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Assistant Kitchen Manager

Posted April 8, 2021

Hilton Watford
Watford, England, United Kingdom

About This Job


  • Do you know what it takes to lead a team to deliver excellent standards on time, every time?

  • As a leader are you supportive, enthusiastic and inclusive?

  • Do you take pride in ensuring the highest standards of food quality and food safety?

  • Are you passionate about working with high quality ingredients and sustainability in the food chain?

If so, the Hilton Assistant Kitchen Manager role is tailor made for you!


The Big Stuff

  • Our Assistant Kitchen Managers ensure that a wide range of carefully designed dishes are prepared, presented and delivered with pride and precision.


  • Assistant Kitchen Managers will support with the delivery of high quality food in all outlets. Assistant Kitchen Managers will provide food for all occasions - including breakout options for those attending meetings and banqueting events.


  • As an integral part of the kitchen Leadership team, our Assistant Kitchen Managers contribute to the overall commercial performance of the business whilst delivering excellent Guest and Team Member experiences.


  • At the heart of our kitchen operations, each team member follows standardised processes designed to ensure an efficient delivery of high quality centralised menus that provide our guests with a high quality dining experience.


 The Standard Bits

  • To ensure the delivery of high quality, consistently presented menu items

  • To manage food cost controls

  • To ensure compliance with all food safety requirements.

  • To track, monitor and minimise waste

To ensure a focus on sustainability targets

  • Perform against KPI targets for the kitchen in a balanced scorecard that covers financial performance, Guest experience, and our Team Member experience

  • To ensure adherence to the cook book specifications, processes and visuals

  • To attract and retain team members who recognise and contribute to the overall aims of the department.

  • In partnership with the support functions, to ensure compliance with all people practices and procedures from hire to retire

  • When appropriate to deliver creative and bespoke solutions that ensure Guest needs are addressed


The Fun Bits

  • To work with the Corporate Chef to ensure new menus are implemented as appropriate to the business needs

  • To engage with key suppliers as appropriate to develop effective partnerships

  • To create conditions that help team members to thrive at work allowing them to be their authentic selves

  • To work with the hotel leadership team to develop a workplace culture that recognises and rewards good work



What are we looking for? (Essential Experience/ Qualifications)

  • Previous Assistant Kitchen Manager or Senior line chef

  • Previous experience in ordering procedures and SOPs

  • The ability to adapt and make changes quickly ensuring the highest standards are retained.


  • Relevant food preparation qualification - Hospitality & Catering – Level 3 or 2 (or equivalent )

  • Qualification in food safety and a track record in managing all aspects of food safety


Preferred Experience/ Qualifications:

  • Experience in a quality production style / branded environment

  • Evidence of ability to lead change with new technologies and ways of working

  • Intermediate Food Safety Qualification (or equivalent) 


Hilton is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For nearly a century, Hilton has offered business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. Hilton is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands.  Our vision “to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality” unites us as a team to create remarkable hospitality experiences around the world every day.  And, our amazing Team Members are at the heart of it all!






About this Employer

Hilton Watford

Elton Way
Watford, England WD25 8HA
United Kingdom


200 Room Hotel

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At A Glance

Choose from a selection of spacious guestrooms, suites and deluxe rooms, perfect for couples and families alike. Host a productive meeting or special event with us and choose from a range of flexible meeting and function rooms, catering for up to 375 guests. Enjoy à la carte dining at the popular Atelier Restaurant within the hotel then retire to the Patio bar and watch live sports on the widescreen TV.

Use our event space & business amenities to keep on top of work. We offer flexible facilities for business meetings, team building events and conferences. Our New Hertford Suite can accommodate up to 375 guests with A/V equipment available to rent.

  • Only 20 miles from Heathrow Airport
  • 20 minutes from central London by train
  • Largest ballroom in Hertfordshire
  • 14 flexible meeting rooms
  • Atelier Restaurant and contemporary Patio bar