Commis Chef

Gordonstoun has been leading the way in character education for more than 80 years. Our uniquely broad curriculum provides challenge in the classroom, on the sea and on the mountain, on the stage and on the sports field, and enables students to discover the truth in our motto – Plus Est En Vous – there is more in you.

Situated on the beautiful Moray Coast in the North of Scotland, Gordonstoun is widely recognised as the world leader in character education. We have a co-educational community of over 500 students aged from 6-18, who are predominantly full boarding and are drawn from over 40 countries.

The Refectory is fundamental to the smooth running of Gordonstoun School. The team comprises of 7 chefs and 30 Catering assistants who provide 3 meals a day to 600 students and over 100 staff. No two days are the same, your role will vary and you might be assisting with various functions, helping re stock the school’s yacht, Ocean Spirt (which might be destined for the Moray coast or the Arctic Ocean) or helping provide provision for the students as a they take part in many outdoor activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes expeditions.

This would be an ideal position for someone starting out on their journey in the catering industry.

Working at Gordonstoun comes with many benefits, including a sense of corporate citizenship, where you become part of the family.

We offer a range of free accredited training courses to support staff and help them in their chosen profession or diversify into other roles.

There is a generous pension scheme and other staff support benefits.

We have our own fleet of Minibuses which allows us to offer subsidised transport from Hopeman, Burghead and Lossiemouth.

The award-winning chefs at our Refectory offer a diverse range of foods cooked on site and you will be entitled to free staff meals while on shift. You will receive free PVG status and have access to a staff discount scheme and cycle to work scheme.

Seven weeks holiday a year is standard for full time staff. For the permanent roles, working hours are on average 37.5 hours per week for 43 weeks per year.

We have a generous pay range salary which is performance led, with the potential to work your way up the pay scales or look at interdepartmental working, where you can apply to work across a range of roles within the Facilities Team. Starting hourly pay for these roles is £6.56-£8.91 per hour, increasing to £9.50 per hour following a successful appraisal and with an opportunity to move up to £9.70 per hour if you take on extra responsibilities.

Gordonstoun is striving to build a team that is truly inclusive. We welcome applications from marginalised and under-represented groups.

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