Position: Regional Catering Manager 

Salary: £45,000 to £50,000

Location: Epsom – with travel to multiple sites across London and the Home Counties

Hours: 40

Company Car

Annual Performance Bonus

Reports to: Head of Facilities Management



Working at Fennies is about loving what you do and having the passion to be the best at it!


If you’re an inspirational individual with a passion for providing ‘the right start for under 5s,’ then you belong at Fennies. We’ve been excelling in early years since 1992, and we’re opening new nurseries every year. We don’t acquire existing nurseries, so each of our settings is Fennies through and through, from our exceptional culture to our bespoke rooms. From day one, you’ll be supported by our tailored induction, and you’ll be given every opportunity to grow and develop in your career with guidance from the Fennies Academy.     


Apply today to join our prestigious, family-run, award-winning nursery group. 


We are looking for an Experienced Catering Manager being sourced to head up the team of chefs and kitchen assistants within a High-end Early year’s company.


Reporting to the Head of Facilities Management, you will be responsible for the day-to-day catering operations, quality of food served, budget control and performance of the team.


Outline Person


  • The right candidate with have worked in kitchens or come from a hospitality background with a proved record of leading large successful teams.
  • Providing a hands-on and a ‘lead by example’ approach wherever required to train staff, assist colleagues, and carry out duties. Happy to roll up your sleeves and put In a shift In the kitchen.
  • Excellent communication and Interpersonal skills – Ability to engage with staff and suppliers to get results across many mediums in a range of diverse environments.
  • Organised with and strong levels of time management – Must be able to evaluate and prioritise given conflicting workload and events In the commercial grade kitchens
  • Commercial acumen and awareness of how Catering and Educational Businesses are structured.
  • Strong level of IT competence
  • Knowledge of food standards, food Hygiene, hazard analysis, critical control, care plans and food preparation
  • Attention to detail.


Staff Management & Recruitment


  • Daily management of staff rotas and bank support network
  • Management of Sickness, Holiday and covering shifts in live time to ensure dietary requirements are met daily.
  • Performance and Absence Management In general
  • Developing and sustaining a culture of excellent customer service through feedback, training, and quality standards.
  • Work with our Recruitment and Admissions team to ensure permanent and bank vacancies are planned for and demand met.
  • Induct and train staff members to the expected standards – Ensuring staff undertake regular periodic training In line with the companies’ mandatory packages.


Quality, Auditing & Administration


  • To attend sites and undertake formal Inspections and audits on the full catering piece being offered.
  • Drive the quality of the team with training, support, and regular site visits. Keep the team engaged and working to consistent levels of food delivery.
  • Monitor near misses and allergen breaches – Read trends, follow performance management processes to mitigate risk.
  • Ensure that Kitchen Manuals are kept In good order – High levels of administration and archiving In line with company process.
  • Review and renew regulatory requirements, posters, and insurances.
  • Produce reports and analytics to feed back to the business.


Budgets, Ordering & Menus


  • To work with the Senior Management team and external nutritional experts to plan, review and adapt seasonal menus.
  • Strategise and proactively look for ways to reduce cost but maintain or improve the quality of the meals we provide.
  • Monitor and authorise food and beverage spend through our existing platform. Monitor stock and wastage at site level.



Health, Safety & Maintenance


  • Aware of COSHH and the materials that can be used within the catering environments.
  • Review Risk Assessments and undertake tall box talks.
  • Work with stakeholders to ensure that we have hygienic and fully functioning kitchens.
  • Drive standards and ensure that External reviews by the EHO receive 5 Star ratings


We have:      


  • Competitive salaries that match or exceed our competitors, pension scheme, staff discount for signing your children up to Fennies   
  • Well-being benefits, such as up to 38 days of annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays), cycle to work scheme, team incentives, and events   
  • First Aid training and DBS check free of charge  
  • The Fennies Fresh Café provides an option of 3 free lunches served each day in our bespoke staff rooms, where you can relax   
  • Referral bonus of £500 for every friend or family member who joins the Fennies family as a full-time employee  
  • Annual performance bonus 


The job description Is not exhaustive and there will be other elements required to meet the demand of the business.


Love the sound of working with Fennies? Join us today!


‘Fennies Nurseries is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore all successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced criminal record check and proof of identity will be required’


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