Vacancy Summary

Trust Catering Manager, Nurture Academies Trust

Location: Bradford and Keighley

Contract: Permanent, all year round

Salary: PO1, SCP 27-30 (£31,346 - £33,782) 

To start: ASAP

Vacancy Information

Trust Catering Manager

Nurture Academies Trust comprises of six primary schools across the Bradford area. Our Board are seeking to appoint an experienced Trust Catering Manager to oversee the work of our Kitchen Managers and their teams. You will lead the provision of an enjoyable, responsive and professional catering service, whilst ensuring that the Trust meets statutory requirements for food standards and health & safety.

The Successful Candidate Will:

  • Take the lead on bringing the Trust catering service in-house, nurturing and enthusing existing kitchen staff as part of our wider school teams, and ensuring investment in their professional development
  • Devise fresh, healthy, filling and delicious menus that respond to local tastes, liaising with Kitchen Managers and our schools
  • Work to keep the cost of meals down for our parents, and no higher than that of other local schools
  • Understand and work to financial budgets, supported by our Finance Team, to ensure that expenditure on our catering service remains economical in relation to our income
  • Run an efficient and effective service supported at a local level by our School Business Managers, actively seeking the views of the entire customer range to ensure the most appropriate service provision at all times
  • Communicate clearly and diplomatically with colleagues, staff and customers at all levels and make decisions relating to the catering service
  • Be able to travel between our sites in Bradford and Keighley as required

Experience/Qualifications/Personal Skills Required:

  • A Supervisory Food Safety Qualification, and ideally a Supervisory Health and Safety Qualification
  • An NVQ in Professional Cookery/Food Production and Cooking or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of school catering is not essential, however the ideal candidate should have experience of dealing with multi-site catering services, procurement, budgets, and managing a team
  • You will be passionate in your belief that every child can and should succeed and understand the part that your role plays in this

Training and support will be provided, as will opportunities for continuous professional development

Application packs can be downloaded from Nurture Academies Trust website at For further information or a confidential discussion about the role, please contact our Chief Financial Officer, Ailsa Hoyland on 07718 281673, or e-mail

Closing date: Midday, Wednesday 20th January 2021

Interviews: Week Commencing 25th january 2021

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and all posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check. Proof of eligibility to work in the UK will be required. Please note that CV’s are not accepted for this post

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