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The following positions are currently available:

 


Catering Manager

Full Time

Daytime only – no split shifts

Reporting to the Garden Centre General Manager

We are currently looking for an experienced Catering Manager to manage the thriving 360-cover Garden Restaurant located within Gates Garden Centre.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Overall responsibility for the efficient management of The Garden Restaurant, including kitchen and front of house teams.
  • Manage, motivate and develop a team of over 65 staff to deliver a high standard of food preparation, service and customer care.
  • Plan and review menus in consultation with Chefs and the General Manager.
  • Ensure all food is prepared to a high standard as per company policy and current legislation.
  • Deliver an outstanding service to customers at all times.
  • Control and monitor the financial performance of the restaurant to pre-budgeted targets.
  • Implement and maintain the statutory and company standards of hygiene, health and safety and take any action as necessary.
  • Order supplies, manage stock and control wastage.
  • Manage staffing including rotas, holidays and absences, ensuring adequate cover at all times.
  • Hire and train new staff. 

About You:

  • Extensive hands-on front and back of house experience in a high quality busy restaurant/catering environment.
  • A hands-on manager, with exceptionally high standards of service and food presentation, who is willing to operate at the forefront of service.
  • Experience in a high volume operation.
  • Creative flair and up-to-date industry knowledge for producing and pricing menus.
  • Staff management, recruitment and training experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills to co-ordinate the kitchen and front of house teams.
  • Fully conversant with food hygiene regulations, relevant Health and Safety legislation and have appropriate qualifications.
  • A keen eye for cost-control, budgeting, profitability and efficiency.
  • Experience of purchasing and stock control.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Good computer skills covering email, Word and Excel.
  • Previous experience as a chef is not necessary, but you must have a passion for food.

About the Business:

  • One of the largest independent destination garden centres in the UK – established for 70 years.
  • A busy and successful 360-cover restaurant with separate 90-cover veranda.
  • Additional seasonal on-site pop-up facilities.
  • 65 restaurant/kitchen staff.
  • Excellent reputation for quality and exceptional service.
  • Beautiful rural setting just 6 miles from the popular tourist destination Rutland Water; 4 miles from Oakham and 8 miles from Melton Mowbray.
  • An independent, family run business, where you can make a real difference.

Hours:

  • Full Time, 45 hours per week, 5 days out of 7.
  • As the restaurant is open only during Garden Centre hours, there is no requirement to work evenings or split shifts.
  • Due to the nature of the business, the successful candidate will need to have a flexible approach to working hours, especially weekends and Bank Holidays, as these are our busiest times.

Salary: A rewarding salary package commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Pension, staff discount, subsidised meals, free parking. 

Closing date: Sunday 13 May 2018

For more information please contact: 

John Reeves, Accounts Manager
Phone: 01664 454309
Email: accounts@gatesgardencentre.co.uk

Applicants should apply in writing, including current CV, notice period and salary expectations, to:

John Reeves, Accounts Manager
Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB

STRICTLY NO AGENCIES


Cook

Full Time

We currently have a full time vacancy for a cook in our Garden Restaurant. Hours to include four weekdays and one day at the weekend. No evening or split shifts. Applicants should be able to offer a flexible approach to working days and times and be available to work during School/College holiday periods and Bank Holidays.

As a member of our kitchen team, you will be responsible for ensuring all food and associated products are prepared, cooked, served and presented to our high standards. With excellent customer service skills, you should also be professional, well presented and able to communicate clearly with people at all levels. You should be a self-motivated team player able to work unsupervised in a busy and fast paced environment.

For further enquiries please phone 01664 452837 and ask to speak to Gillie.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


Kitchen Porter

Part Time

We currently have a vacancy for a part-time Kitchen Porter, working weekdays (number of days to be agreed) plus one weekend day.

Applicants should be able to offer a flexible approach to working days and times.

Applicants must be professional and well presented and able to communicate clearly with people at all levels. They must also be a self-motivated team player who is able to work unsupervised in a busy environment.

For further information please phone 01664 452837 and ask to speak to Gillie.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


EPOS Assistant / Receptionist

Part Time

We currently have a vacancy for a Part Time EPOS Assistant / Receptionist to join our team here at Gates. You will be required to work four days per week, including one alternating weekend day each week. You should be able to offer a flexible approach to working days and times and be available to work during School/College holiday period and Bank Holidays.

The work will primarily be on the information desk. Applicants should possess excellent customer service skills and a good team working ability, you need to be self-motivated, literate, numerate and accurate when entering data, doing stock takes and answering customer queries. Knowledge of Excel is required.

To apply please complete the Employment Application Form below.


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HOW TO APPLY

For more information regarding positions currently available at Gates Garden Centre,
please call in and ask at the tills or telephone us on 01664 454309.

To apply for any available position, please print and complete the Employment Application Form.

Once completed please post to:

GATES GARDEN CENTRE

Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB

Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham, Leicestershire LE15 7QB

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