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Job Ref No. ECC2091-75S Position Type: Catering Pay Range: 5.9
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 08/07/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: 16th July 2024  

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Catering Manager

(Band Scale: 5.9)

Full time equivalent: £25,119

Actual Salary: £14,970

26.25 hours a week Full time (Term time) role.

Permanent role.

Could you join our team at St. Teresa's Catholic Primary School as our new Catering Manager?

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a team of two people, serving 120-150 meals daily, and work with the headteacher to turn a joint vision for school dining into a reality!

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking a dedicated and personable individual to take on the role of Catering Manager in this academic year and then lead the redesign and relaunch of our school kitchen for next academic year.

We're looking for someone who loves children and exudes a warm and inviting manner. Creativity within budgets to craft exciting, nutritious meals is key. If you thrive in a small, caring community with low staff turnover, and can support our ethos based on love and mutual respect, we'd love to hear from you.

Here are some of the experience and qualifications that a successful candidate would likely need (A full personal specification is downloadable from the advertisement on the Essex website.)

Day to day responsibilities Include (Expanded list downloadable from page):

- Adhere to school policies and safeguarding procedures.

- Working with a catering assistant to prepare and deliver over 100 meals a day.

- Create costed rotational menus optimising nutritional value and variety.

- Supervise food preparation, quality assurance, and allergen labelling.

- Provide catering for school events as directed.

- Maintain safe, hygienic food preparation environment.

- Coordinate with cleaning staff for kitchen hygiene.

- Ensure staff adhere to uniform and hygiene standards.

- Replenish stock and manage supplier relationships.

- Oversee stock storage, rotation, and equipment maintenance.

- Manage catering budget and ensure kitchen profitability.

Person Specification includes (Full specification downloadable from page):

- Experience of the preparation and cooking of food (In a professional context) (Essential)

- Experience of serving customers/diners as required (Essential)

- Basic level of education (GCSE level C/4 (or equivalent) Maths and English) (Essential)

- Knowledge of food storage, preparation, and cooking (Essential)

- Confident leadership. (Essential)

- Personable and approachable. (Essential)

- Committed to upholding the Catholic school ethos and equal opportunities. (Applicants need not be Catholic, only to uphold and support the values of the school.) (Essential)

- Up to date Level 3 Food Safety or NVQ equivalent/Advanced Food Hygiene Certificate. (If out of date or not yet achieved training can be provided upon appointment.) (Desirable)

- First Aid Training. (Desirable)

- Menu planning and budget management. (Desirable)

- Stock control and equipment maintenance. (Desirable)

- Experience in a busy kitchen environment. (Desirable)

- Knowledge of hygiene and health and safety laws/government legislation on school food. (Desirable)

Why choose St Teresa's?

St Teresa's Catholic Primary school is a close knit and loving community. We are blessed with a strong team, well behaved children and supportive families. Our children are always grateful and polite for what they receive at school.

St Teresa's kitchen is now entering a period of change, with a new leadership opportunity opening in the kitchen. The school is looking to update and modernise its approach to providing healthy, nutritious and exciting meals for our students and will be rebranding our kitchen and school dinners in the next academic year.

A successful applicant would be able to take the lead on this project and enjoy the unique opportunity to work alongside the headteacher to re-envision what dining at St Teresa's can be.

How to apply:

Visits to the school are encouraged and can be arranged through the school office by phoning Miss Aldridge on 01268 553502 or emailing the school at

To apply for this role apply via the Essex Jobs Website. The link to apply can be sourced by emailing

Closing Date: 8th July 2024

Interviews: 16th July 2024

Position starts: September

Candidates shortlisted will receive notification of interview.

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.


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Contact Information

Mr Jacques Bottjer
Elsenham Crescent, Basildon
Essex, SS14 1UE
Telephone: 01268 553502

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