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Cook and Assistant Café Manager

Ways Into Work

Posted: 12 Jul 2022

Deadline: 26 Aug 2022

Compensation: £23,000.00 - £26,000.00

Paid Full-time Part-time


Job description

New Café opportunity to make your mark as part of the Management team

This is an exciting career opportunity for a great Cook and Assistant Café Manager to be involved in the launch of a friendly and rewarding daytime Café adjacent to the centre of Reading. This would suit a chef or cook looking for a cafe Management opportunity whilst a achieving a better work/ life balance in the field.

Client Details:

Ways into Work CIC  is a social enterprise which job matches and develops people with disabilities and other barriers in the workforce. They are opening a brand new café which will be a key profit centre for the business creating a unique and diverse opportunity for the right candidate to join a growing organisation and build a team. You role will be key in helping to create a happy place to meet, eat delicious food and have great coffee. 


Reporting to the Cafe Manager, this is a unique chance to develop and deliver the menu, run the kitchen and assist the Cafe Manager in their duties. The position will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Sourcing ingredients and products of the highest quality within budget and locally wherever possible 
  • Menu development, delivering consistently delicious plates of food, coffee and cakes
  • Cost control of all menu items whilst ensuring wastage targets are met
  • Training of the entire team in the preparation and serving of the menu
  • Ensure excellent customer service is provided
  • Coordinate and manage all catering and associated services 
  • Stock control and ordering of all catering supplies 
  • Work in a hands on capacity in the Cafe, leading from and running the kitchen
  • Developing and maintaining all food safety compliance systems & procedures including food allergens
  • Assist the Cafe Manager in all duties and deputise when required

  The person will require: 

  • Strong communication and customer service skills
  • Strong cooking skills 
  • Cooking experience in a commercial environment
  • A positive personality and outlook to motivate the team 
  • Willingness to manage and help people with disabilities as needed in a diverse team
  • Ability to use basic IT systems

This is a Permanent position working in a team that changes lives, one job at a time

40 hours a week, flexible hours, day time only.

25 days holiday + bank holidays + a unique opportunity to buy or sell up to 1 week

Excellent Learning and Development Package

For further information or to discuss any reasonable adjustments please get in touch via our info email address available on our website or through here.

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.