Sous Chef

Management & support 2769

Sous Chef

Contract: Permanent

Salary: starting £25,000, depending on experience

Working Hours & Shifts : 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Sunday 7.00am to 8.00pm

Benefits:  Free Staff Car Parking, 33 days Annual Leave, Life Assurance, Private Medical Insurance

Are you an experienced Sous Chef, who is passionate about producing excellent quality food?

KIMS Hospital is the largest independent hospital in Kent and we are looking to recruit a Sous Chef to work alongside the Catering Team whilst managing the kitchen and ensuring all food prepared is of a high standard for all our patients and staff.

Role Responsibilities include:

  • To plan, prepare and cook menu items as directed by the Head Chef.
  • To ensure all food is cooked, presented and served in line with company standards
  • To carry out the smooth and efficient running of your section as appropriate.
  • To ensure that customers are given a prompt and efficient service at all time
  • Assist in developing the Catering Team, providing support and encouragement
  • To ensure all equipment is well maintained and is in good working order, reporting any equipment faults to the Head Chef

Person Specification:

  • NVQ Qualification or equivalent in relevant subject
  • Able to evidence a passion for food and customer service
  • Supervisory experience, able to delegate
  • Basic and Intermediate Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Effective time management skills

KIMS Hospital employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Free Secure Staff Parking
  • Pension Scheme
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 33 Days annual leave plus extra time off for your birthday
  • Life Assurance
  • Annual Flu Vaccination
  • Free Eye Test

If you have any queries regarding this vacancy, recruiter Liz would be happy to help. Please give her a call on 01622 231694 or email

At KIMS Hospital we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive working environment. We strive to create a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

Any offers of employment made by KIMS Hospital for this/these position(s) will be subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of a satisfactory DBS Certificate from the Disclosure & Barring Service.   Information about the DBS checks can be found at

Posted 18th April 2024

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