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Bar Supervisor

Listed by University of St Andrews Students' Association


Application deadline: Wed 01 Dec 2021 23:59
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Hours of work: 36.25 per week


The Association

The University of St Andrews Students’ Association sits at the heart of the Campus - recently voted as No. 1 University in the UK and with a reputation to protect. Our Bar Operation forms an intrinsic part of the Student Experience and with over 9,000 members, we provide a range of services including advice, representation, catering and four bars. Our Bars Team lead on all large-scale events, functions and an array of activities to support the student body. We are the primary entertainments venue for St Andrews’ students, and support a thriving student scene with over 140 affiliated societies.

Your role

Working under the direction of the Bars Manager and Assistant Bars Manager, you will help to contribute to an outstanding experience for our members in our four main bars including outside events. Through effective supervision of our team of casual staff, you’ll ensure we maintain a high standard of service and a highly efficient bars operation throughout the year. Both evening and day work will be required. 

Description of Duties



  • Supervise and motivate staff to maintain a high standard of service and the efficient running of the bar operation.
  • Ensure appropriate stock and staffing is maintained during shift, within agreed levels from the Bars Management team.
  • Allocate bar staff duties for shift to effectively achieve departmental objectives.
  • Assist the Bars Management Team in all areas of external bar operations.
  • Support the Bars Management team in identifying staff training needs.
  • Participate in routine training of casual staff under the direction of the Bars Manager.



  • Under the direction of the Bars Management team, ensure compliance with health and safety obligations.
  • Maintain clean and safe cellars and stock rooms and to ensure beer pipes are cleaned as required (at least fortnightly).
  • Ensure adherence to all current licensing regulations and any other applicable legal requirements within the scope of the role.
  • Operate agreed stock control procedures, cash reconciliation and replenishing floats for tills.
  • Ensure the Bar Operation works within relevant parameters of the Premises Licence and Operating Plan. 





This post will suit someone who has significant bar experience with a sound background in bar and cellar supervision


Person Specification


Attributes Essential Desirable Means of assessment

Education & Qualifications 


(technical, professional, academic qualifications and training required) 

SCLPS Training

Scottish personal alcohol licence holder

CV, certification
Experience & Knowledge: examples of specific experience and knowledge sought

Experience in a supervisory role in licensed trade


Experienced in modern stock control procedures


Experience of successful staff development


Good knowledge of licensing law

Experience in Scottish licensed trade


Experience in both bar and club environments


Experience working with students/ young people


Cellar management experience


Knowledge of health and safety regulations

CV, application letter and interview
Competencies & Skills: effective communication skills, initiative, flexibility, leadership etc.

Effective verbal communication skills


Strong leadership and motivational skills


Flexible approach





  CV, application letter, interview


Essential Criteria – requirements without which a candidate would not be able to undertake the full remit of the role.  Applicants who have not clearly demonstrated in their application that they possess the essential requirements will normally be rejected at the short-listing stage. 


Desirable Criteria – requirements which would be useful for the candidate to hold.  When short listing, these criteria will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential requirements.