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Catering / Housekeeping Shift Leader


Our peaceful, Christian retreat and training centre, set in the heart of the Surrey countryside, is known for its warm welcome and hospitality to guests.  We are looking for someone who can lead the catering operation during a shift, liaise with guests and course leaders, and ensure that our high standards for the provision of good ‘home-cooked’ food and housekeeping are maintained.   

Post Introduction

If you have catering experience, the ability to take responsibility and deal with problems as they occur, ideally with proven experience in a supervisory role, matched with excellent people skills then we definitely want to hear from you.

We are looking for a minimum of 28 hours per week, with flexibility to work more on occasions if required.  Hours are based on a rota including evening and weekend duties.

Role Responsibility


  • To oversee the provision of catering to guests, ensuring that food hygiene standards are met, and maintaining the reputation for high quality, home cooked food.  This will include:
  • Preparation and cooking of food as part of the small hospitality team.
  • Managing stocks of food and making known what requires ordering
  • Managing health and safety procedures on your shift
  • Making sure all staff are trained, either training them yourself or arranging training through the Wychcroft Manager
  • Organising the kitchen team on your shift
  • Providing a satisfactory handover to the oncoming team
  • Closing down the centre at the end of the day
  • Recording any required maintenance issues identified during your shift


  • Providing a welcoming atmosphere to all guests.
  • Providing the ‘Housekeeping information to arriving guests in the absence of the manager
  • To work with the manager and the other team members to ensure all rooms and communal areas are cleaned to a high standard 



The Ideal Candidate

                                                 Person Specification





  • Experience of leading a kitchen and providing good quality home-cooked food in a similar establishment



  • An understanding of the benefits of locally sourced and ethically produced products.





Skills and Knowledge

  • Good communication skills to lead the kitchen team, and to provide a friendly welcome to guests.


  • Food hygiene qualification to level 2, or and appropriate health and safety legislation to ensure a safe environment for guests and staff

Level 3 Food Hygiene-Supervising Food Safety

  • Able to work collaboratively, as part of a team


  • Able to plan appropriate menus, including meals suitable for people with varying needs, eg gluten free, etc.

Personal Qualities and Behaviours

  • Professional, calm and approachable


  • Good at problem solving, and dealing with difficulties in a calm way as they arise.


  • An understanding of, and empathy with the values and ethos of the Diocese and Church of England.


  • Someone who respects colleagues irrespective of their position or background





About Us

Wychcroft is a place of hospitality, welcoming all who seek to deepen their relationship with God and live more authentically as disciples of Christ.

It exists particularly to resource the mission of God, by providing opportunities and space for nurture and prayer, excellent facilities for training and learning, and welcoming and comfortable accommodation.

It is our aim that each person who comes to Wychcroft will leave refreshed and resourced for their daily life.

The house is available for day visits, groups and residentials.

The facilities consist of:

  • a large lounge/common room
  • two smaller meeting rooms
  • a large dining room
  • a spacious hall
  • the Chapel, dedicated to the People of God, adaptable for groups to worship or for larger groups to meet
  • 23 bedrooms which can accommodate up to 36 guests

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