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Catering and Accommodation Manager

British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge, Hybrid working 60/40 with up to 6 weeks per year in Antarctica
£40,543 to £45,049 per annum
Closing date
28 Jan 2024

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British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an exceptional Catering and Accommodation Manager to join our Polar Operations team.  BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe!

Working at BAS is rewarding.  Our skilled science, operational and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through our extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.  British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation

As a valued member of our team, you’ll be eligible for the following benefits:

  • 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays and 2.5 privilege days
  • Excellent civil service pension (with 26% or more employer contribution, depending on your band)
  • 24 hours/365 days access to employee assistance programme (EAP – including support with physical, mental, social, health and financial issues)
  • Flexible and family friendly working opportunities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to discounted shopping on a range of retail, leisure and lifestyle categories and much more.
  • You’ll be joining our Polar Operations Team, which comprises over 200 specialists across a range of functions: Air, Ship, Station and Field Operations plus Supply Chain Logistics and Planning activities. Together the team delivers vital support services that enable world class science in the polar regions.

You’ll help us to deliver high quality catering and accommodation services to our teams deployed in Antarctica and on board RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Within the role, there will be an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of living and working in Antarctica (including at sea), manage remote facilities and teams working with limited resources and develop wider knowledge of polar operations and logistics.

You’ll be joining a world-leading interdisciplinary research organisation, that is committed to recruiting talented people like you, progressing your career and giving you the support, you need to thrive at BAS.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Developing, implementing and managing food safety systems across all facilities (except Cambridge, UK)
  • Recruiting, training and line managing station chefs and domestic support staff
  • Leading tender exercises as required for major supply contracts
  • Managing the catering and consumables budget, ensuring value for money while adhering to relevant buying standards and policies including the BAS Sustainable Procurement Policy and BAS Sustainable Food Policy
  • Current projects the team are working on include driving sustainable, low carbon provisioning of BAS’ facilities, developing new logistics models and implementing systems for improved stock control and forecasting.

For the role of Catering and Accommodation Manager we are looking for somebody who:

  • Has a degree in Hospitality Management, Catering Management, Hotel Management (or a similar degree or equivalent professional experience)
  • Has demonstrable relevant experience, including maintenance and implementation of Food Safety Systems
  • Is able to develop and manage a large budget (up to £1m)
  • Becomes comfortable with standard desktop software (e.g. MS Office)
  • Is able to deploy to polar regions and spend time on board ship at sea, living in small communities
  • If we’ve just described you, we’d love to hear from you.  

What experiences can we offer you?

At BAS we believe everyone plays a vital role, is unique and valued, therefore, we embrace diversity as well as equality of opportunity and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming working environment where everyone’s unique perspectives are valued.

Different perspectives and collaborative working help us achieve our best work and come together to form a high performing team which makes positive changes in the business. That’s the power of every individual.  Our cultural values are built on mutual respect, inclusion, commitment and excellence.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with world class and amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you.

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