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Kitchen Porter/Catering Assistant

Requisition ID:  14528

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Term Time
Working Pattern:  Part Time, term-time only
Posted Date:  25-Nov-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £18,852.00 per annum, pro rata

Closing Date:  9 December 2021 


The role


We are looking for a number of individuals to join us and provide a professional and customer-focused catering service to students and visitors. You’ll assist with a variety of tasks, helping to keep the kitchen clean and tidy and ensuring that food is well prepared and presented. With experience in ideally within catering or hospitality, you’ll maintain our high standards and demonstrate a positive attitude at all times. Working in the catering team requires an element of physical manual handling, which can include lifting and transporting.


Benefits of this role include:


  • 27.5 hours a week, over 33 weeks
  • Various hours, 7am – 12.30pm / 3.15pm–8.45pm Monday to Friday
  • £10.95 per hour (including holiday pay)
  • Overtime opportunity
  • Outstanding Pension scheme

For an informal chat about this role, please contact Ian Glover on 0191 2088779 or Ian.glover@newcastle.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


•             To wash and clear away a range of cutlery, crockery, utensils and catering equipment to ensure adequate clean stock for the Chef Team and customer use.

•             To remove waste daily ensuring correct manual handling procedures to designated locations and storage, having due regard to Health & Safety guidelines. This will include washing/cleaning bins and sweeping the refuse area to ensure it is kept tidy.

•             To clean and maintain designated interior and/or exterior catering areas and associated equipment, fixtures and fittings within them to pre-determined cleaning schedules and frequencies in order to ensure a high standard of hygiene at all times.

•             To assist in the setting up and clearing of dining and other function rooms e.g. laying out tables and chairs to a pre-determined layout as required during term and vacation periods.

•             To identify and report any defects, damage or hazards in the workplace e.g. to fixtures and fittings and equipment to ensure corrective action is carried out promptly and taking immediate action where possible to warn others and/or remove hazards e.g. cordon off area, place warning sign or immediately mopping up a spillage.

•             Where required, assist with receipt of incoming stock, issue and control, using predetermined checklists, pricing and product rotation in order to ensure an efficient service and minimal wastage.

•             To support the Service’s commitment to training and development by participating fully in training courses designed to improve personal skill levels and knowledge.


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

•             Literate and numerate



•             Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) and Manual Handling Training.

•             Barista Training

•             Knowledge of Health and Safety


Attributes and Behaviour

•             Customer focussed approach

•             Ability to communicate clearly

•             Must be a good team worker and equally able to work alone

•             Flexible and adaptable approach

•             Standards orientated

•             Ability to prioritise workload and remain calm under pressure

•             Positive approach to personal and skill development

•             Able to work in other locations as required

•             Working in a customer orientated service environment

•             Reliable and dependable

•             Smart appearance


•             Experience of working in hospitality and catering environment.





•             Food Safety for Caterers Level 2 Certificate

•             British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS) –Food Premises Cleaning Certificate


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 14528