Head of Food and Beverage

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £36,914 subject to experience
17 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Students’ Union

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Friday 09 July 2021
Reference:  1396021SU

Salary based on SUSU's Pay Band F with a full-time equivalent salary of £33,797 to £36,914 subject to experience.

35 hours per week.

The Role

The successful candidate will be responsible for maximising the turnover profitability and engagament of the Food & Beverage operations at SUSU, ensuring that the Food & Beverage department managers and staff are well trained and able to deliver a high standard of service. The Head of Food & Beverage will sit on the Senior Management Team and develop constructive relationships with the staff team. 

About You

It's essential that the successful candidate has at least 3 years of experience in high-volume, multi-site commercial operations and of supervising/line managing a team of more than 30 staff. You will have demonstrable experience of responsibility for a P&L account and budgeting, stock control, EPOS till procedures, and evidence of high standards of excellent customer service. You should also have knowledge of a number of service types and profiles of food and beverage options, and it would be advantageous if you had local insight of student habits and market trends. 

The Company

The University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) exists to unlock the potential and enrich the life of every one of our 23,000 student members. We are a registered charity with a £7M turnover and provide a comprehensive platform of offers, support, representation, services and spaces for our members to enhance the overall University experience across a number of campuses. We are an Investors in People Silver accredited organisation who have approximately 85 core staff, and around 300 casual staff employed throughout the year.

What we will offer

The University of Southampton Students’ Union has a vision of creating a positive impact with every student during their time at the University. As a not for profit organisation the Students’ Union provides a comprehensive platform of opportunities, support, representation and places for our members to enhance their overall University experience.

Benefits of Working at SUSU

On top of developing you within your role, we recognise our people are our greatest assets and offer a number of benefits over and above your monthly pay.

  • Annual leave of 34 days, rising to 38 days’ per year, including a week at Christmas and Easter (including public holidays)
  • Generous contributory pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 6% employee)
  • Attractive contractual family leave options after 6-months service for new parents
  • Staff social activities
  • Staff discounts on entertainment (including 40% off cinema), eating out, retail and travel
  • Free access to LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Office 365 applications on your device
  • Comprehensive induction and strong learning and development offer
  • An Employee Assistance Programme
  • A beautiful campus, with on-site commercial outlets


To apply, please visit and send us your CV and cover letter through the relevant role advert.

Closing Date and Time: 9th July 2021 at 9am

Interviews week provisionally 21st July 2021. Please note feedback will not be provided if you are not shortlisted for interview.

SUSU is an equal opportunities employer which values a diverse workforce and we want to reflect the student body that we represent. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination and will ensure that our recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.