Cook - FSC Slapton

Field Studies Council (FSC)

Slapton, Near Kingsbridge, Devon
£14,139 - £15,460 pa (part-time)

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental education

Closing date: Saturday, 29th February 2020   Closes today

Imagine a role that offers you both unique opportunities and challenges; where you are an important part of an empowered team who strive to create a truly memorable experience for every individual who visits our FSC Locations and where you have the chance to demonstrate your passion to deliver the highest standards of customer service and care. No matter what role you perform at the FSC, everyone can make a difference... if you want to join our successful Environmental Education Charity and you have what it takes to make a difference then we want to hear from you.

Overall Job purpose:

The Cook is a key post in the learning location’s Hospitality & Catering team. As deputy to the Lead Cook you will assist with delivery of the catering service to resident groups. This will include hands-on cooking, kitchen management tasks, deputising for the Lead Cook as appropriate, and assisting with the supervision of the catering team.

This is an active role and will require the post holder to be able to carry out duties associated with kitchen work, including manual handling e.g. carrying saucepans, food items, assisting with food deliveries.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Cooking and delivering of breakfasts (earliest usually 7.30am) and evening meals (latest usually 7pm) for up to 150 residential visitors, whilst ensuring the wide variety of dietary needs and tastes are met at all times
  • Ensuring all meals are produced in line with health and hygiene regulations
  • Accurately completing all monitoring and recording paperwork i.e. HACCP
  • Assisting with the compilation of a varied range of menus
  • Deputising for the Lead Cook in their absence
  • Assisting with the supervision of the catering team
  • Assisting with the induction and in-house training of the catering team
  • Provision of light lunches or packed lunches for residential groups, as required
  • Preparation of home baked items for packed lunches, afternoon teas and supper
  • Washing up of utensils, crockery and cutlery as required
  • Assisting with sourcing suppliers, stock control, and placing orders
  • Receiving deliveries and ensuring they are checked, recorded and correctly stored on arrival
  • Providing lunches for staff on duty
  • Ensuring that tea/coffee making areas for visitors are kept clean and stocked
  • Ensuring that catering equipment is appropriately maintained
  • Routine cleaning of the kitchen to ensure hygiene standards are met at all times
  • Participating in the cleaning, upkeep and decorating of the kitchen and dining area in off-peak times


  • Complying with all relevant legislation / FSC Operating Codes of Practice (OCoPs) / FSC Health and Safety Handbook and FSC procedures
  • Taking an active role in the learning location’s evening and residential duty system - this will involve staying on site on some evenings and overnight to deal with customer issues and, with the support of a Senior member of staff, respond to emergencies
  • Delivering a high standard of customer service and customer care
  • Ensuring the highest standards of quality are achieved in all duties carried out
  • Working closely with other staff to ensure that appropriate levels of service are maintained during absences and periods of high workload
  • Maintaining professional standards at all times in accordance with FSC policies
  • Fulfilling your obligations under FSC’s Behaviour Partnership to ensure a happy, productive working environment
  • Attending staff meetings as well as FSC internal and external training as required, in order to share best practice and improve team and learning location performance, and participating fully in staff development activities (sometimes this may involve travel to other learning locations with the occasional overnight stay)
  • Driving: Due to the remote nature of the learning location it cannot always be accessed by public transport and it would therefore be advantageous if the post holder were able to drive. We have a number of vehicles which you may be asked to drive. To do so, you will need to be 21 years or over, have a full valid driving licence, to have been driving for at least two years, and undertake an internal assessment on commencement in the role

Subject to meeting certain criteria, you may also be required to drive our minibuses. If you do not hold D1 entitlement and have the appropriate driving experience/certification, you may be required to undertake the relevant training upon commencement of the role

  • Undertaking any other duties that may reasonably be required to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the learning location

Key Expectations:

The expectations of every employee that we regard as essential include:

  • A positive and passionate work attitude
  • A desire to show pride in all aspects of their work
  • A flexible approach with a willingness to adapt to changes
  • An ability to work using your own initiative both independently and as a competent, effective team member
  • An ability to work under pressure and prioritise work to meet tight deadlines
  • Always treating others with courtesy, dignity and respect
  • A commitment and contribution to improving FSC’s environmental performance
  • A committed and proactive approach to personal development; motivated to learn new skills and overcome new challenges

How to apply:

For all recruitment information and relevant application forms please go to our vacancies web page at:

To apply for this position please download and complete in full the Application Form. You must ensure that your application includes examples of how you have demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in meeting the requirements of the post detailed in both the job description and person specification.

Send your completed application form to: OR

Human Resources, FSC Head Office, Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1HW

Please note we do not accept CV’s without a completed application form.

Applications will be considered on arrival and interviews arranged as appropriate

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email.

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