Kitchen Assistant


Gatwick IRCs

Full time, 38.5 hours


£24,366.78 Per Annum



Here at Gatwick Immigration Removal Centre we have an exciting opportunity for a General Kitchen Assistant to join our Catering team.


As a Kitchen assistant you will provide and carry out catering services, in accordance with all relevant and current regulations, legislation and guidelines.


To enable the catering operation to provide all services by supporting the Head Chefs and Chefs.



Some of the key responsibilities of the role includes:


  • To assist the above in ensuring Health and Safety and Food Hygiene Regulations are strictly observed and controlled.


  • To ensure the security and food safety of all foodstuffs are maintained during delivery, storage and distribution within the establishment.  Food waste is disposed of and recycled via approved methods.


  • To prepare and cook varied and healthy menus for detainees to include special diets, special day and religious events as directed by the Head Chef.


  • To perform random Quality Checks on serveries' before, during and after mealtimes where required.


  • To train for and carry out any other work reasonably acceptable within the capabilities of the post holder including ordering of all foodstuffs and consumables for all catering services.




What you need to do the job:



The successful post holder must have some basic computer skills including knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook applications.

They must have Strong interpersonal skills with Good oral and written communication.

It is important that they have good problem-solving skills.

Understanding risk and conflict management is key within this role.

It is essential they have demonstratable experience of working in a high-pressured catering operation and within tight deadlines.



Preferred Qualifications, however, all training will be given:


  • Food Safety level 2 or 3
  • Awareness of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Awareness of allergen control within catering



 What we offer


  • A competitive salary
  • bank holidays off
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • Serco benefits package including cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • An autonomous and supportive culture
  • Working in a tight knit, friendly team environment 



Why Serco:


Meaningful and vital work - The nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters - delivering essential services that touch people's lives


A world of opportunity - Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You'll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.


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



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 Gold 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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31/07/2024 01:19:00
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