Trust Catering Manager- Director of Catering- Opportunity

Jan 17, 2022 editor

An exciting opportunity for the right candidate. No school experience required but skills in driving standards and relevant qualifications are.

Trust Catering Director - Apply via or email Liz Ellory-Hoare with a CV and cover letter.

Director of Catering: Job Description



To lead a team of School Catering Managers in a growing Multi Academy Trust of two secondary and three primary schools, providing ‘whole day’ catering provision for students, staff, and visitors.


LOCATION: Bradford



37 hours per week

Term Time Only plus 24 days

PO3: NJC points 32-35

Full Time Equivalent Salary: £35,745-£38,890

Actual Salary: £34,029-£37,528


REPORTING TO: Trust Director of Facilities and Compliance


Essential and desirable



·        Proven operational experience managing large teams in multi-site catering operations including HR & Performance Management

·        Previous experience of menu development, planning and procurement.

·        Strong people manager and leader with excellent communication skills

·        Strong financial management skills with experience of budget compilation and presentation





·        GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.

·        Supervisory Food hygiene certificate.



·        Supervisory Health and Safety certificate

·        NVQ level 3 in Food Preparation or similar

·        NVQ level 1/ 2 in Management and Leadership

·        NVQ level 1/2 in Customer Services


Knowledge/ Skills:/attribures



·        Innovative, creative and able to effectively deliver new initiatives

·        Ambitious, highly motivated with a proven record of success

·        Approachable, friendly, and trustworthy

·        Strong understanding of current regulations and guidelines, including food hygiene and health & safety

·        Knowledge of specialised aspects of catering such as diets, food allergies, halal

·        Ability to work independently and to own initiative



·        Awareness of good financial record/bookkeeping practice

·        Evidence of commitment to professional development

·        Good IT skills

·        Willingness to work unsociable hours


  • Overall responsibility for ensuring a high standard of catering provision across all Trust schools offering both high quality standards and efficient financial performance.
  • Ensure effective engagement with customers to ensure effective provision across all catering services: Breakfast, break, lunch, hospitality, events, or similar.
  • Ensure high standards in presentation of food, point of sale displays and layout in line with commercial retail operations such as cafes/coffee shops.
  • Develop regular innovative and engaging promotions and food choices to encourage greater engagement and uptake of catering services.
  • Promote healthy eating and healthy food choices in alignment with government standards and guidelines.
  • Efficient financial management of all school sites with the aim of all at least breaking even/close to breaking even.
  • Ensuring effective procurement practices across all schools to facilitate financial efficiencies.
  • Calculation and recording of accurate gross profit margins and sales volumes for all menu items, thereby enabling accurate analysis of profitability.
  • Ensure all School Catering Managers follow effective systems for the safe collection, recording, storage, and banking of money collected (where appropriate) through tills vending machines or revaluation machines
  • Maintain accurate and effective accounting systems, ensuring all School Catering Managers complete financial administration to required standards and timescales
  • Ensure compliance with all statutory food hygiene and health and safety guidelines, effectively completing all associated compliance and administration..
  • Effective management or oversight of all personnel issues in line with Trust policies, including the completion of annual Performance Management procedures..
  • Effectively work with Heads of School/Headteachers to ensure alignment of provision with school cost and quality standards.
  • Organisation and provision of relevant and appropriate on-site training for all catering staff, reviewing training needs on an appropriate ongoing basis and ensuring on-site training records are kept up to date.
  • Development of menus and menu choices in accordance with student/staff demand and in alignment with statutory school meal standards and Trust aims.
  • Ensure all School Catering Managers effectively manage and report repairs, ensuring these are satisfactorily completed to statutory/required standards.
  • Monitoring levels of food/stock wastage across all schools to ensure financial efficiency and menu choices in alignment with customer needs
  • Any other responsibilities reasonably associated with the role.



Carlton Academy Trust (CAT) is a Bradford-based Multi-Academy Trust formed in 2019 out of the success of Carlton Bolling an ‘Ofsted’ Outstanding rated secondary school which obtained World Class School Status in 2018 and was voted ‘Secondary School of the Year’ in the 2019 BBC/Pearson National Teaching Awards. The Trust has expanded rapidly and currently has two secondary and three primary schools, with around 3500 students and 500 staff. CAT aspires to the highest standards, with the aim of making all schools ‘Outstanding’ and in recognition of this has recently been approached to become one of the country’s first ‘World Class Trusts’. 

The Trust is a good place to work with a happy, friendly, open culture which seeks to support and develop staff, who are encouraged to be leaders and pro-actively develop practice. Although valuing both, CAT prefers character and potential to experience and skills, looking to recruit people who with the necessary support and training will attain the very highest standards.

Staff welfare is important to us as we see them as the Trust’s prime resource. Therefore, we look after them well, offering benefits including an Employee Assistance programme, generous remuneration packages and encouraging a proper work-life balance.