Chef de Partie

Job Type Customer Service
Location Cookham - Odney Club
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 21/07/2024
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £24,400.00 - £31,000.00 Annual
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 45

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We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.

Our Purpose

Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

At a glance:

Contract type - This position is permanent.

Salary - The range is £24,400 - £37,000

Hours of work- 45 hours per week with mix of earlies lates and weekends
Earliest start time 6am - latest finish 10pm

Optional Live-In - private bedroom with shared Kitchen and bathroom up to £135 pcm deduction from salary.

What is the role about?

You'll be working as part of our friendly team to ensure the efficient day to day running of the kitchen and to assist in providing a consistently high quality dining experience while maintaining sales, reputation and profit of the kitchen as agreed by the Head Chef and Sous Chef.

You'll add value to the efficient and profitable running of the kitchen in order to achieve your business and personal objectives, along with those of your team and the hotel.

You'll need to be flexible to work in different areas, if required, and adhering to all health and safety requirements at all times.

What you’ll be doing as a Hotels Chef de Partie:

Our Chef de Partie operates as a valued member of our talented and friendly Catering team demonstrating a real passion for food and being motivated to invent, produce and present quality dishes in accordance with our hotel offer.

You’ll also be involved in assisting in the day to day running of the kitchen by producing agreed menus to a high standard, supervising the department when required, providing guidance to the Commis Chef, controlling stock and minimising wastage.

We work to a high standard and as a key part of the team you’ll comply with all food safety policies, procedures and practices as essential when working in catering.

Essential experience, skills and qualifications required:

  • Relevant professional chef qualifications: City & Guilds diplomas in professional cookery, BTEC HNC in professional cookery or equivalent

  • We are looking for someone creative with a professional demeanour who must be able to work under pressure, demonstrating flair and a good palette with experience working in a professional kitchen.

Desirable experience skills and qualifications:

  • City & Guilds 706 1 and 2 or NVQ equivalent.

  • Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2.

  • Good communication skills and computer literate.

To view the job outline:-

Internal Partners- view this folder:-

External candidates- view the Job outline attached to the advert

About Odney:

If you are looking for a hotel with something different and some history to work in, then The Odney Hotel, our Place by the River could be for you. This is a beautiful and unique John Lewis Partnership owned hotel, set in 130 acres by the River Thames in Cookham, Berkshire. It offers both character and charm to our guests. 

The guests can stay in one of 5 beautiful houses on the site, or one of 5 Air bnb’s each maintaining the period look of it’s time with access to the picturesque grounds including a private stretch of river, water gardens, a pool and sports facilities. The main building Lullebrook Manor and it’s grounds are thought to have been the inspiration for the classic novel The Wind in The Willows bringing history along with relaxation.

Relaxation can be further achieved with a visit to our Serenity Therapy suite, offering beauty treatments and massages or afternoon tea on the terrace, a drink in the bar or a meal overlooking the river.

Benefits of the John Lewis Partnership 

  • Full-time working holiday entitlement 22 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays.

  • Free meals whilst on duty for Live-Out roles and free meals for Live-In roles

  • After 3 months employment, you will enjoy 25% discount at John Lewis and 20% in Waitrose (exclusions apply). 

  • The Partnership has a competitive pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay)

  • Enhanced work-life balance, including a focus on well-being, flexible working and our market leading Equal Parenthood Leave Policy

Find out more about the extensive range of exciting benefits that you could enjoy when you join us here

Next Steps:

  • The application form consists of a CV upload followed by application questions. Please ensure you refresh the page each time you complete a task to ensure you complete everything that you need to in time. (If internal, check your Workday notifications and see further guidance on the PDW under "Internal application process").

  • You'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you. 

  • Please note that should we receive a high volume of applicants we reserve the right to close the role early.

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At the John Lewis Partnership, we embrace our differences. We want you to be you. Because, well, we know you're at your best when you're free to be yourself. Being a truly inclusive employer to us means creating an environment which celebrates your contribution, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion or belief. It's why we've set our own aim to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners (employees) and our customers. We firmly believe that our future success lies in diversity of thought from all Partners and it's integral in our mission to build a happier world. We welcome applications from everyone interested in working for us. And, once you're a Partner, your differences will make all the difference. Find out more about D&I in the Partnership here -

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