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Executive Chef Manager

The Swan School, Oxford

The Swan School

Job ID


Hours per week

42.5 hours per week

Hours of work

As required

Type of Job

Full time & Permanent



Published By

Operations Director

Published Date

Closing date

Anticipated start date

About the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of Oxford's most exciting new schools that is trailblazing with their dining concept. Not only that but you also get to join one of the country's most exciting school restaurant operators...Culinera.

The best thing about this chef opportunity, is that you can deliver high quality food - (i.e. not your typical school food) - working Monday - Friday. No weekends, no split shifts and late evenings once in a blue moon.

We are looking for a Chef Manager who will take full ownership of the Kitchen and deliver high quality, beautiful food in a dynamic setting. Serving over 500 meals in one sitting for a family dining style restaurant lunch experience as well as providing food for additional services for breakfast and break - there is a lot of coordination and strict timings to keep to!
You will need strong people skills to motivate and reward your team for getting this right every single day.

This is an exciting opportunity for a chef who is hungry to develop; is naturally energetic, proactive and good with people. You will have two fellow chefs working just 5 minutes away in our other schools - so support is all around you. We see this as an opportunity to create a unique flagship, and create a new way of doing things. If this sounds like an opportunity that you would like to be a part of - get in touch.


- Previous experience as a chef, including holding supervisory responsibility for a minimum of 2 years
- Understanding of Food Hygiene and Safety or above
- Successful progressive background in contract catering (preferred)
- Management of medium size kitchen (preferred)


We want you to work WITH us to provide the very best school catering around. We give you access to training opportunities, both mandatory for your role and aspirational. We want everyone we work with to upskill, by undertaking NVQ’s and going to the next level. We are a small, local company, we have zero bureaucracy, are hands on and are100% committed.


  • Competitive rate of pay

  • Flexible holiday - take the school holidays off!

  • Eligible for participation in the Nest Pension Scheme

  • Opportunities for development within our amazing small company

  • EAP with Hospitality Action

  • Lots of reward and recognition opportunities 

About Culinera and safer recruitment

Culinera began life in January 2020 as a small, fresh-focussed caterer determined to disrupt the market and provide an exceptional service to schools. We have started to carve a reputation in the industry for innovation, customer service and skill. We put people, training and technology in the heart of our business to make sure we succeed. We want to recruit people who are committed to our vision of exceptional service, tasty food and customer care. 


Culinera are deeply committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Culinera expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and uphold the highest standards of professional behaviour at all times. We operate a strict safer recruitment policy that aims to ensures we recruit the right people. All successful candidates are required comply with our safer recruitment procedures which include reference checks and an enhanced DBS check.

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