Senior Pastry Chef

Cambridge, UK
Up to £19.600 - £24.500
16 Mar 2019
16 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Job Title: Senior Pastry chef

Contract: Permanent, Full Time

Salary: Up to £19.600 - £24.500

Location: Cambridge

What it's about

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and qualified Chef with 5* catering and hospitality experience to join a dynamic and customer focused catering team working to produce and deliver excellent services to all Cambridge Assessment staff, guests and visitors.

What you'll be doing
  • Preparation, cooking and serving of high quality food whilst delivering excellent catering service and hospitality to all CA employees and visitors of the organisations within Cambridge assessment.
  • Plan and order food as required ensuring that stock are properly rotated and level maintained. Work with the team to ensure new ideas and food offer is kept in line with the current trends
  • To support the catering management team with planning menus, contributing to improvements and be open to change.
  • Maintain our very high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and overall presentation and premises to ensure that the Catering Department's reputation is maintained.
  • Ensuring all kitchen and catering equipment are clean and serviceable before use and any catering areas are kept in a tidy, clean and hygienic condition at all time.
  • Comply with Group Values and Departmental Competencies framework. Comply with all internal procedures and policies and legislative compliance such as Health and Safety, Fire Policy, Uniform policy and Food Hygiene Regulations including HACCP and CA Food Safety policy.

What we're looking for

The ideal Chef will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated team player with great attention to detail. You should will be able to plan your own work, menus and have a proven ability to manage your workload when under pressure to meet multiple deadlines and will enjoy contributing to the excellent reputation of the department.

The candidate must have a strong background in patisserie and confectionary and leading a small team. They must also be a great team player with a positive attitude and be passionate about pastry, with I good interest in current trends. The candidate must have good baking skills as well as modern techniques such as nappage, glazing and chocolate work and special dietary dessert. They should also have experience of working outside of patisserie and be comfortable to switch sections as required.

  • Basic or intermediate Food Hygiene qualifications
  • Catering qualification such as City and Guilds or NVQ level 3 minimum
  • Patisserie and confectionary qualification level 2 (desirable not essential)
  • Allergen training (desirable not essential)

  • Prioritise day to day work routine and work flow
  • Extensive knowledge of food safety
  • Good menu planning
  • Stock rotation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Customer service focus

  • Previous experience of working with all types of desserts - from small quantities of high end through to large volume baking and production
  • Experience of preparing, cooking and serving meals
  • Previously work in all sections of a kitchen - ability to work with and produce savoury dishes

  • Team player
  • Listen to others
  • Flexible
  • Open to changes
  • Positive mental attitude
  • Approachability

Who we are

Cambridge Assessment is Europe's largest assessment group, incorporating three major awarding bodies. It plays a leading role in researching, developing and delivering assessment to eight million candidates in 170 countries every year. The Group is a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Subsidised staff restaurants
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.

We know that diversity of thinking, backgrounds and approaches leads to innovation and creates an atmosphere where everyone's contribution is valued. As well as wanting to create diverse teams, we also value diversity in the way our people approach their work. Work/life balance is important to us at Cambridge Assessment and we offer our colleagues a range of flexible working options according to the needs of the business and the individual, so please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31/03/2019 .

If you're successful at interview stage we will ask you to undergo background screening (carried out by Credence Background Screening Ltd), to ensure that all information provided to us is accurate. We wish you all the very best with your application.


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