Southampton | Other


University Hospital Southampton, SO16 6YD
Full time (37.5 hours per week) 


£21,383 per annum plus benefits


Here at Serco, we're looking for a Chef to join our Retail Catering Department at University Hospital Southampton. This role will prepare, produce, and serve dishes required for service users ensuring a clean and safe working environment, adhering to Health & Safety working practices and food hygiene regulations.


The Retail Catering Department provides a total meal service to patients, staff and visitors on a breakfast, lunch, and supper service. The Department will cater for special dietary requirements and generate additional income through specialised theme days. The department also provides a range of hospitality to internal and external customers.


Main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Assist the Retail Catering Manager in planning of menus seeking input from the team.
  • Preparation of daily menu items for patients, staff, and public/visitors.
  • Production, presentation, and service of function menus as required.
  • Cleaning and sanitising of own work areas.
  • Daily organisation of chill and freezer storage ensuring cleanliness in these areas.
  • Correct and careful use of equipment used in daily food production.
  • Monitor and record temperatures of chills, freezers, and food in production and holding as per departmental procedures.

What you'll need to do the role:

  • Hold HNC level or equivalent relevant level of knowledge Intermediate Food Hygiene Certificate, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in catering.
  • Previous experience in a similar environment would be preferred.
  • Previous experience monitoring work standards and team working.
  • Knowledge of working with cleaning chemicals.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.


Why Serco

Meaningful and vital work: Working within soft services at Serco means that you'll play a critical role in ensuring that patients continue to receive the support that they need 24/7.

A world of opportunity: It takes a diverse team to support a hospital and we're big on internal progression. So, whether you specialise your skills, progress into team management or move into operations, you'll find all the opportunity you need to evolve your career.


Great people: Hospitals are busy places and you will find yourself interacting with staff, patients, visitors and of course your supportive team. You will be a significant part of the hospital.

What we offer

  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme.
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • The chance to make a positive difference to the wider public.
  • Interesting, varied and enjoyable work.
  • A company that recognises your contribution.


About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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08/04/2023 02:54:00
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