Residence Chef at The British High Commission

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The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title:  Residence Chef – A1

Job ref.: 04 / 21 LOS
Location:  Lagos
Grade: A1 (L)
Type of Position: Permanent
Working hours per week: 37 hours
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Start Date: 5th April, 2021.
Job Subcategory: Cook / Chef
Job Category: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Residence and Support Staff)

Main Purpose of Job

  • To provide a high-quality culinary experience at the Residence of the British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos as well as wider Residence support as needed.

Roles and Responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve:

  • Lead and manage the kitchen operation for the residence as well as a large number of official events. These range from (in)formal breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, to cocktail receptions, buffet parties, barbeques, seminars, workshops and afternoon teas as well as special events.
  • Responsible for creating innovative and modern menus, and applying culinary trends to prepare food in line with the objectives of each event or occasion
  • Manage food supplies, equipment, and work areas. Build organisation and functionality in kitchen operation. Monitor kitchen hygiene and sanitation practices as well as follow kitchen safety standards. Study the FCDO Health & Safety guidance and apply it in practice, creating and carrying out weekly / monthly cleaning schedules.
  • Collect receipts and related paperwork, ensuring compliance with the embassy’s financial requirements and ethics. Support the Residence Manager in maintaining menu cost records.
  • Liaise with the Residence Manager in the preparation of all official events, ensuring timely and effective delivery through effective communication and directing additional kitchen staff as required.
  • Select and buy the necessary organic and sustainable ingredients for preparing meals. Actively seek out and compare prices of food stock to ensure quality, and value for money.
  • Knowledge of special dietary restrictions and ability to come up with creative alternatives.
  • Negotiate effectively with external vendors and contractors, to ensure that we get excellent value for money.
  • Responsible for budgets, bills and contract staff as relates to catering.
  • The successful candidate may be required to provide wider Residence support e.g. helping with set-up for major events.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  

  • Experience as a professional chef, ideally in an international setting
  • Strong background and track record in preparing modern British/International food
  • Delivering under pressure, on time and with high quality
  • Ability to respond quickly to feedback
  • Readiness to work flexibly, including evenings
  • Be able to work long hours and weekends, where necessary
  • Be a team player
  • Formal culinary training and qualification
  • Good communication, organisational, planning and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent kitchen management and food hygiene control

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Proven experience in successfully catering for big events
  • Experience in pastry / dessert station
  • Able to use a computer especially to write emails, use Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) and search the internet for menus to improve skills
  • Being able to lead a team when catering for larger events
  • Understanding of local seasonal produce
  • Knowledge of local food suppliers

Required competencies:

  • Making Effective Decisions, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

Starting Monthly Salary
NGN 317,764.81

Other benefits and conditions of employment:

  • Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
  • We place a strong emphasis on learning and development.  You will be encouraged to undertake developmental training and get involved in corporate activities.

Working patterns:

  • Conditioned working hours for this role are 37 hours per week. This role requires flexibility to sometimes work outside of conditioned hours, e.g. during Ministerial visits and HC events. Overtime pay will be provided in these circumstances.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Additional Information and Notice

  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa / work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
    • Obtain the relevant permit
    • Pay fees for the permit
    • Make arrangements to relocate
    • Meet the costs to relocation
  • The British Deputy High Commission does not sponsor visas / work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses / partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link:  Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • The British Deputy High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position

Application Deadline   11th March, 2021.