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Anderson High School Halls of Residence North Loch Drive Lerwick, ZE1 0GR
£29,945 - £33,555.33 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

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The Head Cook is responsible for all activities in a large kitchen and its surrounds connected with the provision of a catering service.

Duties will include:

  • Skilled cooking activities connected with the full range of meals
  • Menu planning – incorporating and ensuring that the Nutritional Standards required by the authority are implemented.
  • Food preparation and cooking, and the provision of special dietary meals where appropriate, and the provision of meals on wheels if required.
  • Operating within pre-set budgets, implementing portion control, purchasing and stock control.
  • Operational control of service point including transported meals as appropriate
  • The direction and/or line management of other employees (including allocation of duties, work rotas and on the job training as appropriate)
  • Ensuring the implementation of the ‘Food Safety’ policy through the implementation of hygiene standards and health and safety in the kitchen.
  • Ensuring that the catering equipment is maintained by reporting faults as they occur.
  • Administrative duties including the completion of timesheets, ordering of supplies, purchase orders, ‘cook safe’ record keeping including temperature monitoring, and the completion of an electronic stock book.
  • Absence Management – maintaining absence records, informing the Catering Manger when return to work interviews are required and undertaking them as appropriate.
  • To receive and also undertake ‘supervision’ as part of the staff personal development plan
  • Liaise confidently with Head Teachers, Health Professionals, Parents & suppliers on matters relating to the provision of the school meals and implement systems/changes accordingly..
  • Assist with the development and implementation of school meal related initiatives.

This vacancy is being advertised as a Career Graded post, which is a career development opportunity. This means that the Council is committed to supporting the successful candidate to obtain the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to become fully competent in the role. Please see the Career Grade documentattached to this advert that outlines the entry level requirements for the job and the expected career progression route. The successful candidate will be supported to become fully competent in the role and progress through the career grade. Where there is a requirement to achieve a qualification, this will be fully funded by the Council.

More detail is provided in the Job Profile, Person Specification and Conditions of Service Summary attached to the bottom of this advert,




Additional Information

  • The grade of this post is G/H
  • This post is career graded - your salary and career progression will depend on your experience and qualifications
  • Salary shown in the advert is inclusive of Distant Islands Allowance of £2,742 per annum (pro rata)
  • Permanent Full Time post for 37.0 Hours per Week , 39 weeks per year plus 6.24 weeks (pro rata) paid holiday to be taken during school holidays
  • Preferred candidates will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update prior to a formal offer of employment being made
  • A relocation package does not apply to this post
  • We will pay interview expenses from within Shetland
  • We are happy to talk flexible working

During the application process you are required to give the names of two persons not related to you, who we can contact to provide a reference to support your application.

This post is based at Anderson High School - Halls of Residence, Lerwick, Shetland

For further details relating to this post, please contact: Nick McCaffrey, Team Leader, Tel - 01595 745920, Email -

If you have a disability which prevents you from applying online, please call 01595 744032.

Information about Shetland

Shetland is an archipelago in the north of the British Isles where you'll find freedom, wildlife and wild beauty, but also a rich culture and dynamic, forward-looking society. The Islands have a thriving and diverse economy full of opportunities and offer residents the ideal work/life balance. Shetland combines stunning coastal landscapes and wide open spaces with friendly, bustling island communities. Factor in Shetland's impressive modern amenities, highly regarded schools and the Islands offer a work life balance rarely found elsewhere.

Find out more about:

Living and working in Shetland: here

The Shetland Islands Council: here


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