• Job Reference: 154723
  • Date Posted: 1 September 2021
  • Employer: Serco Limited
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  • Location: Nottinghamshire (NG14 7DA), United Kingdom
  • Salary: £22,950
  • Sector: Hospitality & Tourism
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description




HMP Lowdham Grange, Nottinghamshire

Full-Time/ Permanent

£22,950 per annum + Benefits



Here at Serco we're looking for a Chef to join us at HMP Lowdham Grange based in Nottinghamshire. The postholder will provide and carry out catering services within HMP Lowdham Grange, in accordance with all relevant Health & Safety and regulations, legislation and guidelines. You will also provide training and supervision to all kitchen workers as well assisting in the prisoner movements and searches to and from the kitchen and wings as required.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


You will be responsible for providing a varied and healthy menu for prisoners which will include special diets, special days and religious events. Continuously maintain a comprehensive knowledge of Safer Custody, Violence Reduction, ACCT and Security responsibilities in line with local / national policies by attending refresher training as required in the training calendar.



As part of this you'll:

  • Ensure the security and food safety of all foodstuffs can be maintained during delivery, storage and distribution within the prison
  • Record and document all relevant paperwork to comply with food hygiene regulations, HACCP and Company Policies
  • Perform random Quality Checks on serveries' before, during and after mealtimes.
  • Complete incident reports, intelligence reports, Use of Force paperwork and accident reports before leaving duty.



What you'll need to do the role

First and foremost, you'll need to have an NVQ Level 2 in Food Safety as well as City & Guilds 7061/ 1 & 2 or an equivalent NVQ in Food Preparation and Production. You'll need to have worked in a similar role (ideally within a custodial setting) or have at least 2 years' experience within a catering position. 


The post holder will be able to demonstrate resilience, time management, a strong team ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a socially diverse environment. We are looking for someone that can communicate at all levels, build strong working relationships and be a successful part of an ever-growing team.



Why Serco

Meaningful and vital work - You'll contribute to the reintegration of ex-offenders back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence criminal behaviour and lowering reoffending rates


A world of opportunity - With six prisons across the UK and a breadth of roles, you'll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression


Great people - You'll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team. who believe passionately in the value of our work.


What we offer

  • Flexible and part time working considered
  • 10-day pa CPD
  • Pension - 6%
  • Bike4Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services/prisons sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package




About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 



Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly a Disability Confident level 3 employer and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. 


At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.