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Kitchen 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.


£18,898 (£10.03 per hour)


36.25 hours/week, variable day shifts weekend working required. 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. 

The Catering 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 and food provision from our Main Bar, we also deliver a number of external catering events throughout the year and support the local community 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:

Flexibility with shift patterns

Customer service focus

Passion for food

Ability to work well under pressure

Attention to detail

Willing to learn new skills


Your role

Working with our Kitchen Supervisor, you will be responsible, for preparing, selling and serving a variety of hot and cold food and beverages across our range of catering operations. 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 and evening working and exact shifts may vary according to the needs of the operation at particular times of year. Our Main Bar food offering is cooked fresh to order and we cover a busy lunch time service every day to our Student body.




Description of Specific Duties


  • Cooking and preparation of hot and cold food and beverages for sale direct to the customer
  • Serving customers to the highest standard with hot and cold food and beverages.
  • Adhere to the Health and Hygiene procedures within the catering operation.
  • Cleaning the kitchen and dining areas on a daily basis including dishwashing.
  • Maintaining correct food storage and stock rotation.
  • Routine ordering and checking of deliveries.
  • Routine completion of Cooksafe and other relevant paperwork.
  • Assisting with stocktaking as and when required.
  • Contributing to development of new menus and new products to stay up to date with current food trends.
  • Working on functions including setup and clearing up afterwards.
  • 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)


Kitchen experience 


Catering/hospitality experience








CV, application letter and interview


Competencies & Skills


(effective communication skills, initiative, flexibility, leadership etc.)   


Outstandingcustomer service skills


Efficient team working skills


Cooking skills

Able to work with minimal supervision


Home baking skills

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.