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Cafe Manager

Ways Into Work

Posted: 20 Jun 2022

Deadline: 1 Aug 2022

Compensation: £25,000 -£35,000 per year

Paid Full-time Permanent


Job description

Apply for this exciting opportunity as Café Manager only if you want to create a new Café experience near the centre of Reading

· You will help develop and launch the Café, get it up and running, then manage it to create a friendly and rewarding space whilst meeting profitability targets.

· Our Café will offer coffee, cakes and plates.

· You will share our passion for changing lives one job at a time.

Ways into Work is an employee-owned social enterprise supporting some 500 people with disabilities or other barriers and we have a clear mission: Changing Lives One Job at a Time. We want employers to understand the benefits of diversity in the workforce and supporting people with disabilities or other barriers to gain and maintain paid employment.

Thanks to new funding, we are focused on the first of our commercial ventures in setting up a brand new café in Reading. It will create several job and development opportunities for our clients and the wider community demonstrating what real diversity in the workplace looks like. It will also be a key profit centre to do its part in supporting Ways into Work. The Café will challenge perceptions as well as providing the area with a happy place to meet, eat and have a great coffee.

You can find more information and a Job Description via the Careers page of our website

Job title: Café Manager

· Contract: permanent

· Salary band: £25 -35,000 pro rata, depending on experience.

· Location: Reading (adjacent to town centre).

· Hours: Full time (37 hours), working flexibly including weekends. Part time hours will be considered for the right candidate.

· Essentials. You will:

o have at least 2 years’ experience as a hard working and passionate café or restaurant manager or supervisor

o have at least 4 years’ experience in hospitality, ideally

o have considerable experience in leading operations within a café environment including regulatory and compliance requirements

o be able to demonstrate good commercial skills, balancing profit optimisation whilst creating an inclusive environment.

o As manager of a diverse team, you will share our values

o Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

o demonstrate resilience in balancing multiple priorities and in challenging situations.

o use basic IT systems independently and efficiently.

o have the appropriate proof of the Right to Work in the UK

o be subject to an enhanced disclosure by the Disclosure & Barring Service.

Extras: Very few people who start with us have worked in supported employment before; in this role your expertise in café management and sharing our values is what’s most important. However, experience in education, working with people with disabilities or other barriers, health & social care or employment support would be really handy for this role.

· We are committed to making Ways into Work a great place to work. Benefits include:

o 25 days holiday pro rata, increasing with service and the ability to buy or sell up to 1 week

o Annual bonus & contributions to social events.

o Excellent Learning & Development package.

For further information and to discuss any reasonable adjustments please contact our info email address which is on our Cafe Manager job ad page or via here for details. To apply please submit your CV and covering letter (no more than 500 words) including why you want to work for us and why you believe you will be suited to the role.

Application information

To apply please submit your CV and covering letter (no more than 500 words) including why you want to work for us and why you believe you will be suited to the role to

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About Ways Into Work

We are a Supported Employment organisation and are a Community Interest Company supporting disabled people and people with other barriers into work in the Berkshire , Hampshire and Oxford area. We are in the process of starting up our own cafe.