Chef Manager

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Reference number: 42538

Title: Chef Manager

Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week - Social hours!

Location: Selly Oak, Birmingham

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 29 April 2018

Salary: 24,590 per annum

Interview date: To be confirmed

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:


Are you ready for a new and exciting challenge?

Are you a talented Chef looking for a better work-life balance?

This is an exciting opportunity to ‘build’ a café, catering and moving to restaurant offer in a purpose built £14m arts and community centre.


About the role

As the Chef Manager at TouchBase Pears you will develop and manage a high quality café and the catering provision. This is a hands-on management role and you will lead on everything from menu, food service delivery costing to cooking and managing the café.

You will recruit and train your new team, which will comprise of both staff and volunteers. You will be a key part of the ‘life’ of the centre and will be part of the Duty Manager rota; you will have high levels of engagement with all the people that access the building. As the centre becomes an established local venue you will be able to become more involved with the local community and provide events such as cookery classes.  

About you 

You will have substantial experience of both running catering facilities and as a hands-on chef, during this time you will have directly managed a team motivating them to deliver excellent service.

You will be commercially driven and able to think creatively to maximise the income potential of the catering facilities. You will have strong finance skills and be able to demonstrate how you have reported on income and expenditure against budget, stock control and overseeing cash handling procedures. 

About us

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued.

You will be based at TouchBase Pears, which is situated in the Selly Oak area. It is a fantastically inclusive space for everyone and includes day centre, café, charity shop, library, conferences, events, drama, music and a dance studio!  TouchBase Pears is a fantastic place for people to do remarkable things and you will play a key role. You can find out more about TouchBase Pears here.

As our new Chef Manager you will be part of a friendly team and there are always other people to turn to. Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact:

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application; CVs will not be considered. Managers will use your application to shortlist candidates in relation to the Personal Specification; therefore it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines and job description (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format for example large print, Braille or audio please contact the HR department on 0121 415 6735 or textphone 0121 415 2720.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work. Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. 


Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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