Head Chef

Manchester  |  Hospitality

Role Type
Salary Overview
£33,176, plus TRONC OTE £40,000
Competitive Salary
Expiry Date

We are looking for an experienced Head Chef to join our opening team, as we look to open our 2nd Floor Bar & Brasserie in November 2022. The offer will sit alongside our current Retail Opening Hours (10am - 8pm, Monday - Saturday and 11am - 5.30pm - Sundays), with the flexibility of extended opening hours during peak times and for corporate evening events. This is a 44 hours a week role. 

This is a new and exciting role for the right candidate that is looking for full developmental opportunity and creativity with menu planning and new opening set-up. This Strategic management role of the BOH function, requires the Head Chef to also be responsible for the maximisation of margins and effectively manage the kitchen budgets.

You will need to have effective communication skills and experience of kitchen management in its entirety. You will have strong passion in the development of staff and Managers.   You will need to be a strong leader and build close relationships with all FOH Managers and ensure that the operation runs smoothly and efficiently at all times. Ideally you will have experience of developing your team, identifying performance issues and addressing them effectively, and managing a successful team.

In Harvey Nichols we are firm believers in career paths, development within Harvey Nichols is amongst our priorities, this alongside a generous basic pay and incentives, recognition schemes a great work/life balance, as well as a world of amazing benefits, make our people join and stay!

We are proud to say that one of our objectives is to offer you with the best possible work/life balance that works around your needs, you will be required to work 44 hours per week on a fully flexible approach and our aim is to stand by this promise.


  • Creating and sourcing menus ideas / planning and produce
  • Accountable for ensuring that all team members in the teams are briefed on menus, such that they can explain them to customers.
  • Effectively manage the staffing levels, ensuring that these correspond to the present and future business levels. Meet budget requirements and ensure that productivity levels are optimised at all times.
  • Instigate and maintain high morale, motivation and team spirit, recognising outstanding performance and contribution to team objectives. Devise and implement methods to ensure this.
  • Ensure that you carry out performance reviews for the teams in line with the company requirements.
  • Ensure that capability, disciplinary and grievance procedures are followed precisely in liaison with the HR department.
  • Ensure all staff understand and adhere to health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • Together with the Brasserie Manager develop strategies for increasing sales and profitability
  • Control profitability of the BOH function and ensure budgets are achieved.
  • Work together with the marketing team for any marketing and promotional activity
  • Responsible for sourcing of kitchen products which includes food, equipment, china and sundry consumables in relation to day to day activity.
  • Evaluating suppliers, quality of products and prices.
  • Ensuring the best possible price is negotiated for products.
  • Ensuring the quality of products are in line with the brand expectations.
  • Procurement i.e. buying in
  • Managing supplier accounts including invoices and credit notes.
  • Reviewing statements and objectively registering purchases in line with stock movement.
  • Monitoring of purchase information in line with budget and margin.
  • Preparing reports in relation to budget and margin.
  • Ensuring that all Food Alerts are followed up and are up to date in line with the Environmental Officer standards.
  • Being the principle contact with food alert in relation to audits, inspections and alleged food poisonings.
  • Ensuring all stock accuracy procedures are followed.
  • To carry out stock takes as and when.
  • Any other duties as may be requested by the General Manager


  • Good communication skills
  • Customer service centric
  • Have drive and energy
  • Able to build good working relationships
  • A team player
  • Good at problem solving
  • Innovative and lead change
  • Business Focused
  • Have a strategic Focus


  • PC literate
  • Ability to analyse and understand numerical data
  • An impressive track record of operational strength and financial accountability
  • Previous experience at a senior level in hospitality


  • Discounted city centre parking
  • Enhanced paid maternity and paternity leave to help you care for new additions to your family after qualifying period
  • Season ticket/bike loan on completion of your probation period
  • 40% off food in our restaurants for you and your loved ones 
  • 40 % on all Own bought Harvey Nichols fashion and 30% on sunglasses, beauty and wineshop
  • 28 days annual leave including Bank Holidays
  • 3 extra days holidays on completion of 5 years service
  • Fabulous learning and development opportunities with qualifications
  • Possibility to grow within the Company in other sites 
  • Access to counselling with retail trust, legal advice and more

We strive to be a company that is inclusive in terms of age, gender, identity, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and to create an environment where everyone, from any background, can be happy at work.

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