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National Executive Chef - Defence

National Executive Chef - Defence

  • 638942
  • North Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2060
  • Sydney CBD, NSW, Australia
  • Brisbane CBD, QLD, Australia, 4000
  • Full Time

Defencelife has the privilege of serving millions of meals to our Defence personnel. Whether it’s out in the field or in dining halls, we provide everything from snacks, to buffet style meals to first class dining experiences for functions. The support we provide is vital in ensuring our personnel thrive during their service. We deliver high quality food coupled with a fantastic customer service experience.

The National Executive Chef – Defence will work collaboratively across our Defence contract to develop and implement the vision of our future hospitality offerings. The role will provide specialist insight and advice on industry trends, inclusive of all aspects of the food offer, customer experience, and integration of our catering offer into the larger base services transformation project. In addition to this, your passion will drive you to develop culinary talent and capability, continuously seeking out innovation to incorporate on-trend food solutions.

The Position

  • Develop a broad suite of innovative options in the culinary space to meet the vision of hospitality transformation.
  • Integrate these options across the broader innovation landscape in the living precinct (accommodation, living spaces, recreation, etc)
  • Support sustainability and social initiatives
  • Continue to manage the innovation pipeline for ESS Defence during the life of the contract.
  • Develop and implement consistent food standards, operating concepts, and programs for the sector.
  • Update and refresh existing Compass Group culinary concepts to improve quality, cost, safety, resident/patient experience or choice.
  • Drive innovation in new product and menu development by partnering with our procurement team to source quality and value ingredients to improve our overall offerings.
  • Support the business development team in the creation of food programs and culinary staffing structures for new bids and retention.
  • Coach the culinary teams to ensure the delivery of best value quality services, effective forward planning, meeting of objectives, management of priorities and the appropriate delegation of responsibilities.
  • Act as a subject matter expert in spotting and developing culinary talent.
  • Model and drive a culture of open communication at all levels to create an environment where employees to site level are engaged in business objectives and activities.
  • Maintain knowledge of current industry standards, “best practice”, trends and fashions in F&B including an understanding of initiatives adopted by our competitors.

The Person

As well as being passionate about food, you will also possess the following attributes;

  • Certificate III Commercial Cookery or equivalent
  • Proven examples of menu design incorporating special diet preparation and broad dietary requirements
  • Experience in operational management, people leadership & motivation, budgeting, service delivery
  • Ability to lead geographically diverse catering teams.
  • Ability to prioritise work schedules and model the ability to balance competing demands.
  • Flexible approach and attitude
  • Microsoft Office proficient
  • Passionate about delivering world class customer service
  • Excellent work ethic with great communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a professional manner

The Benefits

Compass Group is an organisation that's proud of its great people. We believe in the opportunity to recognise and develop great talent and offer many diverse opportunities for career advancement. Recognised as an employer of choice we also have an attractive benefits program including a competitive salary and incentive scheme, recognition programs including service and safety awards, paid parental leave, team event days, site-based benefits and company discounts

If this sounds like the position for you, apply now!


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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