Sous Chef

Reference number: 43214

Title: Sous Chef

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, full time

Location: Selly Oak, Birmingham

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Monday 6 May 2019

Salary: Circa £19,500 per annum

Interview date: To be confirmed

To start: To be discussed at interview

Job advert:

About the role

As the Sous Chef at TouchBase Pears in Birmingham you will be a key part of the team in our high quality café and the catering provision at the centre.

Our café serves the people Sense supports, the local community and also staff based at the location. You will prepare takeaway options such as sandwiches and salads, to-order hot meals, and catering for events, communicating clearly with the front-facing staff.

You will ensure environmental health standards are met to a high standard, that the café looks attractive and that the kitchen environment and café are clean and tidy, washing up and cleaning as needed.

An ability to work flexible hours including regular early mornings, some evenings and some Saturdays, is essential.

About you 

The successful candidate will have experience as a chef in a café or restaurant, and be confident and skilled enough to ensure that the standard of food and service in the café and at catered events is outstanding at all times. You will have;

  • The ability to work on your own or as a team, cooking a range of tasty food from scratch, and presenting it attractively.
  • Experience and/or a qualification as a chef and will have the ability to work with enthusiasm, efficiency and energy.
  • The ability to communicate with a wide variety of people and an interest in learning new communication methods.
  • Hold a food hygiene qualification.
  • Be passionate about what the Hive Café has to offer our on-site staff, tenants, people supported by Sense and our local community and will be an enthusiastic advocate for TouchBase Pears.
  • An ability to work flexible hours including regular early mornings, some evenings and some Saturdays, is essential.

About us

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

TouchBase Pears is situated in the heart of Birmingham, in the Selly Oak area. It is a place for everyone and includes a day centre, café, charity shop, community spaces and a gallery spaces to name a few.  Working at TouchBase Pears will give you a unique opportunity to work alongside, and serve, a truly diverse group of people; it really is a fantastic place for people to do remarkable things. 

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:Joanne O'Reilly via

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. 


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Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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