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Coffee Shop Assistant

Listed by University of St Andrews Students' Association


Complete an application form and equal opportunities form and email them to [email protected], or post to Students' Association, St Mary's Place, St Andrews, KY16 9UZ.


£17908 p.a. (£9.50 per hour)


36.25 hours/week, variable days weekend and evening shifts, working 5 days out of 7. Start and finish times variable in line with business demands. Permanent position.


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. With over 9,000 members we are the primary student venue in St Andrews’ and support a thriving student scene with over 140 affiliated societies. 

Our Coffee Shop Operation forms an intrinsic part of the Student Experience and completes the range of services we provide including advice, representation, and entertainments in our four bars. Our offering straddles two café sites in St Andrews and we also support the local community throughout the year and in particular out with term time.

We are committed to promoting diversity and equality for all and welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We particularly aim to include applicants with disabilities, from BAME backgrounds, and those with diverse sexualities or marginalised gender identities.


Essential personal qualities:

Customer service focussed

Passion for coffee

Ability to work well under pressure

Attention to detail


Willing to learn new skills


Your role

You will work primarily in a front of house role alongside our Café team, serving a variety of food and beverages across both Rectors Café in our main building and the Old Union Coffee Shop on North Street. You will be working with part time student staff including those at school age as part of a young, enthusiastic frontline team. This will involve weekend working and exact shifts may vary week to week according to the needs of the operation.


Description of Specific Duties


  • Preparation of hot and cold drinks and food for sale direct to the customer.
  • Serving customers to the highest standard contributing to the Customer Experience.
  • Operating the till and taking payments.
  • Maintaining food and drinks displays, re-stocking as required and rotating stock.
  • Adhering to all Health and Hygiene procedures within the Café operation.
  • Cleaning front of house and back of house areas on a daily basis including dishwashing.
  • Routine close down and cashing up as required.
  • Assisting with some stocktaking duties as and when required.
  • Contributing to development of new menus and new products to stay up to date with Cafe industry trends.
  • Any other reasonable request in line with the scope of the role.


Person Specification





Means of Assessment

(application form, interview, test, presentation etc.)



Education & Qualifications 


(technical, professional, academic qualifications and training required) 







Food safety certification


Catering/hospitality qualifications


First Aid qualification




Certificates, application letter, CV


Experience & Knowledge


(examples of specific experience and knowledge sought)


Hospitality experience


Barista training










CV, application letter and interview