Work at South Farm

South Farm is a successful and unique wedding venue located in beautiful rural surroundings in South West Cambridgeshire. The business is a well-established family run enterprise managed by James and Philip Paxman and Christine Lyon. We are the largest wedding business in Cambridgeshire with a good forward order book and are therefore lucky enough to be able to offer secure jobs.

We provide a very professional service to our clients and always aim to be flexible, transparent and deliver above expectations in everything we do. No matter what your role at South Farm we expect everyone to work together as a team, have fun and work in a professional, trustworthy and reliable manner.

We are Recruiting!!

If you would like to be part of our amazing team then take a look at the opportunities we have below – they could be for you! 😊

We have an exceptionally busy season ahead of us and we have a number of key positions available!  If you would like to be part of our friendly professional team and make a difference to someone’s special day then we would love to hear from you!

We provide a bespoke and flexible service to our couples, incorporating wedding menus using seasonal produce from our eight acre small holding, eggs from our chickens and pork from our kune kune pigs – all created on site by our in-house catering team.  Our appeal is the idyllic country setting, superlative home grown food and fantastic planning and front of house service delivered in a friendly and professional way.

As we are a rural venue, your own transport is essential as there are no public services.

Junior Gardener/ Site Assistant

South Farm is a fully integrated business, with our own in-house kitchen team which is underpinned by the 10-acre organic smallholding (not certified). The smallholding produces about 70% of the fruit and veg used by the kitchen, growing around 150 different varieties in open fields, polytunnels and fruit cages. Crops are harvested and brought down to the kitchen to be used on a daily basis. Additionally, the smallholding has pigs, sheep and chickens.

We are seeking a Junior Gardner to help with growing, maintaining and preparing the site for our wedding couples. This is a very varied role and the right candidate will have an opportunity to develop skills in a number of areas so a keen interest in all things ‘outside’ is important!

Salary and Working hours

The position will be full time, permanent, including some weekend duties on rota; variable through the year depending upon the needs of the garden! A competitive salary is offered dependent upon age and experience.

Main Job Roles of Junior Gardener

  • Site preparation on the morning of an event, working to a deadline and sometimes on your own at weekends (driving of a golf buggy will be necessary for raking the gravel)
  • Feeding of animals (pigs, sheep, ducks & chickens)
  • Weeding, watering and pruning in the Formal Garden to include grass and hedge cutting
  • Assisting with growing and maintenance of Small holding

Our ideal candidate will need to be reliable and be able to perform tasks in all weathers. No formal training is necessary other than an interest in gardening and growing.

If you think this role could be for you then please email a CV and covering letter to garden@south-farm.co.uk

Suitable candidates will need fluent English and, in line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.

Pastry Chef / Chef de Partie

We are currently looking to fill the positions of Pastry Chef and Chef de Partie (main kitchen) to join our busy kitchen team. Working days are varied and can include breakfast in the morning, wedding breakfast service in the afternoon through to evening food. Every wedding breakfast menu is individual using our own seasonal produce, eggs and pork, where applicable. You will be assisting in the preparation, cooking and plating up of dishes alongside our team of chefs and kitchen porters.

Our ideal Pastry Chef should would be friendly and motivated with a positive working attitude and be able to communicate well with other team members. You would have a passion for fresh and seasonal produce, a good knowledge and interest in food, a willingness to learn and determination and drive. We are a no nonsense environment that is customer focused. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and going the extra mile for our guest’s satisfaction. In addition, Pastry Chef experience should be relevant to a busy Premium Wedding venue operating for large numbers while maintaining the highest quality. Our ideal candidate needs to demonstrate a knowledge of pastry (savoury and sweet), desserts (hot and cold), petit fours, chocolate work, ice cream making, cake making and ideally the basics of bread making. Thorough training will be provided however quality experience is essential. Banqueting or a large volume catering experience would be preferable. Strong knowledge of allergens is required. A small proportion of the Pastry chef job will include sharing some of the main kitchen duties, namely covering some of the breakfast shifts and evening foods as well as helping with general plating up and service.

Our ideal Chef De Partie should share the attributes mentioned above. The ideal candidate will have mental agility to contribute and strive in an ever-changing busy kitchen environment. Previous experience in a quality busy kitchen environment is essential. Experience in banqueting or event catering would be preferable. Strong knowledge of allergens is required.

There is extensive information about South Farm on our website www.south-farm.co.uk which candidates should study carefully before applying. We are located 10 minutes from Royston in a rural area and candidates will need their own transport as there are no public services or be willing to relocate.

Suitable candidates will need fluent English, relevant experience, and be passionate about food and willing to learn a wide variety of jobs.

The role are based on a 37.5 hr week however there is always a lot to do in peak times of year (April to September) so plenty more hours are available for those that wish to work more. The roles will involve weekend and evening work. We are offering salaries of £25,000 (negotiable) + paid overtime (making the package worth closer to £30,000) for the Pastry Chef position and between £22,000 & £24,000 + paid overtime for the Chef De Partie position. Both depending on age and experience including holiday pay and meals on duty when applicable.

