• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Portsmouth
  • 24,367 - 26,073 £ / Year
  • 1 July 2024

Portsmouth City Council

Local Government

Cook – Shearwater

Salary: Band: 5, £24,362 – £26,073 pa, pro rata plus shift allowance if applicable

26 hours per week – Hours worked over a two-week rota.  Example of shift times – 07:30 – 16:30 or 09:00 – 15:00 and weekends 07:30 – 15:00. Sunday and bank holiday working may apply.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Shearwater is in the Milton area of Portsmouth and is a purpose built 40 bed dementia residential home, which opened in August 2009. The accommodation is spread over 2 floors in units of 20 per floor. All bedrooms have a private ensuite with a shower. The home also has a good-sized garden for residents to enjoy.

We currently have around 100 staff working different roles and different shifts throughout the home.

Your new role

As Cook you will be preparing food on a daily basis, with the help of a kitchen assistant/s, producing nutritionally based meals, including dietary requirements, for up to 40 people.  You will be required to plan and produce a varied and exciting menu whilst managing a set budget as well as being responsible for the overall Health and Safety in the kitchen including induction of any new staff.  You will also support the activity team to cater for special activities/events within Shearwater.  Following the stock ordering process, you will liaise with various suppliers and check with the delivery of supplies whilst arranging appropriate storage. You will work with the wider Shearwater team to ensure all kitchen records are kept up to date, ensuring policies and procedures are being followed, whilst overseeing the kitchen cleaning schedule and ensure all kitchen staff are following national guidance provided including COSHH.

What you’ll need to succeed

With proven cookery skills, you will need an advanced qualification in catering, for example, City and Guilds 701/702 and a basic food hygiene certificate (or be working towards a suitable qualification).  You will have experience of ordering stock and the ability to keep within a set budget whilst still providing quality and varied food with minimal waste. You will be required to have a good knowledge of food and nutrition requirements, including a good range of special dietary requirements, and a knowledge and understanding of food safety including IDDSI and food intolerances or allergies. (IDDSI training will be provided).  With good interpersonal and communication skills you will be flexible to enable you to adapt to changing workloads and requirements of the unit with the ability to organise and lead kitchen staff.

What you’ll get in return

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

Generous annual leave (27 days per year rising to 31, pro rata for part time hours) with the potential to purchase additional leave.
A fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return.
Flexible working hours.
Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships.
Extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme
Discount on travel, travel loans and the bike loan scheme
Discounts on a wide range of goods and services – access a range of discounts and offers from thousands of restaurants, shops and more.

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