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28 May 2024

Club News


28 May 2024

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Rotherham United are looking to recruit a First Team Head Chef!

Job Title: First Team Head Chef 

Department: Catering

Location: Training Ground

Line Manager: First Team Manager

Salary: DOE

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week

Contract Length: Permanent


Summary and Main Purpose

The Head Chef will be responsible for leading the clubs catering and nutrition needs throughout the training week. This role is expected to optimise the quality of food provision the players/staff receive on a training day. The Head Chef is expected to have an excellent knowledge of nutrition strategies for elite athletes as well as the ability to plan and create menus and manage budgets. The role also requires co-ordination and management of all food suppliers to ensure not only do we receive the optimal food product but also stay within the budget constraints. The Head Chef is expected to have excellent leadership qualities to drive professional standards and ensure job fulfilment of the catering department staff. The Head Chef should also establish and maintain an effective professional network that includes, but is not limited to, university links/ catering colleges/ local suppliers.


Key Tasks / Accountabilities:

  1. To ensure the effective and professional delivery of all the food provision at the training ground on all training days throughout the season. This is to include breakfast and lunch.
  2. To ensure a well-balanced and varied menu choice is delivered within the nutritional specifications of the players.
  3. To liaise and create relationships with external suppliers.
  4. To lead on the weekly plan and management/delivery of food supplies.
  5. To lead and maintain good budget planning/forecasting.
  6. To manage the first team catering budget as set out by the club.
  7. To manage the catering department and create roles/responsibilities for the ‘assistant chef’.
  8. To drive the standards of good food hygiene.
  9. To be an effective manager of the catering department with special reference to individual man management of the department staff.
  10. To act, at all times, in a manner appropriate to a representative of Rotherham United FC.
  11. To ensure the quality of the food served is always of an excellent standard.


  • Level 3 or above advanced food safety
  • Undergraduate degree in catering related field
  • Diploma in related field Minimum of 10 years’ experience in full-time catering
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in elite sport catering
  • Excellent understanding of nutritional demands of an elite athlete
  • Demonstrate an excellent understand and need for health and safety standards
  • Excellent food hygiene standards


Personal Skills / Qualities

  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Management skills to manage a catering department
  • Set and maintain high standards of work performance and deliver quality consistently and effectively
  • Establish and maintain relationships with external suppliers
  • Exceptional organisational skills with the ability to manage demands and deadlines whilst functioning in a fast moving environment
  • Holds a full current and clean up to date driving licence
  • Proactive and engaging style with a winning attitude and can-do approach
  • Flexible approach and attitude to working hours
  • Good listener
  • Have an altruistic demeanour cognisant of others emotions



Please complete the application form that can be found on the Club website and return as requested as an upload to Indeed along with your CV and covering letter stating their suitability for the role.

Unfortunately, your application may not be processed without a completed application form being returned to the Club.



Rotherham United takes safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk are safeguarded at all times when engaging in Club activities or services. The club has numerous safeguarding policies and best practice guidelines to support this and expects all employees to adopt such policies and practices at all times.

The club adheres to strict guidelines, policies and procedures when recruiting staff who work with children and/or adults at risk and is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate safeguarding training suitable to their role/s.
Successful applicants are expected to share the club’s approach to safeguarding at all times.


Equal Opportunities:

The post holder’s duties must be carried out in compliance with the Club’s
Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.

Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and a signatory to the new FA Football Leadership Diversity Code and all applicants for employment will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Rotherham United Football Club, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post requires a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant must be prepared to submit a CRC application if they do not hold and FA CRC Certificate. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System.

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Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

This post may close early if suitable applications are received, current closing date 7 June 2024

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Company pension
  • On-site parking


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


  • Driving Licence (required)
  • Level 3 Food Hygiene Certificate (required)

Work Location: In person


Application deadline: 07/06/2024



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