Catering Manager

  • Job Reference: compass/TP/299977/81839/SN
  • Date Posted: 2 June 2021
  • Employer: Compass Group Plc
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  • Location: Southampton, Hampshire
  • Salary: £26,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Competitive
  • Sector: Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

ESS has been a market leader in the Defence and Government Services sectors for over 40 years. As well as providing quality catering, retail and leisure services, we offer a portfolio of superior and sustainable soft services, including: hotel, cleaning, waste management, security, event support and reception services

So, to move forward as an operation, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, to join ESS - This opportunity is no different

We have an opportunity for a talented individual to come and join the team in Southampton as their Catering Manager for a new operation.

Job Description
  • £26k per annum depending on experience - there is the opportunity to increase the salary as the site grows and responsibility increases.
  • Compass exclusive offers on PerksAtWork
  • Access to a wide range of programs to train and develop you
  • Pension contribution
More about the role:

The role is predominantly Monday to Friday with minimal evenings and weekends.

The catering operation is located in a modern building on the outskirts of Southampton.  Due to the pandemic there is a minimal service provision consisting of a café offer with a premade deli service. As building numbers increase we will be looking to grow the team and the offer.

This is an ideal role for someone looking to put their mark on an operation, and to learn and grow as the site gets busier.

As one of our Catering Managers you will be dynamic, creative and an excellent people manager. You will be professional and responsible in your approach to managing the department's service - assuming a hands-on approach to support and direct your team to achieve exceptional levels of service. You will also have a good level of financial acumen.

You will be a friendly and approachable and have passion for providing customer service excellence. Be a team motivator who manages their team to be passionate about what they do, ensuring each customer has a positive experience. You will be innovative and have the ability to forward plan.

You will engage with the client regularly keeping them up to date of successes and challenges and have a can-do attitude to resolving any issues.

Who you are:

The types of applications we would be looking for are candidates interested in in the Catering Manager position would be the following

  • Good basic kitchen skills - (Ideally NVQ 2 as a minimum)
  • Good knowledge and experience of working with food in a contract catering environment
  • Proven commercial background in catering or similar industry
  • People Management
  • Barista trained
  • Communication
  • Results Orientation
  • Understanding Customers
Who we are:

As part of Compass, you have the opportunity to work behind the scenes at sports and leisure events, oilrigs and military bases, and in the heart of schools, hospitals, care homes, client offices and boardrooms - some 6,000+ locations across the UK and Ireland.

We do it all and so could you. Apply now and join the family!

We are an equal opportunity employer, we celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees.

ESS Support Services Worldwide, part of Compass Group UK and Ireland,  is the defence, government, offshore and remote business sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland. It provides food and support services to major companies and organisations operating in remote sites, defence, central and local government departments, police, prisons & offshore sectors.

Please note that we reserve the right to remove this advert prior to the advertised date, dependent on the level of response received.  You are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience.