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We listen. We innovate. We serve.

There’s no doubt in our minds that our people help to make the difference to your service every day. We believe in inspiring and motivating our people to outperform your expectations. Our passionate and committed teams always work hard to ensure we deliver on the promises made to our clients, we never stop looking at new ways to excite and educate through our fresh food.

Our commitment and perseverance keep us focused, impassioned, fresh and a company people want to work with and for.

The key team

Mike Bond
Director
Kate Rolland
Head of Business Development
Eloisa Cackett
Head of Operations
Danny Graham
Development Chef

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Current Opportunities

Today

Chef Manager, Cheltenham

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

We are looking for the perfect candidate to take on the coveted position of Chef Manager at one of our prestigious Independent Preparatory schools, Berkhampstead School in Cheltenham. Berkhampstead School is an independent day school for approximately 275 boys and girls aged 3 to 11 and is situated in leafy Pittville Circus, Cheltenham.

They have been educating children since 1945 and are proud to have a happy and genuinely caring environment where all can excel. We need a Chef Manager who can deliver the same caring and inclusive ethos within the catering department. As Chef Manager you will have full responsibility for the catering department and will lead the team in delivering freshly produced lunches for the pupils and school staff as well as the day nursery which operates Mon – Fri, 52 weeks a year. There will also be a requirement for delivering various hospitality requests for meetings, events at sports teas. Within this role, your key focus will be delivering the highest quality of food and service for our pupils and ensuring that the catering offer is exciting and innovative through the development of your team and continuous review and improvement.

Details of the position

  • Monday to Friday (occasional weekend availability required for open days etc)
  • 40 hours per week
  • 52 weeks per year with four weeks paid holiday, plus bank holidays.
  • £35,000 per annum

Benefits

  • The opportunity to work within the friendly and inviting setting of this prestigious school
  • Great work life balance
  • Meals provided whilst at work
  • Life Assurance
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Personal training and development plan
  • Opportunities for progression within a growing company

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead, develop, coach, train, and inspire your team
  • Build and maintain a professional and friendly relationship with school staff and pupils to deliver a true partnership with Berkhampstead School
  • Ensure consistency of food and service standards
  • Deliver added value events such as theme days, tasting tables to make the food offer exciting and encourage meal uptake
  • Manage the school’s catering budget while ensuring the best quality of service and food offer
  • Liaise with the school and pupils to ensure we are delivering on and where possible, exceeding expectations
  • Oversee the kitchen and menu development
  • Deliver exceptional food and customer service
  • Maintain company systems & procedures, and legislation

Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent craft skills with a genuine love of food
  • Understanding of nutrition and healthy eating
  • A flair for food presentation and an understanding of current food trends
  • A real people person who will immerse themselves in the culture of both the school and Palmer & Howells and drive our values within the catering team
  • Knowledge of health and safety management
  • Financial understanding of cost controls and waste management
  • Previous experience managing a team in a similar setting

At Palmer & Howells our passion for high standards, superb food, imaginative menus and accurate accounting is how we manage our business. With over twenty years’ experience managing catering in the independent education sector we are passionate about creating an environment that exceeds our customer and client expectations.
We expect all staff to share our commitment of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/young people and an enhanced DBS disclosure will be sought by the company.

Palmer & Howells is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, along with their protection. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with employers and the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS)
Today

Chef Manager, Cheltenham

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

We are looking for the perfect candidate to take on the coveted position of Chef Manager at one of our prestigious Independent Preparatory schools, Dean Close School in Cheltenham. Dean Close Preparatory School is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 7 – 13. The school is set in 50 acres of private land near the centre of Cheltenham. With 310 pupils, the Preparatory School is small enough to allow everyone to know one another and get fully involved in the life of the School and we need a Chef Manager who can deliver the same personal approach.

Reporting into the General Manager, you will have day to day responsibility for the catering team at the Prep school and will lead the team in delivering freshly produced lunches for both the children and school staff. There will also be a requirement for delivering various hospitality requests for match teas, meetings and events. Within this role, your key focus will be delivering the highest quality of food and service for our pupils and ensuring that the catering offer is exciting and innovative through the development of your team and continuous review and improvement.


Details of the position

  • Five days out of seven
  • 40 hours per week
  • 43 working weeks per year (term time plus additional availability to support holiday lets at The Senior school)
  • Up to £38,000 per annum

Benefits

  • The opportunity to work within the friendly and inviting setting of this prestigious school
  • Meals provided whilst at work
  • Life Assurance
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Time off during school holidays
  • Personal training and development plan
  • Opportunities for progression within a growing company

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead, develop, coach, train, and inspire your team
  • Build and maintain a professional and friendly relationship with school staff and pupils to deliver a true partnership with Dean Close Preparatory School
  • Ensure consistency of food and service standards
  • Deliver added value events such as theme days, tasting tables to make the food offer exciting and encourage meal uptake
  • Manage the school’s catering budget while ensuring the best quality of service and food offer
  • Liaise with the school and pupils to ensure we are delivering on and where possible, exceeding expectations
  • Oversee the main kitchen and menu development
  • Deliver exceptional customer service
  • Maintain company systems & procedures, and legislation

Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent craft skills with a genuine love of food
  • Understanding of nutrition and healthy eating
  • A flair for food presentation and an understanding of current food trends
  • A real people person who will immerse themselves in the culture of both the school and Palmer & Howells and drive our values within the catering team
  • Knowledge of health and safety management
  • Financial understanding of cost controls and waste management
  • Previous experience managing a team in a similar setting

At Palmer & Howells our passion for high standards, superb food, imaginative menus and accurate accounting is how we manage our business. With over twenty years’ experience managing catering in the independent education sector we are passionate about creating an environment that exceeds our customer and client expectations.
We expect all staff to share our commitment of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/young people and an enhanced DBS disclosure will be sought by the company.

