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Cafe Assistant

Durham University

Cafe Assistant (
Job Number:
Operations Directorate
Grade 1:  £20,948 per annum (Pro Rata)
Open-Ended/Permanent  Part Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 25
Closing Date
: 06-Dec-2023, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

Job Title: Cafe Assistant

Salary: £20,948 (Pro Rata)

Working Pattern: we have multiple contracts available with various hours. All contracts are term time only, working any 5 days from 7.

The University  
At Durham University, we are proud of our people, because they are at the heart of our globally outstanding institution, which is a key part of our local community.  We inspire our people to do extraordinary things and we invite you to join our fantastic team.  
Across the University, we have a huge variety of roles and responsibilities, which together make us one large and successful community. Whether you are at the very start, middle or end of your career, there is a role for you. We believe everyone has their own unique skills to offer.  
At the University we promote and actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion.  It is crucial that everyone can be themselves and can flourish in an environment where everyone respects each other and is treated fairly. We want our people and wider community to feel happy, secure and proud to be a part of Durham. We are looking for the same values in you.   
We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  For more information on our EDI strategy and values, click here

The Role and Department   

Café assistants work in one of our nine thriving cafes which are located across Durham University Campus.

As a Café Assistant, you will be working part of a team to provide students, colleagues, and guests with a courteous, professional, friendly, and efficient catering service. Working as part of the catering team you will ensure that Retail Outlets are set up to an exceptional standard and remain clean, tidy and a safe working environment. Washing up is completed as part of the role, this will include the use of an automatic dishwasher, and after service, all food areas are cleared and cleaned. Working in a catering environment requires an element of physical manual handling which can include lifting and transporting food and catering equipment, including heavy plates and cutlery. We will require you to be punctual, flexible, and willing to work variable shift patterns, including evenings and weekends.

Further information about the role and the responsibilities is at the bottom of this job description. 

Recruitment Open Day!

Our friendly recruitment team will be in touch to invite you to our Recruitment Open Day. This will take place on Monday 11th  December, 2023 at Stephenson College.

Working at Durham  
A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits:  

•    27 Days annual leave per year (in additional to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year), a total of 39 days including time off between Christmas and New Year.
•    No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies. 
•    Discounts via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions.  
•    On site nursery is available and access to holiday camps for children aged 5-16 throughout the year. 
•    Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme.  
•    The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities. 
•    Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers)  
•    If you are keen on advancing in your role or career, we have a genuine passion for developing our colleagues  from qualifications, to IT skills, courses and apprenticeships. 
•    Generous pension schemes.  

What you need to demonstrate when you apply
To be considered for this role, here are the skills/experience we’re looking for:
1.    Good spoken and written communication skills. 

2.    Basic digital skills including the ability to use the internet and email.   
3.    Basic numeracy and literacy skills. 
4.    Experience of working in a team.
5.    Ability to manage time to meet deadlines. 
6.    Ability to follow instructions, spoken or written, accurately.   

How to Apply   

We prefer to receive applications online.  When you apply you need to submit a CV and/or a statement that tells us your experience and gives examples of how you meet the criteria above and/or submit the application form and include the information within the form. 
We will update you about your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to make sure you have not missed any of our updates.  
Who to contact for more information 
If you would like to have a chat or ask any questions about the role or if you are struggling to complete the application process, our friendly recruitment team would be happy to speak to you: Email: [email protected]. Telephone: 0191 334 9300.

Typical Role Requirements  

Here are the kind of activities that you’ll be asked to undertake and ways in which you’ll be expected to operate.
Service Delivery
•    Provide an excellent service to our students, your colleagues and anyone else you come across as part of your role by carrying out your tasks using the relevant procedures (which we will provide training for).
•    Look after yourself and others by following health and safety regulations, including correctly wearing any protective clothing or equipment provided e.g. safety shoes and being aware of any hazards.
•    Learn how to use everyday equipment and tools e.g. electrical appliances from more experienced colleagues.
•    Follow instructions from more experienced colleagues to deliver set tasks.
•    Help check and monitor stock controls.
•    Help and cooperate with the rest of your team.
•    Support other team members to carry out their tasks when asked.
•    Help colleagues maintain facilities and equipment safely and securely.
•    Bring any problems to the attention of more senior colleagues.
•    Show a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and the University’s values.
•    Use digital devices and apps (such as email) to communicate with students, your colleagues and anyone else you come across as part of your role.

•    Any other reasonable duties. 

 Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement Privacy Notices – Durham University  which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.   

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.


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