Help us build fair and sustainable food in Sheffield

Commitment: This is a full-time position for up to 36 hours. In the first instance, this role is for 6 months, starting from July 1st, with the intent to extend this or make it permanent depending on the growth of our activities. Core working hours are daytime Mon-Fri, with occasional evening and weekend services. 

Salary: £20,610.72 – 23,662.08 per annum, depending on the candidate

How to apply: Send your CV and cover letter to us before noon on June 8th

For further details, please download the job description.

About Food Works

Food Works is an organisation with a purpose. We want to create a world where everyone is fed while also taking good care of our planet. We think the key to this is to inspire people to rebuild the idea of the community as a place where we respect and take care of each other. Our aim is to build Food Works in that image. 

Food Works is a volunteer-led organisation with a small staff team facilitating the work of hundreds of volunteers. We embrace diversity and aim to build an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and contribute to our shared mission.

Who we need in our team

To achieve our mission we need a team who actively support and embody our aims and values. That means more than just coming in to do your job. We need people who:

  • care about our mission and want to contribute to achieving it;

  • care about people, and enjoy working to empower a diverse and inclusive community;

  • Are open to creative and new ways to solve problems;

  • are collaborative, actively inviting others to contribute to their work, and generously contributing to the work of others where needed.

We’d love to hear from applicants that represent the communities we work with and welcome applications from young people, Black, Brown, Asian and Roma persons, marginalised genders, people from the Queer community and people who have a disability, impairment or learning difference. We are an employer that values lived experience at all levels of our organisation.

Specifically for this role we would like someone who is:

  • An experienced manager of both people and resources.

  • A capable organiser who can work with a large degree of autonomy.

  • Experienced in delivering training and inductions.

  • Experienced in catering and food service management.

  • Relevant food hygiene and safety qualification, or core knowledge and willingness to undertake.

  • Good level of IT skills, in particular with G-Suite.

  • Excellent communications skills, with skills in customer service and conflict resolution.

  • In possession of a valid UK driver’s licence.

The purpose of this job

Food Works run community cafes where we serve meals cooked from surplus and locally grown food. Our kitchens also produce frozen ready meals that go to community organisations across the city to provide access to sustainable and affordable food for everyone. Our kitchen managers lead kitchen shifts in our cafes and support a team of volunteers to deliver the daily service in the cafe, producing excellent food in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.

Key Responsibilities

Cafe and kitchen

  • Working with volunteers to efficiently design and prepare dishes from surplus food to a high standard, making the most of available ingredients.

  • Managing all areas of food safety and hygiene in a professional kitchen – including maintaining food and equipment temperature records, monitoring allergens, and ensuring that the kitchen operates in accordance with relevant food safety legislation.

  • Effectively overseeing customer service and payments across a range of different products and services.

  • Ensuring the safe operation of equipment and premises.


  • Managing a team of diverse volunteers, to encourage a positive working environment and promote development.

  • Support volunteers by delivering skills development and training on a range of topics around food and customer service.

  • Create a welcoming and respectful environment where customers and volunteers feel welcome and respected.

General Food Works duties

  • Be an ambassador for Food Works and support its aims and mission

  • Embody Food Works values in your work, and support others to do the same.

  • Be a proactive and supportive team member, helping colleagues where needed