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Event Catering Porter Required

Posted: 68 days ago
Place: E14 9UB, Greater London

Party Ingredients are looking for highly motivated, aspiring Event Caterers to join our team as Event Porters.  As an Event Catering Porter, you will be responsible for preparing our fleet of vehicles for events and then driving the equipment to the venue, unloading, loading in and supporting the team on site.  You will spend a lot of time at events and venues, setting up, tearing down, liaising with chefs and events managers etc.   Your responsibilities will change throughout the event and it is important that you are focused and adapt quickly to the change in role.  You will liaise closely with the Event Manager (on site), and Warehouse Manager (at base)  to ensure that you understand the requirements for each event and the equipment and delivery schedule for each day.  You will contribute to the smooth delivery of all aspects of our back of house operation.
Your duties will include:

Driving to and from events in our vans and trucks.
Loading / unloading – vehicles returning or being dispatched to events.  When unloading, isolating broken or dirty equipment for attention by the Warehouse Assistants.
Packing – working to detailed checklists with the Warehouse Manager.
Organising set ups at venues (furniture), in the wine bin (wine and glass preparation) and in the kitchen (counting and prep of crockery and cutlery).
Specialisation in specific venues with confidence and expertise to achieve efficient, consistent set ups and tear downs in a set portfolio of venues.
Venue management liaison – building and maintaining relationships with the on site teams at the venues in which we work.
Staff training – developing skills and processes in new team members as you grow in expertise.
Health and Safety – ensure that you, and all staff are carrying out their tasks in a safe manner and that we are providing a safe working environment for all staff and guests with our mobile set up.

About You
This is a responsible role within the company and we will look for the following attributes in our ideal candidate:

Perfect spoken and written English
Physically fit
Immaculate personal presentation
experience of hospitality - waiting work / bar work.
Personal ambition and dynamism
Attention to detail
Driving License A, B
The ability to follow instruction
The ability to work within a team, and independently.

About Us
Party Ingredients is a longstanding London caterer with a reputation for fine food and drink, a 21st Century approach to sustainability, including paying a Living Wage to all employees, the ability to deliver to a consistently high standard and an eye for creative detail.
We are different from many of our competitors in that we run a largely in house operation – all food is made by us in our prep kitchens, from Petit fours, to ice creams to specialist breads; we own our own equipment in addition to using hire companies and we have our own fleet of vehicles and team of staff, rather than using agencies.  We are active in the private and corporate markets, as well as having a reputation for large scale, set piece formal events (State banquets and receptions etc). We are disciplined and hard working, flexible and profitable.
We are accredited at many of London’s best events venues, we have a portfolio of contracted venues across the City, central and west London and our sister company is at the forefront of the English wine renaissance with a Vineyard in Sussex.  We invest in the development of our team with in house and outsourced accreditations, stage placements and tailored training programs.
We have a hands on team of directors who work on a daily basis with their teams – we are looking for a highly motivated, hands on catering professional to join our very successful operation.
Starting at £10.20 per hour for an average of 50 hours per week, including some weekend days, over 5 days.  28 days hols pa and subsidised gym membership scheme, cycle to work scheme and employee profit share after 3 months probation.
In time we would expect the job to progress to:

Increased responsibility for logistics
Increased responsibility for warehouse management.
Development of back of house management skills.
Development of front of house management skills (floor and bars management)
Greater involvement in training – specific areas of expertise.
Contribution to larger and more complex events.
Logistical planning of events and groups of events at specific venues.

This employment will begin on a fixed term contract.  If the contract is a success and we can see the potential for progression  a further contract will be offered.

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