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Kitchen manager

Kitchen manager

  • 640025
  • Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Full Time

ESS Defence delivers the best hospitality and catering services to our Defence personnel. We are committed to providing nutritional and delicious meals to our customers, whether it is in dining halls or out on the field. The work that we do is essential in keeping our Australian Defence Force healthy, comfortable, and living their best Defence Life!

We are currently looking for an experienced Kitchen Manager to join our team at RAAF Williamtown. The role is Monday to Friday with an occasional weekend shift, role includes menu and dining planning for daily meal and function services. As part of this position, you will report directly to the Operations Manager, you will have a small team seven chefs, apprentice and a kitchen hand reporting to you, you will be overseeing the food services and compliance requirements for three kitchens.

You will be working in a large dynamic team! Full training and support on our processes and procedures will be provided.  


  • Ensure efficient operation of the kitchen.
  • Lead team to deliver high quality and exceptional customer service.
  • Provide guidance and support to the team.
  • Plan catering for events or functions
  • Follow company health, safety, and security procedures
  • Stocktaking and Ordering – My Orders 
  • Monitor catering revenue and costs
  • Maintain consumer satisfaction
  • Review and promote training

The Person: 

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Extensive function experience
  • Experience in stock control, ordering, hygiene, menu planning, safety awareness and staff control
  • Good knowledge of butchery, vegetarian dishes, and healthy heart food
  • Proven hand on trade skills
  • Knowledge of quality management systems
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a positive outlook and professional manner
  • Team player and able to work autonomously
  • Flexible approach and attitude


  • Competitive rates, full-time permanent position.
  • Uniforms supplied.
  • Meals when on duty
  • Predominately Monday to Friday position
  • Occasional weekend support 

As a Manager with Compass Group, you will have the support, infrastructure, systems, and processes that you would expect from a global organisational. As an employer of choice, we also have an attractive benefits program including a competitive salary and incentive scheme, recognition programs and company discounts. If you're looking for a career where you set the standard for personal advancement, then Compass Group is for you. Working together, we will continue to experience success as the industry's best

 If you are looking for a challenging role and want to join a team that shares your commitment, Click apply now.

As you will understand, Government establishments need to be highly secure. This means that due to Government security clearance requirements the successful applicant will be subject to an Australian Police check.


Our people’s unique backgrounds, experience, and abilities are at the heart of our vibrant workforce. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the diverse communities that we serve, where everyone feels empowered and valued. By building diverse teams means we are creating inclusive environments for all our people and also those we connect with through our day to day operation. We welcome & encourage applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, gender expressions, gender identity and people with disability.


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