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Job Ref No. ECC0-100S Position Type: Catering Pay Range: Various
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Full-time/Part-time Contract Term: Temporary
Application Close: 09/06/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

Job Description

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About Us:

Essex County Council is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities available to our community's residents. As a local council, we are committed to fostering a strong and inclusive learning environment that empowers individuals of all ages and backgrounds. We are currently supporting local schools to seek passionate, dedicated and experienced Catering Managers.

The Role:

We are helping to support schools over Essex with staff, we need experienced Catering Managers to work on an ad-hoc basis as and when needed. You will ideally have experience working as a Catering Manager, this does not have to be in a school setting!

Are you a passionate and experienced Catering Manager looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the education sector? We are looking to appoint a Catering Manager to prepare delicious home-cooked food for our pupils.


  • Ensuring that methods of preparation and presentation comply with currently recognised catering standards and food safety legislation.
  • Ensuring the school kitchen is well maintained and cleaned regularly.
  • Manage ordering of stock and equipment and oversee stock control.
  • Have good communication skills and manage the catering team in a professional manner.
  • Ensure high quality food provision whilst maintaining best value practice.
  • Be fully compliant with all health & safety requirements and hygiene standards.
  • Implement and review menu cycles regularly and promote theme days.
  • Ensure that all aspects of the Schools Financial Regulations are followed throughout the catering operation.


  • Planning meals within nutritional and dietary guidelines and with catering for a range of allergies
  • Completing monitoring and food temperature records
  • Managing a daily cleaning checklist
  • Cross contamination and allergen management
  • Menu planning and compliance
  • Health and safety in food hygiene

Why Essex?Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England's oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest - Basildon and Harlow - are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about ushere.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We're committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We're also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Information about the School

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

Information about the school

Contact Information

Essex Recruitment Team
County Hall, Chelmsford
Essex, CM1 1QH
Telephone: 0

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