Head Chef


Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent – Full Time
£30000 - £33000
Working Hours:
Burgess Hill
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Sodexo Segment:
UK Corporate Services

Job Introduction

An exciting opening has arisen on our prestige client’s site in Burgess Hill for an experienced Head Chef to join our team delivering a Modern Recipe food offer. Click here to find out more about it.

This role will suit a chef with the drive and passion to develop the culinary offerings taking them to the next level to enhance our customers experience. You would have extensive knowledge experience with fresh and healthy food preparation to the food offer specification, meticulous about compliance and audit preparedness and ability to cater to a volume (1000+ covers/day).

Working with the onsite team you will nurture and develop individuals aligning with the site and company objectives whilst at the same time having the opportunity to develop and progress within your own role.

This position offers an excellent work life balance with sociable working hours mainly on a Monday – Friday basis with occasional evening or weekend event.  You will also have the opportunity to work with and be supported by the Sodexo culinary team that has extensive knowledge with produce, fine dining, menu development and further education. 

Working for Sodexo – a world leading catering provider - means open doors to trade shows, supplier visits, trend and innovation tours, supplier farm visits, trade awards and other exciting opportunities to grow and develop as a professional.

We offer a great team, salary up to £33,000, the usual Sodexo employee benefits on top of fantastic development and progression.



Main Responsibilities

  • Leverage fully all existing Sodexo best practices and process
  • Drive operational excellence and lean thinking in Food Operations ensuring best financial outcomes and great customer service
  • P&L reports
  • Compliance to SLA
  • Maintenance of excellent client satisfaction
  • Upkeep of unit audit scores
  • Keeping employee turnover low
  • Kitchen and Food Production employee appraisals completed within agreed timeframe
  • 100%Company Purchasing and Trading compliance
  • Achievement of Sales and GP

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience as Head Chef/Executive Head Chef 
  • P&L experience
  • Strong financial awareness and understanding of budgets
  • Extensive knowledge of compliance, audit preparedness, allergens and due dilligence
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to manage teams of people
  • Impeccable culinary skills
  • Client customer communication skills, with the ability to develop long term relationships
  • Passion for food and service delivery

About The Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs around 30,000 people, and partners with clients in many sectors across business and industry; schools and universities; sports and leisure; energy and resources; government and agencies; healthcare; justice and defence.

Sodexo’s connected; people-centric approach brings together a diverse range of expertise. The breadth of services it offers ranges from food and hospitality; cleaning; reception; concierge (Circles); security; property management and technical services through to data driven workplace strategy and design (Wx); employee engagement and recognition services (Sodexo Engage) and personal home services through Prestige Nursing + Care and the Good Care Group.  

Vital Spaces is Sodexo’s value proposition that puts people at the heart of everything we do, bringing together services and solutions and focusing on the productivity and wellbeing of people wherever they are.

Sodexo is committed to being an inclusive employer; we welcome and encourage applications from people with a diverse variety of experiences, backgrounds and identities.

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations. 

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.