Full Time: 39 hours per week

Salary: £25,000 – £29,000

Location: Swallowfield, Wellington

Want to work for a company where Togetherness, Nurture, Pride and Planet are at the heart of everything they do? Then look no further, Somerset Larder produces fresh food and meals to go using locally sourced ingredients from all over the west country. Our philosophy is to nourish the community with amazing produce, to employ local people and to train apprentices for future careers in the catering and hospitality sector.

At Somerset Larder, our Values have been set by our staff. Our Values exist for the good of our working lives and company performance. Our Values are:

  • Togetherness – “Be a tractor not a trailer.”
  • Nurture – “You grow, I grow, we grow.”
  • Pride – “We can and we will”
  • Planet – “We’re part of a bigger picture”

South West Larder offers a generous benefits package which includes:

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • 30 days holiday (including bank holidays)
  • Flexible shift options
  • Ongoing Learning, Development & Training
  • Access to Occupational Health
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Pension Scheme (5% matched)
  • Free Meal on Shift

Overall Purpose of the Job

Undertaking operational management of a catering unit, supporting and guiding staff for the highest attainable standards in the provision of excellent facilities, product/brand quality and customer service, whilst managing the implementation of agreed strategic initiatives for developing operational effectiveness and the achievement of KPIs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute towards the overall success of the Somerset Larder catering operation, supporting Business Development  Manager and liaising with other Somerset Larder Managers as appropriate, whilst monitoring opportunities for suggesting further improvement/development of operations & services
  • Manage and lead the unit team for the consistent attainment and delivery of agreed technical service and customer care standards, whilst exercising professionally supportive and motivational leadership at all times
  • Undertake the management of stock control and purchasing of goods for the units.
  • Oversee the management of Health & Safety for the units operation , ensuring that requirements are discussed and clarified with staff, ensuring that they are implemented consistently, incorporating up-to-date legal compliance and best practice in line with policy and procedure, ensuring that daily and weekly team briefs are carried out effectively
  • Support Somerset Larder in undertaking effective development of staff, alongside HR colleagues and in line with lawful, best practice
  • Food safety monitoring using HACCP and FSMS documents.
  • Ensure that all personal actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of Somerset Larder and HPC, undertaking all tasks in an environmentally sustainable manner – promoting environmental sustainability where opportunity presents.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Level 3 (formerly intermediate) Food Hygiene qualification (course provided)
  • Catering Operations management skills gained in a similar environment, providing restaurant services on a similar scope and of reasonable scale
  • A thorough understanding of administration and financial responsibilities associated with catering  management, including stock and related cost control, and knowledge of  budgetary responsibility to the requirements of the role
  • Ability to conduct effective team and individual meetings and reviews
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload in meeting requirements/deadlines on a similar scope and scale


  • Level 4 (formerly Advanced) Food Hygiene qualification
  • Performance Management knowledge and skills to the requirements of the post, gained within a similar leadership role in a comparable working environment
  • Trainer-training qualification or proven understanding of principles through experience
  • Staff recruitment, management and development knowledge/skills – to professional standards in line with legislation and ‘best practice’
  • Performance Management knowledge and skills to the requirements of the post, gained within a similar role in a comparable working environment

For more information contact recruitment@somersetlarder.co.uk or call 01278 555340

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