Chef Manager (Reduced Year) (LUM616/1220)

About the Role

This is a Full-Time, Reduced Year role: 37 hours per week, 38 weeks per year.

This role is based at Somerville House, Leeds. 

We are seeking a Chef Manager to join the Food Service and Catering Department, which plays a vital role in the student experience. Our shared aim is to provide an environment that creates a better future through inspirational actions that will change lives. The values that guide us as a team are trust, integrity, compassion, fairness and inclusion, and these values guide us throughout our working day. The catering department is a fast-paced, hard-working environment that is underpinned by optimism and fun. 

What You Will Do

  • To cook and prepare all meals and snacks for the Café, ensuring menus are innovative and nutritious, current and meets the needs of our customers.
  • To effectively manage the Cafe delivering an excellent high-quality service.
  • Responsible for the catering team and manage any staffing issues effectively.
  • To regularly gain feedback from customers to develop and enhance service provision.
  • To accurately record purchasing invoices and manage stock to achieve the budgeted GP.
  • Motivate and train the team of Food service assistants to ensure they provide a high-quality service for our customers & students.

About You

  • English and Mathematics at level 2 or above.
  • Relevant experience, knowledge and understanding of cooking in the catering, hospitality and food manufacture sector
  • Basic Food Hygiene certificate.
  • Experience of producing a range of products to a high standard within a short period of time.
  • Ability to follow Food Hygiene systems and monitor due diligence records.


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

Luminate Education Group is a collective of education providers based in Yorkshire with one clear purpose: to make a positive difference to people’s lives through genuinely transformative education and training.

We offer a wide range of job vacancies across our business support functions - Finance, Human Resources, ITSS, Marketing, Communications, Executive Support, Estates and Food Services. Our large size and diverse range of member organisations means there are always exciting opportunities to progress.

As an education provider, we are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our workforce, and you’ll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow.

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

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC), University Centre Leeds, Leeds Sixth Form College and Yorkshire Centre for Training & Development.


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. Click here to learn more about our EDI objectives.

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