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Sous Chef

Campus Services

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £33,977 - £38,360
  • REF: FOG00579
  • Closes: 01st December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

Are you passionate about food and have worked in fine dining establishments? Are you friendly, confident and outgoing with plenty of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude? If so, we have an excellent opportunities in our Catering and Events Kitchen Team!

The Catering and Events Department of the Campus Services Division at Imperial College London runs events across a wide range of venues located within the South Kensington Campus and other off-site Campuses. The department aims to provide high quality food and services for the Imperial College community.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, creative, experienced and highly motivated chef. You will join our friendly kitchen brigade to produce inspiring fine dining cuisine to an exceptionally high standard. This post will support the Senior Sous Chef to deliver an effective and efficient service with real passion.

Duties and responsibilities

The key duties and responsibilities will include:

  • To assist the Senior Sous Chef in planning and developing new dishes and menus which reflect the 170 QG standards
  • To develop and produce fine dining menus in conjunction with the needs of internal and external clients
  • To undertake daily ordering and transfer of stock, ensuring all guidelines for good stock control procedures are followed
  • Compliance with the health and hygiene legislation and policies
  • Supporting the Sous Chef, ensuring efficient working practices
  • To communicate effectively with team members on a daily basis in order to maintain good working practices and procedures
  • To understand and comply with budgetary constraints within the areas of responsibilities
  • To fully understand and support the agreed Food GP% for areas of responsibility
  • To plan staff weekly work schedules, ensuring compliance with budgetary constraints

Essential requirements

    • A formal qualification in Catering – minimum of City and Guilds Certificate 706/1 and 706/2 or equivalent


    • Minimum of an intermediate level food hygiene qualification


    • Previous experience of working within fine dining restaurants, preferably in rosette, B&I hospitality and/or Michelin star standard establishments


    • A complete understanding of the importance of health and safety at work and associated regulations/legislative requirements


    • A creative approach to developing the catering service, specifically in accordance with new food concepts, seasonal and food trends


    • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, in order to present and deliver information in an appropriate manner


    • Tact and diplomacy to deal with people in all circumstances


    • Ability to use own initiative and prioritise activities, in order to deal with problems which


    • may hinder the delivery of an effective service


    • Excellent organisational and planning skills, in order to meet simultaneous deadlines


    • Good IT skills in order to operate a computerised stock ordering system (ideally experience of COSMIC) and conference IT package (ideally experience of KINETICS)


    • Physically able to operate different machinery/equipment and lift varying loads


  • A flexible approach to working, sufficient to be able to work a 5/7 days per week arrangement, work evenings and weekends, and able to work at any location/catering outlet, as reasonably requested

Further information

Contract Details:

Salary: £33,977-£38,360

Operational Services Grade 3a

Full Time, Permanent, Open Ended Position x 1 Post

The standard working week consists of 35 hours, 5 days out of 7

In addition to your competitive salary, other benefits offered by the College include:

  • Career development training
  • Generous holiday allowances
  • A company pension scheme
  • A reduced rate in our sports centre
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Interest free season ticket/cycle loan schemes.

If you are looking for the next stage in your career, you could be just the person we’re looking for. Please apply now!

Closing date: Midnight on Wednesday, 1 December 2021

(Please note that if we receive a high volume of applications, the post will be closed prior to the closing date)

For further information, please contact Anthony Shepherd, Executive Chef, by email a.shepherd@imperial.ac.uk

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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