Every one of the people who have worked with us have had great qualities in common – mainly that they’re all great with people, brilliant at what they do – and have their own stories to tell. When we’re looking for someone to join the team, we’re after those qualities. We offer competitive rates of pay, a lovely environment to work in and a lot of free meatballs.

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Kitchen Manager – ScandiKitchen Cafe

Assistant Manager – ScandiKitchen Cafe

Kitchen Manager

We have been based in Central London since 2007 and we’re a super busy Scandinavian lunch time café and deli. Lots of magic happens in our kitchen. Every day, the Kitchen Angels magic up lots of beautiful open sandwiches, amazing fresh seasonal salads and bake lovely cakes and buns.

We’re looking for that special someone to join the team and take an active day-to-day and longer term focus and role in the management of our kitchen team. This used to be Bronte’s job back in the day, then it was Rebekka’s (she is still with us, running things at StockHome). It’s a great job for a manager with good food skills who knows how to run a team and to make nice food in a professional environment.

The duties include:

  • Day to day preparation of food for the café – open sandwiches, salads, cakes, breakfast, specials and more.
  • Operationally manage the team in the kitchen (we’re a small but efficient team of 3 full timers) – and design daily lists and operational methods.
  • Oversee all Kitchen H&S and Food safety and be responsible for this being above and beyond what is required. That kitchen is always clean.
  • Oversee daily orderings, issues and operational matters
  • Responsible for Catering planning – menu, some sales and the execution of catering orders both on and off site
  • Menu planning for weeks ahead – and look after basic costings for café food
  • Assist with planning menu for additional business opportunities, planned for… we can’t tell you any more than that. There are plans in the pipeline. You can be part of those, too – and there is scope for this role to grow.
  • Everybody on the team works 5 out of 7 days a week – and we swap weekends, so everybody does his or her fair share. We are mostly day-time only (except when there is catering) – and you will work full time.

Required experiences and skills

  • You love food – and you know what we mean by that, because, well, you do.
  • Minimum 1 year of working in a professional kitchen environment. While we are happy to consider someone not of a traditional kitchen background or chef background, we absolutely insist you have some practical experience of working in a professional kitchen.
  • Experience of managing people
  • Experience and exposure of some budgetary work, costings or similar financial knowledge. We’re not talking high level, just enough to understand how we need to operate a kitchen that is minimal waste, highest quality for what we do and at solid profitability.
  • Food Hygiene and H&S knowledge is solid (if you are not from the UK, we will take you through local exams, but we need evidence of previous paperwork)
  • You’re not scared of hard work. You get your hands dirty and you are part of the team, not just a manager who swans around delegating. We want someone who inspires and manages, but mucks in daily, too.
  • You’re not the type of chef who shouts at people. We work on instant feedback – but fair and calm.
  • You’re honest, kind and get on well with others.
  • Ideally, you have a background knowledge of Scandinavian food – but this is not essential. We do require fluent English. Knowledge of a Nordic language is helpful.
  • Permission to work and live in the UK

The role is salaried monthly (according to experience), and we offer private healthcare insurance after 3 months. We operate a nice working environment and try to be as fair as we can with schedules so we all get a good work/life balance. You’ll also have access to a lot of meatballs.

The role starts 15th August (+/-). We would like to start interviews before 26th July, so do let in touch – the role will be advertised until we find The One.

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Assistant Manager

We’re ScandiKitchen and we’re a nice cafe/deli near Oxford Circus. We’re a primarily lunch time café and we serve food to ex-pat Scandies and locals alike – lots of open sandwiches, salads, meatballs and cakes.

We are looking for a new Assistant Manager for our café to start now.

This role is primarily about people management on a day to day basis. You will work closely with our Café Manager Live to ensure the daily shifts are run smoothly and our customers and team are well looked after. You will also be very active on the coffee side of things (we have a nice Linea 2 group and we serve Monmouth Coffee).

Essential stuff:

  • You have good management experience
  • You have experience of working in a café/restaurant environment on a snr supervisor level (or relevant management experience from elsewhere)
  • You make really nice coffee. You care deeply about the coffee and how to make it.
  • You have brilliant interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Proactive – you get on with things, you have common sense. You think on your feet, you don’t stand still, you get stuff done. You motivate people around you to do better.
  • Logic and problem solving skills are top.
  • Above all, you’re a team player and you know how to push your team to be the best it can be.
  • Great spoken and written English.

Good to have:

• A Scandinavian language or knowledge of a Scandi language. Not essential, but a connection to our Northern lands, in some form, is an advantage.
• Passionate promoter of all things Hygge and Fika.
• Any extra experience or knowledge of retail and merchandising is a definite plus.
• You can stand ABBA on repeat. In fact, you welcome Dancing Queen at 8 am.

The cafe is open daily, so the shifts are either open (7:30 start) or closing (latest finish is 20:00). We are open 7 days a week, so there is some weekend work, too. This role is full time and is expected to start now and continue on a permanent basis (minimum commitment time is 6 months).

The pay is in line with experience.

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