Station Cook - Kingswood

Vacancy details

Cook
 

Based at:  Kingswood Fire Station, Tenniscourt Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 4LB

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 20 hours per week, Monday-Friday 0900 – 1300 hrs

Salary: £9,385 per annum (£17,364 full time equivalent)

Closing Date: Noon on Friday 08 November 2019

We have a vacancy for a Cook at our Fire Station in Kingswood, Bristol.   The role encompass preparing, cooking and serving basic meals, and provide catering for occasional events.

The successful candidate will provide basic wholesome meals and snacks using foodstuffs provided by Station staff, this will normally be breakfasts or lunches but may include leaving food prepared for an evening meal. All food preparation and storage must comply with Food Hygiene Regulations and the Service’s Food Safety Policy. You will also maintain the kitchen and all equipment to a safe and hygienic level, carry out cleaning duties, order cleaning materials, and maintain accurate records during the course of your work. You may occasionally be asked to shop for foodstuffs in the absence of Station staff.

To be considered as an applicant it is essential that you meet the following criteria:-

Previous experience in catering, particularly providing basic, wholesome meals and snacks.

A good understanding of hygiene, food safety requirements and kitchen mananagement

Aware of food allergies generally and able to cater for specific dietary needs.

Possession of a Basic Certificate in Food Hygiene (Level 1) would be advantageous. If not already held, it is a requirement that you undertake training to this level within three months of your start date.
 
How to apply:
 
The job description and application form can be found on our website www.avonfire.gov.uk.  Once you have read the job description please complete the application form telling us how you meet the requirements of the role - tell us how your skills, qualifications and experience match those required for this role, and provide examples wherever you can. The information you give us will assist us in our shortlisting process.
 
Completed applications must be submitted to Human Resources, Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Police & Fire Headquarters, PO Box 37, Valley Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8JJ by the closing date.   Alternatively, you can email your application to hr.admin@avonfire.gov.uk.
 
Late applications will not be accepted.
 
Please quote job reference number 1444 on any communications.  Thank you

Job description

1. Job Purpose

To provide a catering service at a Fire and Rescue Station for employees or visitors to occasional events.

To maintain compliance with Food Hygiene Regulations and the Service’s Food Safety Policy.

2. Background

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) serves the Unitary Authority areas of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with fire stations and office locations in each.  Avon Fire Authority consists of members from the four authorities.  AF&RS’s headquarters is based at Temple Back, Bristol, with area offices in Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yate and Lansdown.

In total, AF&RS has twenty three operational fire stations, serving an area of approximately 133,245 hectares with a population of just over one million. AF&RS employs over 1,100 employees, made up of wholetime and retained duty Firefighters, Control and Support staff.

You will be allocated to work at a particular AF&RS Station in order to provide a catering service to Station personnel.  Occasionally it may be necessary to work at any Station within the local area in order to provide essential catering support.

You are expected to provide basic, wholesome meals and snacks using foodstuffs normally provided by the Mess Manager or other Station personnel.  Whilst the range of meals provided will, of necessity, be limited, it is important that you try to meet the needs of Station personnel as far as is reasonably practical.  This normally comprises breakfasts or lunches and may include leaving food prepared for an evening meals.

3. Main Duties

Prepare, cook and serve basic meals, as required, using foodstuffs provided by the Mess Manager/Station Personnel.

Shop for foodstuffs locally, in emergency situations not able to be covered by Mess Managers or Station personnel, and be reimbursed by petty cash or from Mess Club Funds, as appropriate.

Responsible for maintaining the kitchen and all equipment to a safe and hygienic level, including carrying out cleaning duties in accordance with laid down daily and weekly cleaning schedules, reporting faults and breakdowns as necessary.

Apply good working practices to maintain hygiene within the kitchen, particularly to avoid cross contamination of cooked and raw food, or their contact with food waste or other possible contaminants.

Monitor and record fridge and freezer temperatures and take any necessary remedial action to maintain the safe storage of contents. Report temperatures outside acceptable limits to the Station Manager or line manager.

Monitor and report out-of-date foods to the Station Manager or your line manager, to ensure they are disposed of and not consumed.

Provide basic catering, such as finger buffets, for occasional community safety and other social events held at the Station, as required. Occasionally, where buffets or basic meals are required, you may be asked to purchase the food and be reimbursed via petty cash.                                                       

Where required, purchase in bulk basic consumables for refreshments for the Community Safety Centres and forward to the Centres upon request.

Order cleaning materials and receive and respond to safety data sheets provided.

Maintain good personal hygiene and present for duty wearing clean clothes and in the uniform provided, in order to display best standards of hygiene.

Ensure your Station Manager or your line manager is informed immediately of any illness/infection which could affect hygiene in the kitchen or whilst carrying out catering duties, as set out in the ‘General Guidelines for Persons Involved in the Preparation and Serving of Food’.

Monitor routine ‘deep cleans’ and report any concerns to the Station Manager or line manager.

Ensure food waste, packaging and other waste is disposed of in accordance with Service policy and the requirements of the relevant Local Authority recycling and waste collection arrangements.

Maintain accurate records as required.

General

You must be aware of Health and Safety Regulations in relation to duties and tasks being undertaken and must report any situations or incidents which could be considered hazardous. All employees have a responsibility for their own safety and must not endanger that of colleagues/visitors in the workplace or the public.

Ensure that, both in your dealings with other employees and with members of the public, you adhere to the principles and standards outlined in the Equality and Fairness Policy. You are responsible for making your supervisor aware of literature, language or behaviour that offends against that policy and the dignity of personnel.

Ensure that you perform all duties in accordance with the principles and requirements of Data Protection legislation.

Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be required in relation to a post of this nature, without prejudice to the right to seek a re-evaluation of the post.

This Job Description contains only the main duties and responsibilities for this post and does not describe in detail all the duties required to carry them out.

4. Qualifications & Experience 

Previous experience in catering, particularly providing basic, wholesome meals and snacks, is essential.

Must have a good understanding of hygiene, food safety requirements and kitchen management.

Possession of a Basic Certificate in Food Hygiene (Level 1) would be advantageous.  If not already held, it is a requirement that you undertake training to this level within three months of the start date.

Aware of food allergies generally and able to cater for specific dietary needs of Station personnel.

5. Supervision And Work Planning

You will be under the overall supervision of the Station Manager, or a designated line manager where applicable, but will be expected to maintain regular contact with the Mess Manager for daily requirements.  Foodstuffs will normally be provided by the Mess Manager or other Station Personnel, who will also give guidance on preferred meals/snacks.

You will play a major health and safety role in complying with best practice with regard to the Food Safety Regulations and the Service’s ‘Food Safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Policy Document’.

6. Special Notes Or Conditions (If Applicable)

Although this post is based at a specific location, for efficiency you may be required to work from a different work-base within the local area, for which appropriate allowances will be made available.

You will need to have a flexible approach to your work, as it may be necessary to cater for crews arriving late from incidents, unexpected crews, or to prepare early breakfasts for those attending planned exercises.

You are required to wear AF&RS branded clothing suitable to the type of work you are undertaking, which might include corporate or protective clothing as deemed appropriate by your Station Manager or line manager.

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