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Job Req ID:  129101
Posting Start Date:  12-Sep-2021

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, GB, ST14 8XR

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Advertisement: 


HMP Dovegate, Uttoxeter, ST14 8XR

Salary: £23,282

Permanent, Full-time, 40 Hrs


Here at Serco, we are looking for an experienced Chef to join us at HMP Dovegate, Uttoxeter to work within the residential function. As part of your role, you will carry out catering and related services for prisoners and staff as directed by the Catering Manager & Senior Management.


You will assist the Catering Manager and Chef Supervisor in the delivery of catering services to the whole establishment and comply with all relevant Health & Safety and Food Safety Regulations, legislation, and guidelines. You will provide varied and healthy menus for residents to include special diets, special events and religious events whilst also keeping abreast of trends and developments in the catering industry such as menus, consumer tastes and continual food safety updates.


This is a varied chef role and is part supervision of prisoners and part hands on, with a chance to become involved in teaching and gaining qualifications. Predominately a 4-day week with weekend working as part of this pattern, this is a great chef role that gives a fantastic work/life balance.


What you will need to do the role:


In order to carry out this role successfully, you must have good interpersonal & communication skills both written and verbally, as well as the ability to think quickly and react to different situations. You will have good recent, hands on working experience as a Chef in a large catering operation (1000+) or a similar custodial environment with experience supervising staff or workers and be physically capable of working a 10-hour shift in a busy demanding kitchen. You will also have the following qualifications:


  • Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 or equivalent GCSE.

  • City & Guilds 706/1 & 2 or equivalent NVQ or similar in Food Preparation and Production


Prior knowledge of the following is required, and you will be expected to complete this training as part of your induction process:


  • Food Safety Level 3

  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Level 3

  • Allergen Control within Catering Level 2


A key part of this role is to be able to demonstrate resilience, with a basic understanding of both conflict resolution & de-escalation and risk & conflict management. If you enjoy engaging with people and have strong interpersonal skills, this is a fantastic opportunity to work in a people-centred environment and ensure a positive experience as part of the rehabilitation of prisoners.


Why Serco:


Meaningful and vital work - The nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters – delivering essential services that touch people’s lives


A world of opportunity - Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You’ll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.


Great people - We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You’ll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment. 


What we offer:


  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme

  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • A safe and supportive culture

  • The chance to make a positive difference to the prison and court systems

  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion

  • Serco Benefits package

  • On site gym for use while on duty



About Serco


At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 




Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 


We’re a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.


Serco supports fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the ‘Ban the Box’ pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required).

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