If you think you would like to be part of our friendly and professional team then we would love to hear from you! Please email a CV and covering letter to vladimir@south-farm.co.uk

In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.

Front of House Team Leader

The successful applicant will need relevant experience in a similar position with the ability to lead by example and get the best out of the team in a calm and efficient manner. You will report directly to the Event Manager on a wedding day and you will be responsible for your team from the beginning to the end of the day. Training and looking after your team are also key areas to ensure that a professional and friendly service is the norm exceeding the Couples’ expectations on their day.

Duties will include:

– Overseeing & working with the Front of House team on Event days and set up days

– Ensuring the front of house team maintain a smart and professional approach

– Communicating with the Event Manager on Event days to ensure the smooth running of the Event

– Food Service & Waiting Duties (including Breakfast)

– Event set up

– Keeping public areas tidy and general cleaning of the venue on set up days

– Serving drinks and canapés, tea and coffee, possible bar work

– Staff training and record keeping

This is a full time position and a competitive salary is offered starting at £10 per hour dependent upon age and experience and salary is reviewed after 3 months or 200 hours whichever is soonest. We are a small business and those that are committed and want to work hard will have opportunities to increase salary and progress.

If you think you could be an asset to our busy, professional and friendly team then email your CV and a covering letter to becky@south-farm.co.uk

Front of House Team Members

We provide a very professional service to our clients and always aim to be flexible, transparent and deliver above expectations in everything we do. Due to the sale and handling of alcohol we can only employ rising-18 year olds or over. The successful applicant will need some relevant experience and no matter what your role at South Farm we expect everyone to work together as a team, have fun and work in a professional, trustworthy and reliable manner.  We are looking for open-minded team players with lots of enthusiasm.

Duties may include:

– Food Service & Waiting Duties (including Breakfast)

– Event set up

– Keeping public areas tidy and general cleaning of the venue

– Serving drinks and canapés, tea and coffee

– Possible bar work

We usually stagger the start times of shifts so you may be able to opt for one that suits you best. Start times vary from 12 noon until 5pm and finish is usually between 7pm and 9pm – but every event is different!

We offer a competitive salary of between £7.50 to £9.50 per hour dependent upon age and experience and salary is reviewed after 3 months or 200 hours whichever is soonest.  We are a small business and those that are committed and want to work hard will have opportunities to increase salary and progress.

If you think you could be an asset to our busy, professional and friendly team then email a CV and covering letter to becky@south-farm.co.uk

Assistant Bar Managers (over 18s only)

We are looking for someone with bar experience including ordering, cashing up & locking up, who has enthusiasm and a positive and mature can-do attitude as well as a good work ethic. The successful candidate will be working alongside our Bar Manager and bar team to ensure that the evening runs smoothly and take responsibility for the site, guests and staff once the Event Manager leaves.

This is a responsible key holder role with flexible hours suited to someone who would enjoy a customer-facing role and wants to be part of a friendly, professional and busy Team.

The role is permanent but flexible based on our wedding schedule and demand. The role will involve frequent weekend and evening work with the possibility to train as an overnight manager in addition.

We are offering a competitive salary starting at £10 per hour depending on age and experience and salary is reviewed after 3 months or 200 hours whichever is soonest.  We are a small business and those that are committed and want to work hard will have opportunities to increase salary and progress. Full Training will be provided including First Aid and Fire Training. Personal Licence holder would be preferable but not essential.

Please email a CV and covering letter to andy@south-farm.co.uk

Casual Bar Staff

Part-time flexible evening shifts are also available as part of our Bar Team running the evening party.  18 and over only. Please email a CV and covering letter to andy@south-farm.co.uk

Overnight Managers (over 18s only)

We are looking for someone with previous experience in leading a team to work overnight to clean and prepare the venue for the following day. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of working as part of a small team to get the job completed within a timely manner with impeccable attention to detail. This role is a hands-on job and you will be working alongside the night team to clean the venue following on from a Wedding ready for the next day’s event. This will include cleaning the public areas, kitchens and laying tables ready for the following morning.

This is a responsible key holder role with flexible hours suited to someone who wants to be part of a friendly and busy team whilst being responsible for site, staff and overnight guests.

The role is permanent but flexible based on our wedding schedule and demand. The role will involve frequent weekend and anti-social hours with the possibility to train as an Assistant Bar manager in addition.

We are offering a competitive salary of between £11-16, depending on age and experience, with higher rates of pay for anti-social hours. Full Training will be provided including First Aid and Fire Training.

Please email a CV and covering letter to andy@south-farm.co.uk

Casual Overnight Cleaning Staff

Flexible shifts available to self-motivated people working as part of a small team to get the venue ready for the wedding the next day.  We are offering a starting rate of between £11 and £12 per hour depending on age and experience with a salary increase after 3 months or 200 hours, whichever is soonest.  Please email a CV and covering letter to andy@south-farm.co.uk

If you think you are the right candidate, or know someone who would be, for any of the available roles then we would love to hear from you!!

 

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