Kitchen Porter

Job Purpose

You will be responsible for storing stock and deliveries, as well as carrying out portering duties in retail catering units and functions.

The postholder will be organised and able to manage their time well while efficiently moving stock around the University. Strong customer service skills are required to liaise with a wide range of staff and students to ensure the prompt professional service to all clients.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Receive, reconcile, and store deliveries appropriately.

2. Carry out portering duties by washing crockery, pots and pans, cutting boards and small equipment and loading dishes into the dishwasher.

3. Assist with stock transfers to other catering units and fill in paperwork required.

4. Assist with goods receiving of invoices and paperwork associated to deliveries.

5. Organise and assist with stocktake in your respective retail outlet.

6. Clean and sterilise countertops, kitchen walls, stoves, ovens, grills and sinks.

7. Build effective relationships with team members to allow for a positive, professional environment.

8. Maintain and clean food storage areas – i.e. freezers, refrigerators and dry stores

9. Demonstrate a passion for customer service excellence and offer a personalised service that exceeds customer expectation.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills, Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications


A1 An ability to demonstrate the competencies to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar role elsewhere.

A2 Basic level of English and Maths.


B1 Food safety level 1 and 2.


C1 A positive and energetic outlook.

C2 Demonstrable time management skills.

C3 Organisational and planning skills.

C4 Flexible and adaptable with the ability to plan and prioritise your own with the support of a line manager.

C5 Problem-solving and attention to detail.


E1 Experience of carrying out duties in a similar environment taking into account health and safety requirements.

E2 Previous experience in a catering/hospitality environment.

What you will be doing

Based in one of the retail outlets, you will be responsible for the efficient running of multiple University retail units on campus.

UoG Commercial Ltd is a subsidiary company wholly owned by the University of Glasgow and provides catering services as part of the new extended campus at the University.

As our employees are integrally involved in generating and sharing in the business' success, including a share of the profits, we call ourselves ‘partners' rather than staff. We want our customers and partners to feel equally valued and appreciated because they are both important to our success. We recognise that the way we conduct ourselves reflects not just on the company, but on the University of Glasgow and so our values are at the heart of the way in which we behave.

Put simply we ask our partners to:

  • Be friendly and positive
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Take pride in everything they do
  • Terms & Conditions

    Salary will be £12.00 per hour.

    This post is full time (37.5 hours per week, 5 over 7 days) and open ended. Flexibility will be required by mutual agreement and there may be some weekend and public holiday working at peak periods.

    Vacancy Ref : 143228 Close Date : 28-May-2024 23:45

    Job details


    Kitchen Porter


    University of Glassgow


    United Kingdom


    May 15, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 28, 2024

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Business and Economics

    About the employer

    The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen during the 18th century. Among the ancient universities in the UK, the University of Glasgow is one of the eight institutions that award undergraduate and graduate degrees in popular disciplines. The university comprises four colleges that include the College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, and College of Social Sciences.

    The university is spread over different campuses. The main campus is the Gilmorehill campus situated in Hillhead. The campus in the Garscube Estate in Bearsden houses the Veterinary School and sports facilities of the university and Dental school, the medical section is taken care of at Gartnavel Royal Hospital located on Great Western Road. Moreover, the Crichton campus and the teaching center at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Dumfries are jointly operated by the Open University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow.

    The University of Glasgow has 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 140 countries worldwide. It is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff. The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities

    The university has introduced the World-Changing Alumni award for celebrating the excellent performance of the notable alumni. The winners include Susanne Mitschke in 2017 and Matt Fountain in 2016. Some of the other notable alumni who are now being recognized by the world include the three Prime Ministers namely Bonar Law, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and William Lamb.

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