Senior Sous Chef

Job Type Customer Service
Location Cookham - Odney Club
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 21/07/2024
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £26,500.00 - £35,000.00 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:

Working pattern- 45 hours per week with straight shifts only, Earliest start time 6 am - latest finish 9.30 pm

Salary -The range is £31,800 to £42,000

Contract type- This position is permanent.

Live-in accommodation is available with this role - Private bedroom with shared bathroom and kitchen - Up to £135 per calendar month


About the role

To work as part of the Kitchen team, assisting the Head Chef in planning, producing, and delivering Hotel food offers – taking responsibility for the kitchen and the team in their absence. To add value to the efficient and profitable running of the kitchen in order to achieve the business and personal objectives, along with those of your team and the clubs.

What you’ll be doing as a Senior Sous Chef

Excellent cooking skills with a strong understanding of produce and ingredients.

Previous experience in a Senior Chef Role in a similar venue.

The ability to write menus that are both creative and profitable.

Excellent leadership skills with experience in developing and leading a team.

Strong communication skills through a variety of means.

Flexible and adaptable, with the ability to stay calm under pressure, adapting your approach to complete routine and non-routine tasks.

Exceptional organization and planning skills through Standard operating procedures. High attention to detail and accuracy – great at managing one’s own time and the time of the team.

Drive self-motivated. Excellent knowledge of kitchen-related legislative requirements/audits.

Hold appropriate professional qualifications for the role and have HACCP knowledge and experience.

As a Senior Sous chef, you will work alongside the Head chef, leading and developing the team to produce exceptional food and service, utilizing seasonal and homegrown produce from our estate's Kitchen Garden.

There is a large well-equipped Kitchen with 2 finishing kitchens across the estate allowing us to cater for Large-scale events and family-friendly smaller events, as well as our day-to-day hotel guests. 

Essential skills you’ll need

●        Food Safety Level 3, Relevant professional chef qualifications: City & Guilds diplomas in professional cookery, BTEC HNC in professional cookery or equivalent

●    Proven experience leading a team in a commercial kitchen environment

Desirable skills you could bring

●    Skilled influencer/ motivator/ coach

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 on 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 its 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 of employment, you will enjoy a 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 -

Attachment: Senior-Sous-Chef-Job-Outline.pdf

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