Rate of Pay:
£10.15 per hour (including annual leave allowance)
As part of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh First venues are among the finest in Edinburgh and can cater to gatherings of all sizes, from a 1,000-strong audience to fine dining for 30. As well as catering for events at our venues we also deliver food and drink for celebrations and corporate events to other venues across Edinburgh. We operate a large outside and delivered catering service to over 115 University buildings and to private and corporate locations across the city.
Our Edinburgh First Kitchen has a vacancy for a Guaranteed Hours Kitchen Porter to work flexible shifts, typically being offered shifts 5 days out of 7 in rotation.
You will have worked in hotels with a strong Conference and Banqueting experience, fine dining restaurants or events / outside catering.
This is an open-ended, guaranteed hours post. Closing Date:
5pm (GMT) on 26 January 2018.
Job Details Job title:
Kitchen Porter School/Support Department:
Accommodation, Catering and Events Unit (if applicable):
Edinburgh First Line Manager:
Assist in the service of food and beverages to a range of customers along with basic food preparation duties. In addition undertake basic general cleaning duties within the catering department.
To work as a member of a team involved in cleaning all kitchen areas including pot wash & premises (floors, walls and ceilings). If required assist in any additional dish wash or cleaning duties.
Main Responsibilities (approx. % of time)
- Through operating the dish wash, clear dirty crockery and store clean crockery ready to be used again for food service. 5%
- Wash all pots, cooking and serving equipment as per the requirements of the Food Hygiene Management System. 45%
- Undertake cleaning duties which may include general cleaning of front of house areas and all dining areas & equipment (e.g. Juice & coffee machines, serving counters & fridges) as part of the legal requirement to provide a clean and hygienically safe catering environment. 5%
- Clean all kitchen areas to include kitchen services, fridge & freezer units, store areas & wash hand basins, and clear all kitchen rubbish both during and at the end of shift. 35%
- As per Health & Safety responsibility ensure safe use of cleaning chemicals and wear PPE where required in accordance with training. 5%
- Will undertake the above duties working on a rotational basis and any additional duties as requested by management. 5%
Planning and Organising
- To work under the direction of the manager/supervisor and complete tasks to a laid down standard.
- Majority of work is planned and organised by line management.
- Little problem solving required. If they have any concerns they should be referred to line manager or Supervisor.
- To work under the direction of the manager/supervisor and complete tasks to a laid down standard.
- Majority of work is planned and organised by line management. Be able to determine customer spend i.e. operate the till accurately and charge the correct amounts.
- Be able to organise and run an area of operation single handed e.g. dishwash/servery.
- Deal with customer queries and take appropriate action as required e.g. decide at what stage a complaints or query should be referred to line manager requests from kitchen & front of house staff using own ability to prioritise where required.
- Use own initiative to move around catering outlet to meet customer needs and provide greatest staff cover/increase in level of service e.g. during lunch periods and tea/coffee breaks when surges can occur around servery counters and at tills.
Must be able to work harmoniously as part of a team and be helpful and polite when dealing with customers. Key daily contacts internal to unit and will regularly deal with at least 3 of the following: managers, assistant Managers, supervisors, chefs, catering assistants, kitchen porters, store person.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
No experience necessary, although on the job training will be given and the job holder must be able to learn by experience. Training is given in the operation of cleaning equipment and a basic food hygiene qualification is to be achieved within 6 months.
Uses approximately £350.00 of cleaning consumables per annum.
Job Context and any other relevant information
The catering environment may involve moving heavy objects and sometimes long periods of repetitive tasks. A certain degree of bending, stretching, twisting and constant movement is required and ability to work at a quick pace over meal service times.
A high level of flexibility is required to cover changes in services, dependant on business levels and requirements. Demands to provide services out with the catering unit and to provide function coverage, requires co-operation and must be prepared to extend working hours at short notice within limits. Catering Assistants Kitchen Porters must be prepared to work in any area unless specialist training has not been given.
Accommodation, Catering and Events is committed to operating in a sustainable, environmentally effective and beneficial way. In your role at ACE you are required to play an active role in assisting us to meet these objectives by encouraging other residents / staff to participate in green initiatives and leading by example.
All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page.
The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application.
The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments Closing date:
5pm (GMT) on Friday 26 January 2018.
Eligibility to Work
In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.
For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website
In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the Home Office and Visa Services advertising, salary and/ or qualification level criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK.
Conditions of Employment
For employees on University Grades 1-5 or equivalent there are two pension schemes available: University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme (SBS) or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).
This role is grade UE01 and therefore the post holder will automatically become a member of the NEST scheme if their monthly earnings are deemed to be qualifying earnings (equivalent to the HMRC monthly threshold above which their earnings are taxable). If the post holders earnings are not deemed as qualifying earnings and therefore will not automatically become a member they can opt in to the NEST scheme.
The post holder can choose to join SBS and by doing so they will not become a member of the NEST scheme.
Further information on the different employer/employee contribution levels required for each scheme and different levels of benefits that the post holder may receive may be found at on our Pensions website
The role is grade UE01 and attracts a salary of £8.75 per hour plus £1.40 per hour annual leave allowance (total rate of pay - £10.15 per hour). This is a Guaranteed Hours post, with a guaranteed number of hours being offered within a period, depending on business needs.
Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month.
Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.
The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE)
Accommodation, Catering and Events (formerly Accommodation Services) provides catered and self-catered residential accommodation for over 9,000 students, including community and welfare support through its Residence Life service. We also operate 17 cafes and a range of other catering products to students and staff across the University estate. Under our commercial brand, Edinburgh First, we deliver hotel accommodation options to around 200,000 guests each year plus an extensive selection of conference, catering and event services to over 2,000 events.
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