Junior Sous Chef – Customs House - Tenders Global

Junior Sous Chef – Customs House

The University of Queensland


  • Patina at Customs House

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact

  • Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50

  • 17% superannuation contributions and 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Based at the heart of Brisbane City

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world.

Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Salary packaging options

About This Opportunity  

We are seeking a passionate and enthusiastic Junior Sous Chef to lead our restaurant team. The Junior Sous Chef will supervise the kitchen team and production of restaurant and function food as directed by the Executive Chef while maintaining the high culinary standards of Patina at Customs House.

Patina at Customs House is a modern and contemporary restaurant offering relaxed dining with an emphasis on paddock to plate philosophy, Patina offers a unique shared dining experience overlooking the Brisbane River. the restaurant is located within Customs House which is one of Brisbane’s heritage icons also includes private event spaces and the kitchen will cater to events both on and offsite.

Staff are required to fulfil 38 hours per week across a seven day roster including weekends and evenings.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Production of all foods within Customs House maintaining high standards

  • Involvement in menu planning and implementation, and adherence to recipes

  • Leadership and team development – supervision, training and motivation of junior staff

  • Cost control – kitchen stock, produce ordering

  • Following all requirements in maintaining the Food Safety Plan

  • Maintenance of the store and fridges in a clean and tidy manner

  • Receiving of goods, recording temperatures, stock storage and stock rotation

  • Maintenance of mis en place for restaurant and functions

  • Reporting of maintenance issues or equipment problems to senior chef

  • Assisting the Executive Chef with the day to day activities of Customs House as required

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor

This is a Full-time (100% FTE), Fixed-term position for up to 3 years.  At Catering Level 5, The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $75,878 – $84,342 plus super of 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $88.778 – $98,681 per annum. 

About You

We are seeking a chef that values great produce from South East Queensland and can develop an exciting menu that pays homage to the land, people and produce. You will have very high standards and excellent leadership skills, with a minimum of 3 years experience in the role of Sous Chef or Demi chef in a similar establishment.

  • Completion of apprenticeship in cookery and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the role of Junior Sous Chef/Demi chef in a similar establishment

  • Demonstrated passion for food in all its variety

  • Abreast of the latest trends in the culinary arts and comprehensive understanding of nutrition

  • A background which encompasses restaurant and banquet service

  • A commitment to excellence of product and service with a customer driven focus

  • Well-developed communication and negotiation skills

  • Well-developed leadership skills

  • Creative event and menu design and development skills

  • Financial, cost and stock planning and control skills

  • Genuine interest in and knowledge of food, its preparation and its trends

  • Food Safety Supervisor qualifications as required under the Food Act 2006 

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 


To discuss this role please contact Mr John Offenhauser (Executive Chef – Customs House) at [email protected]  

For application queries, please contact [email protected]  stating the job reference number in the subject line.  

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section

  • Resume 

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion .  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]  

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications closes 1 February 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-33515).

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