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Head Baker

Luminary Bakery
47 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ

Posted: 21 Sep 2021

Deadline: 1 Nov 2021

Compensation: £26,000 - £28,000 per annum

Paid Full-time

Job description

Job Title: Head Baker

Based in: 47 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ

Reports to: Commercial Director

Hours: 40 hours per week, normally between 8am-4pm from Mondays to Fridays

Salary: £26,000-28,000 dependent on experience

Job Purpose: To run a bakery kitchen and manage a small team of bakers - including graduates of the Luminary training programme - to produce the whole Luminary range of artisan baked goods, from beautiful artisan Wedding and Celebration cakes to Letterbox Brownies. Ensuring quality, consistency and efficiency at all times.


  • Overseeing a team of bakers to successfully produce and fulfil bakery orders across all business sales channels (corporate orders, café baked goods, consumer orders via the Luminary e- commerce store, wedding and celebration cakes)
  • Ensuring the quality and excellence of all Luminary baked goods created on site, including brand consistency, product quality and food standards
  • Managing the bakery team to successfully ice and decorate wedding and celebration cakes, baking and preparing event or bespoke orders and batch-baking traybakes, layer cakes and cookies, amongst other products
  • Oversight of bakery department planning and administration; including ordering packaging in advance for postal orders, liaising with suppliers, ordering ingredients and scheduling team shifts
  • New product development: including recipe creation for press and partners (most recently this has included opportunities with Waitrose and Ben & Jerry’s), as well as developing innovative new product ideas and strategies for in-house products
  • Maintaining food hygiene and safety standards as per company policy and ensuring that the bakery team follow correct processes and procedures and have appropriate levels of training
  • Working with the Commercial Director and Head of Finance to oversee the commercial viability and performance of the bakery department; including cost of sales analysis, supplier management, regular stock takes, and responsibility for managing the profit and loss of the department
  • Leadership and line management responsibilities across the bakery team, including overseeing work experience and apprentice opportunities and management of full-time and part-time team members
  • Line Management will include supervision and one-to-ones with women who are on, or have graduated from, the Luminary programme, whether gaining work experience, employed as apprentices, or in their first employment role, who have experienced gender-based violence and disadvantage, working to develop their confidence and skills in a workplace environment. (For this reason it is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the post holder is female, permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.)
  • Any other tasks that the Commercial Director and Head Office may require



  • At least three years of experience in a professional bakery or kitchen
  • Ability to bake high-quality products including artisan celebration and wedding cakes
  • Ability to oversee multiple priorities, manage a team and work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to handle and lift items weighing between 0-50 pounds
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK


  • Experience working with disadvantaged individuals or groups
  • Experience working in a production kitchen or e-commerce food and beverage business


  • Regular opportunities for training, professional development and building a personal brand, including the opportunity to be involved with national press and high-profile corporate partners
  • Free barista coffee each shift
  • 20% discount off all on-site food & drink, 10% discount off online purchases
  • Opportunities to be involved in Press at Luminary

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About Luminary Bakery

Luminary is an innovative response to a need we saw for women who have had a social and economic disadvantage. We are a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women to build a future for themselves.