Head of Catering – Hospice, Blackburn, East Lancashire, £25000 -

Head of Catering – Hospice, Blackburn, East Lancashire, £25000

| Job ID: AHHEL | £24000 - £25000 per annum


We are seeking a new Head of Catering to join this team and help take this catering provision to the next level.

Accountable to: Development and Support Services Manager

This East Lancashire Hospice provides a special way of caring for people with a life-limiting illness and their families. We provide meals, snacks and event catering for patients, staff, volunteers and guests to the hospice. Serving around 50-100 people each day

We aim to provide a first-class experience delivering safe, nutritious, delicious, well-presented food that enhances choice and wellbeing and demonstrates value for money. We are seeking a new Head of Catering to join our team and help us take catering provision to the next level.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community and are looking for:

An experienced creative, innovative, proactive and highly skilled professional cook They will be responsible for the quality of food that comes out of a kitchen, from conception to execution and for leading, managing, developing motivating and inspiring our team of catering staff and volunteers.

The ideal candidate will have bags of enthusiasm, possess lots of ideas, be passionate about meeting the needs of all customers and bring a happy vibe to our kitchen. We’ll expect a professional and organised outlook and for you to be calm under pressure. Creative and innovative, without being pretentious. You will have a desire to use fresh quality ingredients to Produce a seasonal, inspiring and innovative menu reflecting a home cooked, bistro style that meets all dietary requirements, provides choice and caters to the identified preferences of our patients, staff, volunteers and guests.

Key responsibilities will include

  • Identifying the needs of patients, families, staff, volunteers and guests
  • Designing a seasonal menu to meet identified needs including specials and options that will enhance the socialisation and well-being of patients and their families such as Picnics, Takeaways, Celebration Cakes, Buffets, Dinner for two etc
  • Setting quality standards in terms of taste, presentation and customer care and working alongside staff on a daily basis, leading by example, setting the pace and ensuring quality standards are met
  • Effective management of the resources within budget including obtaining supplies, stock rotation and waste management
  • Conforming to all health and safety /health and hygiene regulations at all times.
  • Identifying income generation opportunities


In a nutshell, the successful applicant must be able to run a kitchen in its entirety – staffing, supplies, preparation, cooking, and be a hardworking, professional, reliable, able to lead and manage the catering team and work collaboratively with other heads of department.

What we can offer you:

  • Competitive salary – up to £25k plus dependent upon experience
  • A friendly and welcoming work environment where you’ll feel fully involved and valued
  • A relatively free rein to design your own menu to maintain our excellent food reputation
  • Decent working hours –37.5 hours a week with 2 days off a week
  • 27 days holiday a year plus bank holidays
  • The satisfaction you and your team contribute to providing a special way of caring for our patients and their families


All enquiries and any further information regarding the above can be obtained directly from Chefs Jobs UK.

Application forms and Job descriptions are to be completed prior to interviews please contact Amy directly for more details 01254 355666.