View Vacancy - KL - Assistant Chef, AA

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Residence and Support Staff)

Main purpose of job:

To support the Head Chef in all their duties at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Kuala Lumpur.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

  • Prepare ingredients for dishes following instructions by Head Chef;
  • Assist Head Chef in cooking dishes for small or large breakfasts, lunches, dinners, afternoon teas, buffets and receptions;
  • Assist Head Chef in cooking dishes for High Commissioner’s personal requirements;
  • Assist the Head Chef in plating up food attractively for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, afternoon teas, buffets and receptions;
  • Monitor stock levels of basic ingredients and advise Head Chef when purchasing is required;
  • In Head Chef’s absence – provide meals for the High Commissioner and guests;
  • Operate commercial cooking equipment such as stoves, ovens, cookers, fryers and hotplates;
  • Possess a good basic knowledge of FSMS/ HACCP guidelines;
  • Possess minimum level Food Handling certificate or equivalent;
  • Ensure that food supplies are stored properly and used resourcefully avoiding excessive wastage;
  • Make sure that the kitchen is clean and organised at all times;
  • Work and communicate with external vendors regarding kitchen maintenance and recycling system;
  • Any other duties that support the Head Chef in their role and the Residence team in general.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • Government Procurement Card
  • Evidence of successful completion of catering course from reputable catering or general college.
  • Basic food handling certificates.
  • A passion for food and food preparation.
  • A good palate.
  • An eye for detail and good presentation skills.
  • A desire to learn.
  • An interest in sustainability.

Language requirements: 

  • English
  • Bahasa Melayu

Level of language required:

  • Advanced
  • Basic
  • Previous experience not essential, recent graduates will be considered. A simple preparation and cooking test will be given at interview.
Changing and Improving, Delivering at Pace, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together
14 December 2023
Administrative Assistant (AA)
Full-time, Fixed Term
12 months
Asia Pacific
Kuala Lumpur
British High Commission
MYR 3,725
5 February 2024

This is advertised as a full-time, fixed-term role of 12 months in Kuala Lumpur.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

The British High Commission offers a competitive remuneration package, benefits, leave entitlement of 20 days per annum (calculated on pro rata basis) and a range of learning and development opportunities including courses, access to significant on line training materials and on the job learning and development opportunities.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is committed to developing its staff, working hard to provide a comprehensive learning and development offer. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the Diplomatic Academy and Civil Service Learning. Staff are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all the available opportunities.

The job-holder will be required to take some specific training courses related to their role. All new staff undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, and information management.

In addition to formal training, collaboration with a wide range of colleagues will deliver on-the-job learning experiences, including

  • Working in a diplomatic mission;
  • Understanding how UK international development assistance is managed / implemented;
  • Understanding effective programme management (including Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation, and Learning). 

Working patterns:

The standard working hours for the High Commission is 36.25 hours per week.

Please note that your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen. 

All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the online application form completely including the employment and educational details, experience, professional skills and behaviour-based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the applications and incomplete form in any respect may not be considered while shortlisting for the  next stage.
Only shortlisted candidates for interview will be contacted. Interviewees will be assessed on the core behaviours/qualifications listed above. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via the system in due time. Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.  If during the reserve period of 6 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate”.

Indicated start date is provisional and subject to successful completion of reference and security checks.

Kindly check your application centre or email regularly for any update on the status of your application.

To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.