Chef Team Leader

Thamesmead | Other

Location: HMP Thameside, London

Working hours: Permanent, Full-Time, 40 hours per week (every other weekend off)

Salary: £33,800 per annum, Plus £6200 LW, plus Serco benefits



Are you a Chef looking for a change? Late nights, split shifts, no time to see friends or family then this could be the job for you! Straight shift plans, no late night and no split shifts.


The postholder will provide and carry out catering services within prison, in accordance with all relevant Health & Safety and regulations, legislation and guidelines. You will also provide training and supervision to all kitchen workers as well assisting in the prisoner movements and searches to and from the kitchen and wings as required.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


You will be responsible for providing a varied and healthy menu for prisoners which will include special diets, special days and religious events. Continuously maintain a comprehensive knowledge of Safer Custody, Violence Reduction, ACCT and Security responsibilities in line with local / national policies by attending refresher training as required in the training calendar.



As part of this you'll:


  • Ensure the security and food safety of all foodstuffs can be maintained during delivery, storage and distribution within the prison
  • Record and document all relevant paperwork to comply with food hygiene regulations, HACCP and Company Policies
  • Perform random Quality Checks on serveries' before, during and after mealtimes.
  • Complete incident reports, intelligence reports, Use of Force paperwork and accident reports before leaving duty.




What you'll need to do the role


First and foremost, you'll need to have at least 1-2 years' worth of Chef/ Catering experience (Any experience in a custodial setting would be extremely desirable however full training will be provided). As a minimum you will have an NVQ Level 2 in Food Safety and an NVQ in Food Preparation & Production (City & Guilds 706 1 & 2 would also be highly desirable).   


The post holder will be able to work efficiently, work to tight deadlines, be a dedicated team player, have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a socially diverse environment. We are looking for someone that can communicate at all levels, build strong working relationships and be a successful part of an ever-growing team.


The successful applicant will be required to work shifts patterns during the week which will also include working 2 weekends out of 6.



Why Serco


Meaningful and vital work - You'll contribute to the reintegration of ex-offenders back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence criminal behaviour and lowering reoffending rates


A world of opportunity - With six prisons across the UK and a breadth of roles, you'll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression


Great people - You'll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team. who believe passionately in the value of our work.



What we offer


  • Flexible and part time working considered
  • 10-day pa CPD
  • Pension - 6%
  • Bike4Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services/prisons sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package







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.




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Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. 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.


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. We're a proud holder of the Gold Inclusive Employer Standard and we actively encourage applications from females, those with disabilities or from an ethnic minority background. 

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