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Hospitality Service Assistant
Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Job reference: PSX-019684

Location: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/10/2022

Salary: £17,596 to £18,529 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Cultural Institutions

Division: -

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

Contract Duration: Permanent

School / Directorate: Jodrell Bank

We are seeking to appoint Hospitality Services Assistant to work in Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre’s popular Planet Café and new First Light Cafe. You will play a vital role in the day to day running of our retail cafés.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is one of the University of Manchester's Cultural Institutions and is dedicated to engaging audiences with the science, culture, and history of Jodrell Bank Observatory, the UK’s 32nd UNESCO World Heritage Site, via its extensive exhibitions and award-winning programme of education, events and festivals. The Discovery Centre has approximately 180,000 visitors per year and is open 7 days a week. The First Light Café seats 85 people indoors and 58 people outdoors, Planet Café seats 50 people indoors and 60 people outdoors. 

Key duties include

  1. Cafe, barista and delivered catering services as required
  2. Assisting with food preparation, stock control and storage
  3. Pot washing and table clearing
  4. Maintaining the required standards of professional presentation, safety and hygiene at all times

You will have experience of working in a café environment. Food hygiene and allergen qualifications are essential as well as significant understanding of health & safety relevant to working in a café. You will need to have excellent customer service and communication skills, be a good team worker, and be reliable and flexible.

Vacancies available, either 1 x Full time position @ 35 hours or Part Time positions including .08 @ 28 hours,  .06 @ 21 hours and  .04 @ 14 hours. Shift patterns will vary but will include weekend and Bank holiday work. Due to the requirements of events, there will be occasional early morning and evening work involved with this role.

The Discovery Centre is rurally located, 20 miles south of Manchester, and applicants will need their own means of transportation in order to travel to and from work. ​​​​​​​

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.​​​​​​​

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Amanda Lowdnes, (previously Amanda Labella), Commercial Enterprises Manager


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.