Catering Manager

Location Lewes
Discipline: Central Services
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Salary: £33,500 - £36,500 DOE
Contact name: Careers

Contact email:
Job ref: 006865
Published: 17 days ago

Catering Manager


Chailey Heritage Foundation has an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Catering Manager to join a unique place to work.


  • LOCATION: Onsite, BN8 4EF
  • SALARY: £33,500- £36,500 DOE
  • HOURS: Monday – Friday 37 hours (some evenings and weekends maybe required on occasions)


Why Us  


Chailey Heritage Foundation is a leading charity dedicated to providing exceptional education and care for children and young adults with complex neurodisabilities, physical disabilities and health needs. Our state-of-the-art facilities and expert colleagues create a nurturing environment where individuals can thrive, reach their full potential and make a difference to their lives and that of their families.


There is a real sense of making a difference and belonging to something very special.


We don’t just offer jobs; we provide opportunities to be part of a team that demonstrates empathy and a genuine passion to help others and a capacity to build rewarding relationships.  We will provide extensive support, and training, as well as opportunities for career progression.


What you’ll be doing:


As the Catering Manager you will oversee all food service operations, ensuring high-quality delivery by managing the team and collaborating with colleagues, focusing on safety, efficiency, and value


Catering Strategy

  • Implement an updated catering policy
  • Evolve the catering structure
  • Manage a robust, efficient and streamline procurement process
  • Work with the different teams to develop plans to maximise income


Catering Operations

  • Oversee the different teams to ensure the preparation of nutritionally balanced food is to the appropriate framework.


Food Quality and Safety

  • Maintain high food quality, presentation, and taste; ensure compliance with safety and hygiene standards; and oversee inventory and procurement


Menu Planning and Development

  • Create diverse and appealing menus suitable for the various customer types,  preferences and needs; whilst staying up to date with food trends and dietary requirements.


Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and suppliers whilst identifying opportunities for upselling or expanding catering services


Financial Management

  • Develop and manage catering budgets, controlling costs and developing a robust range of income streams
  • Conduct regular performance reviews
  • Ensure that all mandatory/required training is up to date for all catering colleagues


What you bring to the table:


Skills and Experience:


  • GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent, in Maths and English
  • Relevant vocational qualifications, such as an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in Hospitality, Catering, or Food and Beverage Service.
  • Certifications such as the Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering or the Level 4 Award in Managing Food Safety in Catering
  • Significant experience in catering management or hospitality industry.
  • Proven track record of managing a multifunction catering operation
  • Proven experience of line management and leadership of high performing teams
  • Knowledge of food safety regulations and industry best practices
  • Experience of managing budgets effectively
  • Knowledge of catering standards and the risks associated with catering events and activities
  • Proficient in computer applications, including MS Office and catering software
  • Flexibility to work at events outside normal office hours, which includes working evenings and weekends when and if necessary


Other useful skills and experience:

  • Healthcare catering or working within a disability setting


This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to use their knowledge and skills to lead and influence a dedicated catering team, and make a meaningful impact on the well-being of our residents and facility users at Chailey Heritage Foundation



Our comprehensive benefits package includes a diverse range of rewards and benefits, ensuring that there's something for everyone.

In addition to a competitive salary, we provide access to:

  • Discount facilities
  • Enhanced Pension Scheme
  • Healthcare Cashplan
  • Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Health & Wellbeing Centre
  • Death in Service benefit
  • Free tea/coffee/kitchen facilities
  • Onsite Café
  • Free parking.

Plus, we cover the cost for all DBS checks and renewals!


For full details of the role, you can find the job description here. Catering Manager Job Description

Learn more about our organisation, our purpose and values here. CHF Website


Application Deadline: 28th  June 2024, 1st informal interviews will take place the first week of July (1st – 4th) Formal interviews will be 8th July.

Apply now for your chance to be considered to join a place where you can make a real difference.


For any enquiries please contact us by email: or via WhatsApp on 07923233178.


Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young adults. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance. It is an offence to apply for any job in regulated activity with children and vulnerable adults if you are barred from doing so.

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