Kitchen Manager (Hucks Restaurant)

Location: Longford Forest - Ireland

Hours of Work: Full-time

Salary/Hourly Rate: Circa €41,900 per annum plus 13% bonus scheme

Contract Type: Flexible hours over a 4 - week period

Transport Provided: No

Closing date: 18 December 2018

Kitchen Manager (Hucks Restaurant)

A short break at Center Parcs allows families to create their own experience, where they are free to do as much or as little as they like. In 2019, we’re bringing our unique and unrivalled family short breaks to Longford Forest in The Midlands region of Ireland.

Set in hundreds of acres of beautiful forest, our new Center Parcs resort – Longford Forest - will welcome 250,000 guests each year, providing the very best facilities and activities. To transform our vision into a reality, we’re looking for an incredible and unstoppable team of around 1,000 employees – and this is a unique opportunity to be involved from the start.


At Longford Forest, the Food and Beverage department will employ around 300 team members across 10 different restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as a production kitchen.

We are now looking for an experienced Kitchen Manager/Head Chef to join the team of our American style restaurant; Hucks.

Hucks is a busy restaurant, serving American style cuisine. As one of our biggest units it has a restaurant (250 covers), bar, games zone and children’s play area, it’s a fast-paced environment with ample opportunity to interact and engage with our guests. 

Initially you will be involved in the large scale recruitment and training of the back of house teams, ensuring all are appropriately skilled and ready in preparation for the successful opening of Longford Forest in summer 2019.

Reporting to the Restaurant General Manager, you will work with the Assistant Kitchen Managers and team leaders, to ensure our back of house teams operate to the required Center Parcs brand standards whilst promoting a positive and proactive working environment. You will provide support to the Back of House Operations Manager and take part in wider village activities as well as menu development in liaison with the Group Chef.

As part of the management team you will:

  • Effectively control, co-ordinate and plan the activities of your kitchen to outlined standards of procedure
  • Maintain high guest satisfaction levels through culinary leadership, ensuring quality of service, quality of food and drink, value for money and that budgeted financial targets including cost of sales are met and exceeded
  • Be responsible for the daily management of your kitchen and your team ensuring cleanliness and hygiene standards are achieved as per Company and legal requirements
  • Work together with the Restaurant Manager to ensure the continued growth and success of the business

The role will differ initially to when the resort is open and fully operational so flexibility, adaptability and a willingness to help out as required are key requirements. There will be the requirement to travel to the UK to undertake initial training on commencement of this role.


The ideal candidate will have previous experience as a Senior Chef de Partie in a large organisation with full management responsibility for a team of chefs or as Kitchen Manager/Head Chef in a smaller unit. You should be able to demonstrate excellent people management skills, along with a clear ability to lead and motivate a large team in a kitchen environment.

Essential requirements:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong financial awareness – stocktaking/rotas/analysis
  • Experience of back of house systems for stock management and ordering

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in menu planning


You will be contracted to work 160 hours per 4 week period on a flexible basis.  This means that your actual hours and days of work could vary each week. Shifts are straight and will fall between midnight including weekends and public / bank holidays on a rota basis. Hucks is predominantly an evening operation so it is expected the majority of the shifts will be evening based.

In the pre-opening period your shift pattern will generally be working Monday to Friday office hours with flexibility required around business requirements.


Center Parcs is a fantastic place to work and the benefits are as impressive as they are unique. Here are just a few:

  • Management bonus scheme
  • Contributed pension scheme
  • Free use of leisure facilities
  • Discounted Center Parcs breaks
  • 20% discount in restaurant and retail outlets

If this sounds like your ideal job, and you’d like to be in at the start of something great, then we’d love to see your application.

Closing date:  18 December 2018 at 12 Noon

1st interviews to be held:  14 January 2019 in Longford Town Centre

Please note this vacancy may close at any time once sufficient applications have been received.  Early submission of your application is therefore encouraged.

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