experience within catering environment gained in contract catering

Good knowledge of Food Safety & Health & Safety.

Must be a qualified chef with flair and imagination. Full craft background.

Must have a full understanding of cost control.

Computer literate.

Fully fluent in spoken & written English.

Able to motivate and develop subordinates.

Must be flexible and adaptable.

Be proactive at all times.

Able to communicate effectively at all levels in the organisation.

Customer focused.

Excellent personnel management skills. Must be able to train and deliver.

A strong motivator and team building skills. A resilient and robust nature is essential

An autonomous self starter who will take ownership for a diverse team

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.