The British Antarctic Survey

Chef – Antarctica

Location
Antarctica
Salary
£23,937 per annum initially.
Posted
05 Jan 2018
Closes
02 Feb 2018
Ref
BAS 04/18
Job Function
Chef
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Description

As an experienced chef you will provide a high standard of professional catering service for the Station. Food deliveries are made once a year and your cooking will need to meet the needs of the scientists and support staff living on the station for up to 18 months using the ingredients you have available. During the winter your customers will be the same ones for up to 295 days so you need to be able to produce a wide variety of dishes to suit your group and cater for any dietary or medical requirements. Life on a remote ice station is not all about the day job. You will be expected to take part in all aspects of station life including First Aid, field living and skills training, cargo handling and a myriad of other tasks.

BAS are looking to employ chefs to complete contracts of between 6 and 18 months. This is not your standard hotel or restaurant job. You will be a vital part of the station team. You will travel to Antarctica and as part of your day to day work ride skidoos, be part of the station emergency response teams, fly on small aircraft over the ice shelf’s or sail through the pack ice on one of our ice strengthened ships. When on station all outdoor and work clothing is provided and with very few opportunities to spend money on station your season could provide you with a tidy sum at the end of it. If you can produce great food with a positive attitude whatever the Antarctic can throw at you this could be the job for you.

The work will be hard but the memories will last for a lifetime.

Purpose

As an experienced chef you will provide a high standard of professional catering service for the Station. Food deliveries are made once a year and your cooking will need to meet the needs of the scientists and support staff living on the station for up to 18 months using the ingredients you have available. During the winter your customers will be the same ones for up to 295 days so you need to be able to produce a wide variety of dishes to suit your group and cater for any dietary or medical requirements. Life on a remote ice station is not all about the day job. You will be expected to take part in all aspects of station life including First Aid, field living and skills training, cargo handling and a myriad of other tasks. BAS are looking to employ chefs to complete 18 month and 6 month contracts. This is not your standard hotel or restaurant job. You will be a vital part of the station team. You will travel to Antarctica and as part of your day to day work ride skidoos, be part of the station emergency response teams, fly on small aircraft over the ice shelf’s or sail through the pack ice on one of our ice strengthened ships. When on station all outdoor and work clothing is provided and with very few opportunities to spend money on station your season could provide you with a tidy sum at the end of it. If you can produce great food with a positive attitude whatever the Antarctic can throw at you this could be the job for you. The work will be hard but the memories will last for a lifetime.

Qualification

NVQ 3 or 4 or equivalent experience.
Nationally recognised qualification in Food Safety level 3. (Must be current)

Duties

- Catering: provide as required meals and snacks for station staff and visitors.
-Stock Control: responsible for food and equipment, stocks and stock rotation. Active involvement with Station managers in ordering replenishment stocks.
- Food safety: responsible for maintaining high standards of personal and kitchen hygiene, maintaining food safety records.
- Cleaning: responsible for maintaining cleanliness of kitchen and all food storage areas.
- Training: responsible for training station members in basic food safety and safe working practices.
- Domestic Stores: responsible for stock control and rotation of domestic cleaning stores.
- To assist in other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies
These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 04/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st April 2018
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 18th June 2018
Proposed start date: TBC

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

Skill Specification 

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Ability to clearly communicate with management & “customers”. - Essential
  • Ability to produce comprehensive reports when required to do so. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Demonstrable computer literacy including the use of Microsoft Word and Excel. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to work unsupervised, under pressure and within limited time and resources. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work on their own but be able to take direction from management and share duties with another Chef. - Essential
  • Must be adaptable to changing requirements. - Essential
  • Working in a remote area. - Desirable [3]

Managerial ability

  • Ability to teach cookery to people with a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience. - Essential
  • At least 3 years’ experience in kitchen management. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Basic numerical ability to maintain stock control. - Essential
  • Experience with computerised stock control. - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Must be fit and healthy and capable of working in the polar environment. All candidates will be required to pass a BAS medical. - Essential

Qualifications

  • NVQ 3 or 4 or equivalent experience. - Essential
  • Nationally recognised qualification in Food Safety level 3. Must be current. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Extensive experience of cooking for a range of differing clients, including those with specific dietary requirements. - Essential
  • Experience in producing a range of quality menus for up to 120 people. - Essential
  • Experience of catering for outside events. - Desirable [3]

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