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  • YMCA Kirkcaldy - Kitchen Lead

    Created: 30/06/2021

    Post: Kitchen Lead

    Salary: £22,100 per annum

    Hours:  32 per week 

    Contract: Temporary 2 year fixed.

    Location: Kirkcaldy YMCA Gallatown Hub/Kirkcaldy YMCA

    YMCA Kirkcaldy is looking to recruit a Kitchen Lead. The Kitchen Lead will be a member of Kirkcaldy YMCA staff team responsible to The Board of Management, Kirkcaldy YMCA through the General Secretary, Kirkcaldy YMCA.

    About Kirkcaldy YMCA

    Kirkcaldy YMCA is an inclusive Christian youth organisation, open to people of all faiths and none. It works to transform the lives of children and young people, empowering them to create positive change in their lives and communities.

    The mission of Kirkcaldy YMCA is to provide and support quality programmes aimed at physical, social, mental and spiritual development, especially for young people, to enable their development and growth, wholeness and maturity in Christ and contribution to the wider community.

    In achievement of delivery, Kirkcaldy YMCA operates as a vibrant community hub from its bases at the HQ and soon at the new Gallatown Hub facility. Our outreach work for the community benefit of children, young people and families provides a wide range of programmes all year round involving core staff, sessional staff and a large number of volunteers. The programmes are delivered predominately by grant funding.

    Kirkcaldy YMCA has traditionally run lots of different events and offers room hire. Any profits from these activities are returned to the charity to support our volunteering and education programmes. The vision of the Café is to offer an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone to visit and to enjoy a cuppa with some freshly prepared goods whilst connecting with community members and workers to benefit their social, emotional and mental wellbeing. The kitchen and café will provide opportunities for local people to learn catering skills through our community food activities.

    Job Purpose:

    YMCA Kirkcaldy is looking for someone who can lead on community food activities and training and who will also oversee the daily operations of our establishment’s kitchen and staff. As the Kitchen Lead, you will be responsible for ensuring that HACCP House rules and all aspects of food safety are adhered to, with appropriate record-keeping and maintained.

    You will ensure relevant training is undertaken by other kitchen staff and volunteers and support the development of their cooking, baking and food management skills.

    YMCA Kirkcaldy is looking for someone to carry out the role in a manner that ensures that all activities undertaken fully reflect the vision and values of the organisation

    Job Requirements:

    Relevant qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in: 

    • Hospitality: Professional Cookery (SVQ level 3)
    • Hospitality: Supervision and Leadership (SVQ level 3)
    • A minimum of 2 years experience in a similar role
    • In depth knowledge of kitchen health and safety regulations
    • Ability to work well in a stressful and fast paced environment
    • Problem solving and conflict management abilities
    • Work within all systems/procedures of Kirkcaldy YMCA

    Special conditions/ requirements

    • Work outwith normal working hours and/or weekends
    • Post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland clearance

    Job Activities and Responsibilities:

    • To work as part of the small team of Kirkcaldy YMCA within our Gallatown Hub facility, which aims to deliver programs of learning, activity, and safe social spaces.
    • Working in partnership with Development workers to offer community food based activities and training opportunities.
    • In agreement with Kirkcaldy YMCA, price and change menu items as required and being responsible for creating and continually reviewing and developing the café menu and looking at ways to improve the offering and service.
    • All aspects of creating the café menu, delivery of all the food and drinks and serving customers in a timely manner.  
    • Responsible for the smooth running of the Café, including planning and preparing staff rotas. Setting up and clearing down at the end of the day, cashing up, all food hygiene monitoring and recording and ensuring security procedures are fully observed.
    • Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for customers, other staff and volunteers.
    • Overseeing the timely provision of drinks and food to a consistently high standard.
    • Recruit and train kitchen employees and volunteers.
    • Encouraging volunteers and ensuring a positive and collaborative spirit in the team.
    • Assist in ensuring the café becomes a sustainable aspect of our charitable income generation.
    • Follow good financial practice, including cash handling and recording, maintaining weekly and monthly cost reports.

    Job Activities and Responsibilities (continued)

    • Responsible for all activities in the kitchen and its surrounds including cooking, organisation and supervision of food service.
    • Undertake other such duties, appropriate to the job and as may be required from time to time, but without changing the overall purpose of the job.

    For more information, including details on the Person Specification, click here.

    Applicants should e-mail [email protected] or call YMCA Kirkcaldy 01592 645 530 for an application form. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 30 July 2021.




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