NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail National Oceanography Centre
Reference Number IRC245791
Location Southampton See on Map
Salary £24000 - £28800
Date Posted 03 July 2018
Grade NERC-Cook/Chef
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 July 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Chef
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Salary: £24,000 - £28,800 (Marine grade salary)
Full time
Permanent
Closing date 17th July 2018

About the role:

We are seeking two Chefs to work in the National Marine Facilities department (NMF) on-board our Oceanographic Research Vessels.

This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.  NMF are responsible for the operation and management of NERC owned two vessels in providing wider support in the co-ordination and management of the NERC Marine Science Facility program. Scientific Research Vessels provide the scientific platform to support the UK's world-wide oceanographic research program.

Candidates must have experience in the maritime sector.

About you:

For this position, it is essential that you hold the following: 

  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
  • STCW basic safety training (Fire fighting, Personal survival techniques, Personal safety & social responsibility, Elementary first aid)
  • passport with the right to work in the UK
  • UK Discharge book
  • certificate of Competency Part 1&2 (MCA) Ships Cook Certificate or equivalent catering qualifications
  • health and hygiene certificate MLC approved
  • designated security duties.

You must demonstrate:

  • strong awareness of health, safety and environmental issues
  • comprehensive understanding of all relevant convention and national statutory regulations applicable to the role to ensure compliance within the hotel and catering industry.

 Preferably experience of:

  • knowledge of purchasing/ordering system
  • an enthusiasm for advancing our understanding of the marine environment
  • experience of working on scientific research vessels.

 Other information: 

The starting salary for this position will be between £24,000 and £28,800 per annum (Marine grade). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who require a right to work in the UK.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.     

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit www.ukri.org

What we can offer you:

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme. You will accrue 25 days of leave per month worked on board and tours of duty are normally two months or two scientific cruises in length.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.


Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (http://noc.ac.uk/).

Shortlisting & Interview criteria

Qualifications and Knowledge:

Essential:

  • certificate of Competency Part 1&2 (MCA) Ships Cook Certificate or equivalent catering qualifications
  • health & hygiene certification
  • valid Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1), unlimited, without restrictions
  • proficiency in designated security duties
  • four elements of basic training to STCW2010, as amended (First Aid, Fire Fighting, Personal Survival Techniques and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities).

Experience related to position:

Essential:

  • demonstrate success in a relevant work environment, backed by evidence of appropriate knowledge
  • strong awareness of health, safety and environmental issues
  • comprehensive understanding of all relevant convention and national statutory regulations applicable to the role to ensure compliance within the hotel and catering department.

Desirable:

  • an enthusiasm for advancing our understanding of the marine environment
  • experience of working on scientific research vessels.

Skills: 

Essential:

  • strong and independent problem solving abilities and task prioritisation
  • able to make appropriate decisions and consider impact of decisions at all levels
  • able to work both independently and as part of a small team
  • an effective team player able to build and sustain productive working relationships with staff within the organisation and the wider UK and international community
  • broad IT skills
  • confident and articulate written and oral communication skills at all levels, fluent and influential as appropriate for the audience
  • able to prioritise work and manage time effectively and complete agreed objectives within agreed standards and deadlines.

Behaviours:

Essential:

  • self-motivated, pro-active and innovative, contributes beyond own immediate area to wider needs and priorities
  • enthusiasm and the flexibility to learn new skills
  • demonstrate a commitment, adaptability and flexibility to work in a changing environment.

Desirable:

  • proactive in an environment of change.

Other requirements:

Essential:

  • holder of a valid passport and discharge book
  • ability to work away from home for extended periods
  • ability to live and work under arduous seagoing conditions and extremes of climate
  • ability to successfully apply for a US Visa (ESTA) or C1/D Visa, where required
  • there may be a requirement to assist with specific marine related activities or projects by working in the offices of NMF – Sea Systems.

Job Purpose:

NMF are responsible for the operation and management of NERC owned two vessels in providing wider support in the co-ordination and management of the NERC Marine Science Facility program. Scientific Research Vessels provide the scientific platform to support the UK's world-wide oceanographic research program.

Expectations of the role:

For the assigned research vessel, the primary role of the Chef is to provide a high level food preparation by working closely with the Head Chef in all aspects of the catering service onboard the vessel during voyage and port time.

Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities:

Seagoing Duty: 

  • provide the scientific party with a welcoming, helpful and as far as practical, flexible service in the best hotel services traditions
  • be prepared to work according to the needs of the ships working pattern
  • assist the Head Chef with the cooking and service of all meals and menu compilation
  • preparing cold starters, salads, cold collations, hot and cold desserts and cheese-boards
  • the presentation of all food on the self-service counter and chilled display units in the Mess
  • preparing salads, cold meats and meals for the night meals facility
  • washing up, potwash and wiping down
  • conduct all duties in compliance with food hygiene regulations. In particular, record daily temperatures of the Chillwell, Bain Marie and galley fridges in accordance with the organisations Food Safety Management System
  • ensure the principles of domestic economy are observed to minimise waste
  • ensure the deep freeze vegetable and dairy refrigerators are properly cleaned and serviced
  • assist the Purser/Catering Officer by recording all victualing stores drawn from the storerooms and fridges/freezers
  • maintain the dry food storeroom in a clean and tidy condition. Ensure strict stock rotation
  • report equipment and accommodation defects to the Purser/Catering Officer promptly
  • assist with the loading, stowage and discharge of laundry and stores.

Health, Safety, Environment and general conduct:

  • provide the highest standard of service to support the objectives of the NERC Marine Facilities Programme onboard the vessels managed by NMF-Sea Systems
  • to ensure compliance with the NMF-Sea Systems aims and objectives, policies, processes and procedures, especially operational practices in respect of safety and pollution prevention
  • participate in the implementation of the Safety Management System and to recognise that the delivery of a safe and efficient service calls for continuous improvement in skills, teamwork, procedures and provisions associated with safety management, protection of the environment and service delivery, through the identification of risks, inefficiencies and opportunities for further improvement and development
  • undertake operations in accordance with the Safety Management System in compliance with:
    • the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention (ISM) Code)
    • the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
    • all relevant International Conventions, national statutory legislation and local regulations.

Training:

  • attend appropriate training, which maybe onboard ship or ashore, to revalidate certificates relating to STCW2010 and personal development programmes. You are expected to participate in NMF Sea Systems internal training programmes both at sea and ashore
  • maintain an oversight of training needs in support of their position and personal development.

Medical/Fitness:

  • hold an approved Medical Certificate (ENG1) and will be required to maintain a good standard of personal fitness.

Internal & External Relationships: (nature & purpose of relationships)

To work ashore in partnership with shore based NMF staff, based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton in between periods of seagoing duty and leave. 

Internal:

  • NERC
  • NMF-Sea Systems – to work in partnership with Managers and Staff.

External:

  • RCUK Shared Business Centre (SBS)
  • principle scientist and scientific cruise participants
  • national & international marine regulatory authorities
  • UKRI.

Special Requirements:

You are expected to:

  • positively support equality of opportunity and equity of treatment to colleagues and students in accordance with the Research Council Code of Conduct and the Research Council Equality and Diversity policy
  • help maintain a safe working environment by: 
    • attending training in Health and Safety requirements as necessary, both on appointment and as changes in duties and techniques demand
    • following local codes of safe working practices
  • ensure that actions conform with the overall environmental aims of the centre and minimise their environmental impact
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be requested by your Manager
  • comply with the NERC values
  • as the Centre develops there will inevitably be some changes in the emphasis to the duties of the post.  NERC expects that you will recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work and be willing to participate in training where necessary. 

Expectations of all staff:

  • comply with Research Council and NERC policies at all times, including Equal Opportunities Policies and ensure that duties are carried out in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and guidance documents as directed by NOC
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to NOC values and People Strategy
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to Working with Respect – NOC Guidance
  • attend relevant seminars, workshops and training events and maintain professional development by completing CPD (Continuous Professional Development) appropriate to the role
  • maintain a safe working environment by attending Health and Safety training as required and follow local codes of safe working practices and actively contribute to embedding a safety culture across NOC
  • adopt and promote awareness of NOC’s environmental aims and other initiatives
  • carry out other duties within the scope, spirit and general purpose of the post and adopt a flexible approach to work.
    • As duties and responsibilities change this job description will be reviewed and revised in consultation
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be reasonably requested by your Manager.

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All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC245791. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at nocrecruitment@noc.ac.uk.

Closing date: 17th July 2018

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).