Palmer & Howells is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, along with their protection. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with employers and the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS)
Today

Chef Manager, Solihull

Solihull, West Midlands

We are looking for the perfect candidate to take on the coveted position of Chef Manager at one of our prestigious Independent Preparatory schools, Ruckleigh School in Solihull. Founded in 1909, the school is a co-educational, independent day school catering for children aged between three and eleven years. Ruckleigh is a magical place, where academics, imagination, and fun combine to create a truly unique educational environment and we need a Chef Manager who can deliver the same ethos and values within the Catering Department.
As Chef Manager you will have full responsibility for the catering department and will lead the team in delivering freshly produced lunches for around 230 children as well as the school staff. There will also be a requirement for delivering various hospitality requests for meetings and events. Within this role, your key focus will be delivering the highest quality of food and service for our pupils and ensuring that the catering offer is exciting and innovative through the development of your team and continuous review and improvement.

Details of the position

  • Monday to Friday, 7:00am-15:00pm
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • 40 weeks per year
  • 4.3 weeks holiday entitlement
  • Circa £30,000 per annum


Benefits

  • The opportunity to contribute to the pastoral care of Ruckleigh’s pupils within the friendly and inviting setting of this prestigious school
  • Meals provided whilst at work
  • Life Assurance
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Personal training and development plan
  • Opportunities for progression within a growing company
  • Autonomy and support to manage and develop the catering offer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead, develop, coach, train, and inspire your team
  • Build and maintain a professional and friendly relationship with school staff and pupils to deliver a true partnership with Ruckleigh School
  • Ensure consistency of food and service standards
  • Deliver added value events such as theme days, tasting tables to make the food offer exciting and encourage meal uptake
  • Manage the school’s catering budget while ensuring the best quality of service and food offer
  • Liaise with the school and students to ensure we are delivering on and where possible, exceeding expectations
  • Oversee the main kitchen and menu development
  • Deliver exceptional customer service
  • Maintain company systems & procedures, and legislation

Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent craft skills with a genuine love of food
  • Understanding of nutrition and healthy eating
  • A flair for food presentation
  • A real people person who will immerse themselves in the culture of both the school and P&H and drive our values within the catering team
  • Knowledge of health and safety management
  • Financial understanding of cost controls and waste management
  • Previous experience managing a team in a similar setting

At Palmer & Howells our passion for high standards, superb food, imaginative menus and accurate accounting is how we manage our business. With over twenty years’ experience managing catering in the independent education sector we are passionate about creating an environment that exceeds our customer and client expectations.
We expect all staff to share our commitment of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/young people and an enhanced DBS disclosure will be sought by the company.

Palmer & Howells is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, along with their protection. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with employers and the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS)
Today

General Catering Manager, Wellington

Wellington, Somerset

We are looking for the perfect candidate to take on the coveted position of General Manager at one of our prestigious Independent boarding schools, Wellington School, Wellington. Founded in 1837, the school is a co-educational, independent day school catering for children aged between three and eighteen years old.


As General Manager you will have full responsibility for the catering department and will lead the team in delivering freshly produced meals for around 800 children and 150 school staff across the Senior and Preparatory schools. Services include breakfast, lunch and supper as well as extensive hospitality and events.
Within this role, your key focus will be delivering the highest quality of food and service for our pupils and ensuring that the catering offer is exciting and innovative through the development of your team and continuous review and improvement. This is a seven-day operation so the successful candidate will need to be flexible within their approach to working patterns so as to be able to assure quality and consistency of the catering offer across all services.


Details of the position

  • Predominantly Mon-fri with weekends as required by the business
  • 40 hours per week (as required by the business)
  • 52 weeks per year
  • Up to £55,000 per annum

Benefits

  • The opportunity to work at this prestigious school, in an Area of Natural Beauty
  • Meals provided whilst at work
  • Life Assurance
  • Annual pay reviews
  • Personal training and development plan
  • Opportunities for progression within a growing company
  • Autonomy and support to manage and develop the catering offer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic responsibility for the growth and development of the catering contract
  • Financial and operational reporting on a monthly and quarterly basis
  • Lead, develop, coach, train, and inspire your team to deliver excellence
  • Build and maintain a professional and friendly relationship with school staff and pupils to deliver a true partnership with Wellington School
  • Continuous review and improvement to ensure that the catering offer is fresh and innovative
  • Deliver added value events such as theme days, tasting tables to make the food offer exciting and encourage pupil engagement.
  • Manage the school’s catering budget while ensuring the best quality of service and food offer
  • Liaise with the school and pupils to ensure we are delivering on and where possible, exceeding expectations
  • Oversee a team of approximately forty staff across two sites.
  • Deliver exceptional customer service
  • Maintain company systems & procedures, and legislation

Ideal Candidate

  • Experience of managing teams of forty or upwards
  • Experience of managing a seven day operation
  • Excellent people management skills with an aptitude for developing your team
  • Understanding of nutrition and healthy eating, with a real passion for food
  • An understanding of current food trends and a flair for “what looks good”
  • A real people person who will immerse themselves in the culture of both the school and Palmer & Howells and drive our values within the catering team
  • Knowledge of health and safety management
  • Financial acumen and experience of setting and management of budgets.

At Palmer & Howells our passion for high standards, superb food, imaginative menus and accurate accounting is how we manage our business. With over twenty years’ experience managing catering in the independent education sector we are passionate about creating an environment that exceeds our customer and client expectations.


We expect all staff to share our commitment of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/young people and an enhanced DBS disclosure will be sought by the company.

Palmer & Howells is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, along with their protection. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with employers and the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS)
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