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Café Assistant

The closing date for this role has now passed


Hours: Minimum of two shifts a week including weekend work on a casual rota basis.

Report to: Head of Catering and Events, Café Manager

Purpose of role: As Café Assistant you will be expected to act as a representative of Brunel’s SS Great Britain and work to the highest standards of customer care, service and presentation throughout your role. Your duties will be mainly customer focussed and will include work in the kitchen.  From time to time you may be required to carry out additional tasks deemed reasonable for your position.

Hourly rate: We are a Real Living Wage Employer. Starting salary is £8.75 per hour, after successful completion of a probation period this increases to £9 per hour



  • To serve customers as they use the café in a friendly and welcoming way.
  • To take the customer’s orders quickly and efficiently and where appropriate give advice or make suggestions of menu choice.
  • To maintain a level of clean crockery, glass ware and cutlery for customers
  • To partake in the opening up and closing down procedures for the cafe  

Cash Handling

  • To maintain safe practises when handling cash throughout the day.
  • To follow procedures in the cashing in till floats and cashing up tills at the end of the day.


  • Assisting with general food preparation as instructed by the chef.
  • Restocking counter products where and when necessary as advised by shift supervisor.
  • Assisting with the fulfilment of internal company catering requests. 

General Housekeeping

  • To keep all work counters clean and tidy.
  • Maintaining a high level of cleanliness throughout the Café Bar including clearing of tables
  • To ensure the external areas of the cafe are set up where appropriate and kept clean and tidy
  • Adhering to environmental health and Health & Safety regulations and guidelines.
  • To assist in the washing up and cleaning to ensure that dirty dishes are kept to a minimum in the kitchen.
  • To ensure all health and safety documentation is filled in as shown by the FOH Supervisor

Kiosk and Ice Cream vending

  • Opening and serving in the kiosk and ice cream vending points when necessary
  • Ensuring that the kiosk and ice cream point is fully stocked.
  • Making sure the kiosk and ice cream point is cleaned and ready for service the next day.

Person Specification


  • Customer care skills and a real commitment to meeting customers’ needs
  • Confident and articulate
  • Literate and numerate
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Team player
  • Ability to work effectively under extreme pressure


  • A knowledge of Brunel's SS Great Britain is desirable.


  • Able to demonstrate experience in a similar role within the requirements of the job.
  • A proven track record of delivering good customer service within a work environment
  • Previous catering experience desirable

How to apply

Please download and complete our application form and email to

Closing date for applications: 9am, 16 September 2019

Recruitment Day: 30 September 2019

The SS Great Britain Trust is an equal opportunities employer. Reg. charity no: 262158.
Thank you for your interest in the job and in the work of the SS Great Britain Trust.