Kitchen Manager

Le Pain Quotidien UK Parsons Green + 1 locations

What is required?

  • Graduate
  • Minimum of 2 years in a similar position
  • Effective team, time and organisational management skills
  • Effective trainer and an excellent Food Safety and Health & Safety knowledge
  • Excellent command of the English language

What will you get?

  • Competitive pay
  • 45 hour work week
  • 31 days annual leave
  • Participation in a non-contractual tronc scheme that can earn you between £2-£4 per hour depending on how busy your bakery is (including the management team)
  • Participation in a performance-based bonus scheme.
  • Great work-life balance
  • Free, nutritious and organic meals while working and generous discounts when off duty
  • Perkbox
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • BUPA cash plan gold level
  • Life assurance 3x your annual salary
  • Study support and professional qualifications with an industry-leading Apprenticeship scheme
  • Up to £200 cash reward for every recommended team member and up to £500 cash reward for every recommended manager
  • In-house training academy offering an exciting portfolio of courses and development paths
  • Regular socials and team and companywide incentives
  • 6 monthly team survey

What will you do?

  • 20% Coaching and onboarding team members
  • 20% Ordering ingredients and kitchen supplies
  • 20% Supporting General Manager with budget matters
  • 20% Ensuring standard portions and quality of dishes
  • 20% Maintaining a clean and safe kitchen

This vacancy has been created based on interviews with employees to help you get a realistic preview of the job.


As a Kitchen Manager at Le Pain Quotidien, you are responsible for the kitchen department running smoothly and ensuring that all kitchen and bakery staff adhere to safety regulations. You do this for the bakery, restaurant and sometimes the catering as well. 

You make sure that the orders are ready on time, the food is prepared correctly and that the quality standards are high. Besides this, you coach and onboard (new) employees and make sure that they focus on the knowledge, presentation and the portions of the dishes. Making the work schedule is also one of your tasks. In addition to this, you also work together with the rest of the kitchen team. You assist with cleaning and the food preparation. Furthermore, you regularly order supplies and ingredients so that the kitchen always has enough stock.

You are the manager of the Back of House, which consists of several Bakery and Kitchen Assistants and Kitchen Team Members.

If you are a natural leader, can deal with many issues at once, like making guests happy and can also work well with different types of people, then this is a job for you.

Working week

Kitchen Manager

On a good day, you are busy working with your team, serving guests, or you do the stock count of all the ingredients or some other administration as you have enough support from the team. You also have time to do the tasting with the bakery team. You like to do this, as it creates a good teamwork.

On a less enjoyable day, you don’t have enough team members and there are a lot of things to do, or there is a shortage of ingredients that you need. That makes your day difficult.

    • Overview of the kitchen cleaning
    • Lunch
    • Coaching team members
    • Daily Food Check
    • Open store
    • Briefing with General Manager
    • Briefing with staff
    • Ordering food
    • Lunch
    • Finding replacement for sick colleague
    • Maintaining a clean and safe kitchen
    • Daily Food Check
    • Briefing with General Manager
    • Briefing with staff
    • Service
    • Overview of the kitchen cleaning
    • Maintaining a clean and safe kitchen
    • Daily Food Check
    • Open store
    • Briefing with General Manager
    • Briefing with staff
    • Check order
    • Solving conflict
    • Service

Firsthand experience

You get an order for catering through the catering application system. How do you proceed?

Five out of fourteen restaurants have the option for catering orders. Every day before three o’clock, people can order catering for the next day. When you receive an order, you make sure you order enough ingredients for the next day to make sure you can prepare all the food. Sometimes you will create something special for the catering, but this is only every once in a while. You always discuss this with the F&B Manager.


You will receive four weeks training program when you join us and a sign-off at the end of your 3 months. You will be supported by our training manager and your center of excellence trainer. Your work mentor will provide guidance with on-the-job learning complimented by job specific online courses. You will have regular catch-ups with your manager and engaging development workshops in our Farming Academy.

Kitchen Manager
Multi-site Kitchen Manager
District Chef

Working at Le Pain Quotidien UK

Le Pain Quotidien (French for 'daily bread') is an all day bakery chain founded in 1990 by Alain Coumont. Alain was dissatisfied with the quality of bread in Brussels, so he started making his own sourdough bread using only four ingredients: water, flour, salt and time. Now Le Pain Quotidien has more than two hundred restaurants in fifteen countries, spread over three continents.

  • Headquarters in Brussels, Amsterdam, London and Paris
  • 5.000 employees worldwide
  • Active in 15 countries
  • 41% / 59%
  • Black outerwear


Emmanuel kofi Amponsah - Kitchen Assistant

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Food makes people happy and especially good food makes people happy! There are not many other jobs where you can make people happy every day. It's good to see your regulars come in knowing they've come because they love the food and services you provide as a Kitchen Assistant.

What did you study?
Bsc Marketing and Informatica.

What do you do in your spare time?
Shopping, working out and clubbing with friends.

Lenka - Supervisor

Why did you decide to work for this company?
The favorable working hours, good ambiance and the chances you get offered.

What was your previous job?

What do you do in your spare time?
Spending time with the people I love.

Margot - Student

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Le Pain Quotidien was already known to me, I went there several times for breakfast. My sister started there as a student and once a shop opened near where I lived I saw my chance to start there.

What was your previous job?
Student at Carrefour.

What do you do in your spare time?
Going out for drinks and good food.

Application process

Telephone interview
In-person meeting with a General Manager
A short observation/trial
Interview with a District Manager
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