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Catering Lead
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/483/18806
  • Published: Thu 02/12/2021, 11:35 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 09/01/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £21,943 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Dorking

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Catering Lead

The starting salary for this role is £21,943 per annum for a 36 hour working week, however part time opportunities are also available. 

This is a fantastic catering role, working for one of Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development’s (SOLD) beautiful outdoor activity centres. High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre is near Dorking in a stunning woodland location. 

We are seeking full-time or part-time people with catering experience to lead shifts in the kitchen. It will be a very hands-on role; preparing and cooking fresh, healthy meal options for visitors to the centre.

The role is varied, requiring good organisational skills, sound catering knowledge and experience in a busy kitchen. You will lead the team, preparing, cooking and serving our guests who range from school children through to adult groups.

The day is always different, so adaptability is key to meet the ranging needs of our visitors and groups, providing tasty, quality food with a smile!

From time to time, we also deliver themed events which require cooking/BBQing delicious meals outdoors and creating menus to suit different occasions.


  • Leading kitchen shifts
  • Ordering produce from local and national suppliers
  • Menu planning
  • Stock control
  • Staff training


  • Hold or are working towards Food Hygiene L3
  • A craft qualification of NVQ Level 2 or above
  • Excellent planning and time management skills
  • Catering experience for a wide range of needs

If you have catering experience that varies across a wide range of needs and you can lead positively from the front with strong communication skills and an outcome focused attitude, we would love to hear from you.

All applicants will require their own transport as High Ashurst is inaccessible via public transport.

Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development is part of Surrey County Council and prides itself on maintaining a high-quality residential provision for outdoor education with a variety of visitors from schools and youth groups to corporate clients. Learn more about the organisation here

SOLD offers year-round outdoor learning experiences to children, young people and adults. Our staff deliver a range of programmes including land based, water based and residential programmes to our visitors. We have spacious log cabins, camping in tepees and our fully furnished authentic yurts.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 09/01/2022 with interviews to follow.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s Barred List check will be required for this role.

For a virtual tour of our centres, please visit our website.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Hazel Wilson by e-mail at to arrange a mutually convenient time. We look forward to receiving your application. 


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.