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Barista Catering Assistant

Reference number: SW-012246
  • Salary: £23,578 per annum (£12.95ph)
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Employer: King’s College
  • Location: London
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Role purpose
Working under the direction of the Retail supervisors and Catering Manager your main role will be involved with all aspects of the catering service including basic food preparation, food service, till operation, barista coffee making, food hygiene and other duties associated with the running of the Colleges retail units.

You will be based at the Strand Campus however you may be required to assist other campuses on occasion.

This role will require you to be flexible and to work 5 days out of 7 including evenings and weekends.

35 hours per week with paid overtime x1.5 per hour or x2 per hour on Sundays.
27 Days paid annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, plus additional college closure days over the Christmas period.
Permanent contract.

Role profile
Key responsibilities and objectives of the job.

  • Prepare and serve hot and cold beverages, including various types of barista coffee and tea
  • Educating customers on our drink’s menu
  • Knowledge of how brewing equipment operates
  • Assist with the service of meals in the restaurants, mobile units, and coffee shops
  • Maintain high levels of hygiene and comply with all food hygiene regulations
  • Display all food and beverages in a neat, appealing, and safe way
  • Stock retail display units and replenish as required
  • Operate a till and maintain accurate receipting of all payments
  • Check if brewing equipment operates properly and report any maintenance needs
  • Actively promote and sell the catering services to customers
  • Respond to requests for information from customers
  • Keep servery and retails areas tidy and clean

Service Commitments:

  • To be knowledgeable.
  • To be Inclusive.
  • To be naturally friendly.
  • To continuously grow our service delivery.
  • To deliver quality service standards.
  • To deliver world class services for a world class university.

Communication & Networking:

  • Liaise with your line manager to ensure they are aware of any concerns or issues relating to your work environment.
  • Advise your line manager of any issues with the general repair, cleanliness or failure of equipment.
  • Direct agency and casual staff and assist them to deliver a professional and efficient service.
  • Attend departmental staff meetings as and when required.
  • To be able to stay updated with college wide communications through college emails.

Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving:

  • Plan daily workload to ensure all areas are ready and open on time.
  • Address customer requests and enquiries in a polite and efficient manner.
  • Present any customer complaints or compliments to your line manager.

Service Delivery:

  • Display all food and beverages in a neat, appealing and safe way.
  • Effectively operate a till and maintain accurate receipting and accounting of all monies. Cash up a till in line with cash handling policies.
  • Respond to requests for information from customers in accordance with College policies.
  • Actively promote and sell the catering services to customers.
  • Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery within the department.

Teamwork, Teaching & Learning Support:

  • Direct agency and casual staff and assist them to deliver a professional and efficient service.
  • Promote teamwork and assist other members of the catering team when required.
  • To attend departmental meetings and training sessions as required.

Pastoral Care:

  • Awareness of the support services available to students and staff within the college



  • Good written and verbal English.
  • Basic level of computer literacy (ability to access emails and online training).
  • Excellent at working as part of a team or alone.
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with colleagues and management team.
  • Good hazard awareness/ability to identify and report issues.

About the Faculty

The Estates and Facilities Department

The Directorate of Estates and Facilities is responsible for the upkeep of buildings and grounds within the College.  The Department has 5 main functions:

Estates Management – Advising the College on the best use of its space and managing leases.

Projects – Managing new building projects and major refurbishment projects within the existing estate.

Facilities – Maintaining the services and building infrastructure within the estate, managing the use of energy and water to reduce the College’s effect on the environment.  Providing a wide range of support services including catering, cleaning, portering, postal and security services.

Kings Venues – Developing and Managing revenue activities including Conference and Events, Accommodation and Hospitality, leveraging the college estate by providing high quality services and support to external & internal markets.

Residencies – King’s Residences provides over 5,000 beds to students, in a mixed portfolio in central London. The management team is committed to delivering world class student accommodation in line with the

Outstanding academic standards provided by King’s College London. Being part of this team will allow you to positively contribute to a memorable student experience and develop your skills to the highest

About the Department of Kings Food

Kings Food provides a range of retail and hospitality services through our restaurants and coffee shops across The Strand, Waterloo, Denmark Hill and Guys campuses.

The department has a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service and aims to ensure best value for money for its customers and the College.


Please email Andreia for more info at

Date posted: 20/01/2023

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