University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Catering Operations Manager (Retail)

United Kingdom

Closing in 5 days

Catering Operations Manager (Retail)

Salary: Grade 7 (£37,099 - £44,263 p.a. depending on experience)

We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Are you an experienced Operations Manager with a multi-site retail background, looking for a new challenge? Do you have a proven track record of driving income, operational efficiency and continuous improvement? Would you like to join our ambitious team and work flexibly across the retail catering portfolio?

The University of Leeds are seeking a commercially minded, industry professional to strengthen the senior management of the catering portfolio. Using the experience and knowledge gained managing a complex multi-site operation and/ or high street branded retail operation/s, the successful candidate will possess a high level of commercial knowledge and ability. The University of Leeds seeks to appoint an experienced Operations Manager, who is passionate about delivering modern catering services that exceed customer expectations. You will be an experienced people manager, who can motivate and develop the team to achieve their potential, through the utilisation of a wide range of interpersonal skills. Exceptional organisational skills, attention to detail and proficiency in financial/business management are all essential; as is ensuring compliance with health and safety and food safety legislation.

This position will report to the Head of Retail Catering and will work managing and leading staff in the retail cafes and refectory.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx. 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – that's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

    Interviews will be held in the week commencing 6 May 2024.

    To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Julie Tong, Head of Retail Catering

    Email: [email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Facilities Directorate School/Institute: Catering Services Category: Professional & Managerial Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 p.a. Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Ongoing Release Date: Wednesday 27 March 2024 Closing Date: Sunday 28 April 2024 Interview Date: See advert Reference: FDCAT1029

    Apply Online

    Further details:
  • Candidate Brief
  • Job details


    Catering Operations Manager (Retail)


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    March 28, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 28, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics

    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

    Similar jobs

    Recent blogs