Human Resources

Head Chef - QMUL21384

Department: Estates & Facilities - Catering & Hospitality
Salary: Starting salary will be in the range of £47,325pa to £52,833pa (Grade 6)
Reference: QMUL21384
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 14-Feb-2020
Closing date: 01-Mar-2020

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About the Role

Working in conjunction with the Head of Catering and Hospitality to develop strategy and innovation in line with commercial food and menu planning to raise the profile of Queen Mary Food and Hospitality and improve revenues. You will have oversight of all food production, product development, purchasing & procurement, food safety, hygiene, health & safety, compliance, training and strategic planning activities for the service.  Managing a team of 12 Chefs and kitchen assistants, the Head Chef will provide managerial oversight to all QMUL catering operational kitchen activities on all campuses, to include production, purchasing, storage, distribution, security, compliance, health & safety, and payroll.  Responsible for a food & beverage expenditure budget of circa. £900k, providing high quality food and drink offers through multiple café, restaurant and hospitality operations.


About You

You will have experience of multi-faceted high volume and complex catering operations, with an understanding of Higher Education catering. Key to the success of the role is the development of the team and you will have experience of coaching and mentoring and developing a skilled kitchen brigade

The successful candidate will have a NVQ/City & Guilds in Professional Cookery or equivalent, Management qualification or relevant experience and Level 3 Food Hygiene Certification.


About the Department

The Directorate is one of the largest departments within Queen Mary, University of London and is committed to supporting and promoting student wellbeing at the College. For more information on Estates and Facilities, please visit the website: Estates and Facilities


About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.


The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), permanent appointment. The starting salary will be Grade 6, in the range of £47,325- £52,833 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.


Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to James Cornewall-Walker on +44 (0)20 7882 6234,


To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.


The closing date for applications is 1st March 2020. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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