Kitchen Assistant, The Leckford Farm Shop & Cafe

Job Type Customer Service
Location Stockbridge - Leckford Estate
Partnership Level 10
Closing Date 25/09/2021
Vacancy Type Temporary
Salary £18,843.77 - £21,835.17
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 39 5 days per week - start & finish times vary from 7am - 5.30pm - Every other weekend off


Nestled in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, you’ll find a very unique part of our business. Since 1929, Leckford Estate and Farm has served as a diverse commercial business, spanning property, food production and farming, retail and leisure activities. There is a huge variety to offer here and our Partners all work together to make it the success it is today. 

What will I be doing?

As a Kitchen Assistant in our Farm Shop, you’ll assist the chefs in basic food preparation and service. 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, controlling stock and minimising wastage.

We pride ourselves in our high standards and so, as a key part of the team, you’ll need to comply with all food safety policies, procedures and practices all of which are essential when working in catering.

Will I receive any training?

When joining our team at Leckford, you’ll be well looked after. Our supportive Partners will provide on-going training which will help you succeed and excel in the role. There will also be opportunities for you to progress throughout the kitchen as you develop your new skills.

Why else will I love working at Leckford?

Other than the beautiful surroundings and our friendly team, there are many other reasons to work for us in Leckford. Take a look at our interactive video to learn more about the Estate and why our current Partners love working here. Click here


After completion of Earning Membership you’ll be entitled to the incredible benefits the Partnership has to offer, including;

  • 20% Discount at Waitrose & Partners on majority of goods

  • 25% Discount at John Lewis & Partners on majority of goods

  • 12% Discount at john Lewis & Partners on electrical & white goods 

  • Defined contribution pension scheme and Life Assurance (4x annual salary)

  • 22 days paid holiday per year, increasing to 25 after 5-years service. 

Work-Life balance

We also understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance. Other benefits include;

  • Discounted holidays at our exclusive Partnerships hotels

  • VIP suites with discounted tickets at the O2 arena

  • Generous discounts at numerous restaurants and bars

  • Exclusive days out for Partners and their families

More about the role…

Other responsibilities for our Kitchen Assistants include;

  • Preparing basic menu items

  • Assisting Head Chef and Second Chef in breakfast and lunch service

  • Following food hygiene and partnership guidelines in regards to food safety

  • Completing necessary daily and weekly paperwork to

  • Maintaining a clean and organized kitchen environment

  • Working alongside front of house partners to keep a clean and tidy environment

Desirable Experience/Qualifications

  • Previous kitchen experience

  • Level 2 Food Hygiene (training can be given for this)

What else can you bring?

  • Ability to create dishes from a seasonal range of ingredients

Additional Information

We have a number of different ways to work flexibly so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, it may open the door to not only a new role but a new way of working.

Please review the advertised working hours and contract length to be certain that you can commit to these or we may not be able to progress your application.

Please consider the following when making your application:

- We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply early.

- Print off the job description now if you require it.

- Ensure you have an up-to-date CV.

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We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here -

Attachment: Kitchen Assistant Job outline.docx 


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