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Deputy Catering and Event Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Join our dynamic team at Yarm School as the Deputy Catering and Events Manager, where innovation meets tradition in the heart of our esteemed educational community. 

This unique role offers the opportunity to shape unforgettable experiences, supporting a wide range of events and catering services that extend beyond the traditional Monday to Friday routine. With a schedule spanning 52 weeks and accommodating school holidays, evenings, and weekends, you'll have the chance to exhibit your versatility and commitment to excellence. Whether it's managing intricate events or leading our dedicated catering team, your role will be pivotal in upholding our reputation for first-class hospitality and service. 

If you're passionate about creating memorable moments and thrive in a flexible, dynamic environment, we invite you to bring your expertise and enthusiasm to our school, where every event is an opportunity to excel.

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. This role will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.  

What you’ll do:
  • To deliver a front to back first-class hospitality experience to all Yarm School stakeholders, both internal and external to the clients satisfaction and maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the school.
  • Taking full accountability and be the point of contact for all hospitality events , including the people and operations within it for internal and external events.
  • Ensuring all customers, pupils and staff have a first class experience, with prompt and efficient service; ensuring expectations are consistently exceeded.
  • To be very service focussed and driven with demonstrable impeccable standards and aligned to Sodexo policies.
  • To support the Catering Manager and Head Chef in the day to day core food service offer to include main dining room, 6th Form and Bistro
  • To plan for success by concentrating on attention to detail of both standards and service
For a full list of responsibilities please view the attached job description 
What you bring:
  • Education and/or hotel/event experience
  • Strong level of literacy and numeracy
  • Experienced leader who has operated in a similar large scale environment.
  • Experience of managing an overall budget with diverse functional components (i.e. catering, retail, and hospitality.)
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Clear and effective leadership style
  • Ability to analyse problems analytically, develop opportunities and implement innovative solutions and approaches.
  • Strong ability to increase individual effectiveness through leadership, motivation, communication, coaching and training.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • PC and software literate
  • Strong ability to build professional partnerships and communicate at all levels, particularly at senior client levels
  • Flexible approach to role
  • Hold a personal driving license
  • Contract catering experience
  • Relevant higher-level qualification in functional specialties (i.e. catering, facilities management)
  • Experience of managing a large team
  • Knowledge of Safer Recruitment and working in educational establishments

What we offer: 
Working with Sodexo is more than a job; it’s a chance to be part of something greater. You’ll belong in a company and team that values you for you; you’ll act with purpose and have an impact through your everyday actions; and you’ll be able to thrive in your own way. In addition, we offer:
  • Flexible and dynamic work environment
  • Competitive compensation
  • Access to ongoing training and development programs
  • Countless opportunities to grow within the company

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