Luminate Education Group

Unit Catering Manager - United Living Project (LUM5247/784)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
Commencing at £26,250 with progression to £27,829 per annum
15 Nov 2023
03 Dec 2023
Job Function
Estates and Facilities
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the Role

Fixed Term till December 2025 with the potential of a further extension.

To run the catering service at the Points Cross building site for the United Living Project.

This is a commercial site and needs to be managed as such. However, the unit will be staffed by apprentices and students on work experience. All menu planning, ordering, cooking and delivery of the service will be the responsibility of the manager and his student team. The post holder will be tasked with meeting set profit margins, stock utilization and effective management of the costs associated with the unit.  

There will also be a requirement to assist in other commercial ventures undertaken on behalf of the college.

What You Will Do

  • To provide a safe and healthy environment for all apprentices and students to learn.
  • Ensure the unit is profitable. Whilst providing nutritious fresh meals. Engaging the apprentices in budget control, stock management and business skills. 
  • Be responsible for planning and implementing a healthy menu aligned to United Living’s ethos; sourcing products as locally as possible.
  • Promote well being, nutrition and equality and diversity to site operatives 
  • Support work experience opportunities for study programme learners both in the kitchen, food service and clearing tables. 
  • Plan and support outside catering opportunities within the United Living remit and to support the wider college offer. 
  • To maintain the food safety standards within the unit, completing all relevant documentation and adhering to all applicable legislation. 
  • To provide support to local charities, maintaining the department's social responsibility.

About You

  • You will be an experienced Catering Manager with a proven track record in running a busy unit; serving fresh cooked breakfasts and nutritious, filling snacks and lunches. 
  • Holds a minimum of NVQ 3 or specialist  qualification in the curriculum area/specialist subject.
  • Previous experience of working with young people/ Learner / students.
  • Experience of preparing and delivering training sessions in the kitchen
  • Able to demonstrate an ability to work with a  diverse range of students and customers.
  • Able to work within a target driven environment - meeting gross profit margins.


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Leeds City College is one of the largest further education institutions in the country and is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships regionally. 

We provide a vibrant and diverse learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. Leeds City College’s values put students first and are at the heart of everything the college does.

We are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our staff. You’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow. We offer a wide range of job vacancies, and our large size means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

Join us on the journey to being the best that we can collectively be for our students, apprentices, staff and our stakeholders.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


We recognise, value and champion diversity & Inclusion. As we engage with a diverse student population we want to ensure we reflect that in our staff population too. For us diversity is about building happy teams, full of people that want to learn and be inspired by each other, by our different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to us that both staff and students achieve their full potential.  Diversity is important to us, but inclusion is equally, if not more important. It’s not just about having the representation but also providing the people we recruit with opportunities and valuing everyone’s contributions and perspectives.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.


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