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Head Chef - Fixed Term Contract - Birmingham

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Domestic Services and Catering
  • Location: Birmingham
  • Salary: £27,000 - £32,000 (Depending on Experience)

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Head Chef

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £27,000 - £32,000 (dependent on experience)

Hours:  Full time 37.5 hours per week

Up to 12 Months Fixed Term Contract


We are St Andrew’s. We are a thriving charity, and our vision is a society in which everyone living with mental health need is heard, valued and has hope for their future.

We help people to overcome barriers, and we work tirelessly to help people in our care to find hope.

St Andrew’s Birmingham is a 118 bedded adult mental healthcare facility comprises of eight units that cover medium and low security for both Men and Women. Located in Stirchley, a vibrant area in South Birmingham, easily accessible by road networks and public transport.

As a Head Chef we can offer you outstanding career development and training, a range of benefits and the opportunity to join us at a truly exciting time in our growth and development.

You will be able to lead a team delivering high quality provision of meal service to service users, ensuring that the meals provided are to the highest possible culinary and hygienic standards. You will ensure that the kitchen and ward dining areas are well organised, stocked and all necessary cleaning schedules are adhered to through the team delivering the service and have a proven track record of managing kitchens and personnel

  You must also:-

  • Hold a current food hygiene certificate and relevant City & Guilds, NVQ Level 3 minimum (Professional Cookery) or equivalent qualification with proven experience in a similar role.
  • Be passionate about food and service
  • Be able work closely with Dieticians to establish what textured foods are required within the service
  • Be capable of managing a diverse work group
  • Be able to interface with Services users, Staff and visitors
  • Be able to deliver exceptional customer satisfaction.
  • Have sound financial acumen and be fully conversant with departmental budgets.
  • Be capable of ordering food – ability to use Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel. 
  • Be fully conversant with food hygiene legislation and HACCP

You will need a flexible approach to working hours, be able to demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills and exhibit attitudes and behaviours reflective of St Andrew’s care values. 


We offer an excellent benefits package including: Pension; Sickness policy on par with the NHS; Access to the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts schemes; 35 days annual leave (including bank holidays), increasing to 41 after 10 years' service; Life cover; Our newly launched Electric Car scheme; Cycle to work scheme; Healthcare cash plan; Free parking; Paid DBS application; Access to free vocational qualifications.

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.