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Junior Sous Chef Full Time

at Belgrade Theatre Coventry in Coventry (Published at 01-04-2021)

Aim of post:

This post is an exciting opportunity for someone wanting to make a supported career move to what is in effect a stand-alone Food & Drink outlet that is fully supported by the Belgrade Theatre, and play a key part of its success. With City of Culture 2021, the Theatre?s own recently completed expansion plans and neighbouring property developments due to open in the next few years, there are huge opportunities for growth.

To support the Catering Manager in the overseeing of all catering outlets within the Belgrade?s Operations Department, adhering to all in-house food standards. To provide catering for the Theatre?s Events & Conferencing customers. Specifically, the post holder will take responsibility for ensuring that the theatre maximises income from catering sales and control expenditure. To ensure full compliance with Health & Safety and Food Hygiene legislation. To take full responsibility of the running of the kitchen in the absence of the Catering Manager.



  • Ensure consistent and smooth running of the food production
  • Effective stock purchase, its receipt and storage
  • Ensure that working areas are always kept clean
  • To assist other kitchen staff as need arises
  • Supervise performance of kitchen staff to ensure proper activity
  • Perform other administrative tasks as will be communicated by manager
  • To be responsible for compliance with relevant Health & Safety and Food Hygiene legislation
  • To ensure that all necessary reporting and recording is carried out and filed, and being a primary point of contact for Environmental Health Officer visits, ensuring that the Theatre achieves the maximum Hygiene ratings.
  • To order stock as required and ensure that it is all received in good order following HACCP.
  • To work within the Theatre?s Environmental Policy


  • To undertake any other duties which are consistent with the function of the job including attending staff meetings and training courses
  • To develop an understanding of the Belgrade Theatre brand
  • To work at all times within the Theatre?s Equal Opportunities Policy, and especially to create and maintain equality of access for local people to appropriate activities for self-expression within an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
  • To work within the Theatre?s policies, in particular within its Health and Safety policies, and ensure adherence to these policies by freelance workers.
  • To act as ambassador for the Theatre in general and be interested in the work that the Theatre is producing and presenting
  • To actively promote and implement the Theatre?s Environmental Policy

Person Specification:


  • Passion for food, someone who enjoys the process of food preparation and creating menus.
  • Past experience of working in a professional kitchen or similar environment
  • At least 1 year successful experience of working with and supervising a team
  • Ability to cope under stressful conditions
  • A demonstrable ability to
  • ensure compliance with Health & Safety and Food Hygiene legislation and working with Environmental Health Officers
  • supervise a team of permanent and casual staff in a busy working environment with strong leadership skills
  • An understanding of developing new markets and products in a café.
  • A polite, engaging and welcoming persona, and the ability to engage with customers/colleagues, with good spoken and written English
  • Experience of working with fresh produce
  • Energy, flair and enthusiasm;
  • Flexibility and willingness to embrace change
  • Excellent team worker, supporting the work of colleagues as well as inviting support and input in return.
  • A good sense of business, to be efficient and cost effective
  • To be an effective champion of the value of live Theatre
  • Willingness to embrace the Belgrade Brand Values to be the people who know and care. The Belgrade?s character is AMBITIOUS: we have energy and drive to deliver excellence across all our work; BRAVE: we celebrate and encourage creativity and innovation in everyone; COLLABORATIVE: we work inclusively to achieve our goals.


  • Experience of menu and product development.
  • Ability to pay attention to details, adherence to specific ingredients and measurement needed for various menus
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Ability to be creative, always willing to try something new
  • Ability to handle criticisms from customers

Terms and Conditions:

· This is a Full-Time Post, working 39 hours (excluding meal breaks; main meals are a 30 minutes break) over five days Monday to Sunday between 8.00am and midnight with regular weekend/evening work

· Pay is monthly in arrears, £20,280 pa gross, £1690.00 per month gross, (£10.00 per hour gross). Annual Pay Review is April next review April 2022

· There is a probation period of 3 months during which the notice period is two weeks

· After confirmation of appointment the notice period is one month

· Taking leave/days off must be co-ordinated with the other departmental staff to ensure the Theatre has appropriate cover.

· Since April 2014 the Belgrade has run pension auto-enrolment and is currently making 3% employer contributions which will rise in line with legal requirements. The Theatre?s appointed pension provider is NEST. Further details are available.

· Holiday ? 28 days per annum including Bank Holidays, rising by one day every complete year worked, to a maximum annual holiday entitlement of 33 days (including Bank Holidays). Pro Rata for part time working. Holiday must be co-ordinated with the wider department and must avoid peak periods. No holiday is permitted for front of house staff over the Christmas period

  • There is no paid overtime but TOIL (time off in lieu) for hours worked on the 6th day

· The Belgrade operates a House Agreement based on the UK Theatre /BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union) Agreement and its Staff Hand Book outlines the terms on sick pay, maternity leave and pay, paternity leave and pay, grievance and discipline and other relevant staff matters.

· Staff are entitled to tickets for shows at the Belgrade Theatre, subject to particular conditions and 10% discount at the Theatre?s Café Bar and Bars

· On appointment the successful candidate must be able to provide the correct documents as proof of their right to work in the UK.

· The Belgrade is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Due to the job tasks of this post it will require an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (formally CRB) check

· Due to the long and often late hours associated with this post, the post holder is expected to live within 25 miles of the Theatre. Relocation allowance based on BECTU is payable for those eligible (currently c £1500)

· On appointment the successful candidate must be able to provide the correct documents as proof of their right to work in the UK.

· The candidate?s contract of employment with the Belgrade Theatre does not come into force until the first day of work

Expected start date: 12/04/2021

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £20,280.00 per year


  • Chef: 1 year (preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No

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