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Elm Park, Station Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, CO7 7RT


£30,000-£40,000 DOE (pro rate)



Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time

Job Advert Role Description

Manages the provision of a catering service within a Priory unit with particular emphasis on the 
planning, preparation and cooking of meals through a team of staff.

1. Manages staff and procedures to ensure the efficient delivery of all aspects of food 
preparation and cooking, taking account of any special requests or dietary requirements 
within the unit. The role holder will need to be actively involved in the preparation and 
cooking, as well as managing the work of others, ensuring operational standards comply with 
the company’s ‘Assured Safe Catering policies’ and guidelines. 
2. Supervises, develops and motivates a small team of catering staff at all levels, ensuring 
compliance with safety legislation and Priory policies in all catering operational areas. 
3. Manages stock ordering and rotation in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

4. Alongside clinical colleagues, researches and creates new menus for the unit, taking account 
of healthy eating guidelines and any needs that particular patient/pupil groups may have. 

5. Responsible for the managing the food budget within Priory standards, taking account of cost 
per cover calculations, as well as ensuring best value and quality of ingredients. 

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

No agencies please

If you forward any CV’s to the Priory Group and you are not on the Priory Group PSL and have not been asked to work on the above role we will accept the CV’as a gift.