We have a chef vacancy coming available September 2018. People who can actually cook our standard bar menu would be rather useful. We would really rather like to be able to offer our customers what is on our menu. (They sort of expect it, you see.)
So, if you can cook, we are interested in you!
The position is live-in if required, or not, if not required, it would suit a couple or single, you can be either.
The role is expandable, depending on ability and qualifications, and additional training is available. If your other half is administratively inclined, we have a part time bookkeeper position also available, and we always need staff to help out around the castle in any number of roles. The more flexible you are, the better. We want 'can do' people who can do the job, and who actually enjoy serving customers good food.
The hours can be flexible - as you can choose to work 3 - 4 days a week as below, meaning you would not need to relocate if living some distance away. In winter we operate a 'winter trading' policy, which means you get three to four midweek days off a week. However we do have 110 to 130 weddings a year, some of which are midweek.
We have a ground floor garden room / staff flat with kitchen/ lounge / en-suite and bedroom etc available by negotiation if you wish to work a full weekly shift and if you have a partner who can assist in other areas at the castle (see other vacancies on this page).
Alternatively, if you do not wish to relocate, or are looking to work a 3-4 day week, we have an opportunity for you to commute in, work a long-weekend shift (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, maybe Sunday morning) with 3 1/2 days off a week Sunday afternoon, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, returning for the evening shift Thursday. In this case you would be able to use the Staff Accommodation rooms used by late shift / early shift staff as required.
You could conceivably have another job for the other days of the week, remaining in your own home town. Or come to us full time if you prefer.
It would be useful if you can also manage staff, pot washers etc efficiently, keep the place clean, and of course maintain all the necessary paper records, correctly. You will need to have the necessary qualifications for chef work. If you can cook, but require further qualifications to work on your own, we can facilitate this for you, with external training.
We are in a rural area. Getting to us involves a long journey for a lot of people. Finding local people is difficult for us. We routinely employ people as far away as Bristol, who stay with us a few days of the week, returning home when not working at the Castle.
If you are within a half hour's drive of the Castle (Neath/ Swansea area) then you would not need to relocate, but if you are some distance away, you still do not need to fully up-sticks. You can work a 3 - 4 day week, so you would be able to commute from a longer distance, work the weekend shifts, and take half the week off back home.
Or you could start off part time, see how you get on, then relocate later if you wanted to make a full-time career with us.
All staff on late nights / early starts and longer shifts may use the temporary Staff Accommodation here at no charge, subject to arrangement / bookings.
Before applying, be sure to look at our standard
on the links provided above, and satisfy yourself in your own mind that you have the ability to cook these meals.
When applying for a job with us, we start with a telephone interview and a check of documentation and references. Once past this stage, our General Manager Ian Bloom will require you to cook some meals to demonstrate your competence. You will probably need to stay here a couple of days, join the existing team, and cook some meals for our own quality checks. You will of course be paid for this.
You will need to supply a CV and have the necessary food hygiene documentation, qualifications etc, for our General Manager to check, plus a couple of references that we can phone and check.