The Larder West Lothian is an exciting, fast growing social enterprise in West Lothian and we are looking to recruit a Cafe Manager to join our team. Please see the information below and email recruitment@thelarder.org to request an information/application pack.

Job Description: Café Manager

Job Type: Permanent (1 year post with possible annual renewable contract)

Salary: £18K to £22K

Hours: 37.5 hours per week with shifts, early morning, evening and weekend work required 5/7

Job Location: Fauldhouse West Lothian and other sites in West Lothian as required

About The Larder West Lothian

The Larder West Lothian is an exciting, fast growing social enterprise in West Lothian serving food from community settings and training those furthest from the job market for the hospitality sector.

The Larder has recently opened its newest training café in the village of Fauldhouse, providing access to good quality food at affordable prices for the whole community whilst providing hospitality training places for schools and Skills Development Scotland. A vacancy has arisen for the post of Café Manager who has day to day responsibility for the running of the café.

So what’s it all about…

Due to the nature of our industry, no two days are ever the same. Flexibility and being able to work with complete autonomy is a must, as well as having an awareness of the area and keeping abreast with the local developments and opportunities.

Who are you…

You are an inspirational and motivational leader; you will have a minimum of 2 years’ kitchen management experience within the hospitality industry, and be able to demonstrate not only your team management capabilities but also a professional business acumen gained from previous roles. You will be passionate and driven to manage the complete running of the Café, whilst optimising profit and remaining consistent with our company ethos and community focus. You will be able to support trainees and inspire them to continue with a career in the hospitality sector. Finally you will be creative with food and be able to express this creativity through menu development.

Key tasks

  • Opening and closing the café and finance systems

  • Menu development and pricing

  • Food prep and cooking

  • HACCP Food Safety

  • Day to day management of staff

  • Staff rotas

  • Managing GP

  • Financial management

  • Ordering and managing stock

  • Training and supporting staff and trainees

  • Customer relations including events and increasing customer base

  • Managing and reporting targets

  • Motivating your team

  • Attending Site manager’s meetings and other team meetings for the whole organisation

  • Any other tasks as determined appropriate by the organisation.

Person Spec


  • A minimum of 2 years kitchen management experience

  • Excellent communicator

  • Experience of managing and implementing HACCP

  • Managing staff

  • Cooking in a commercial/professional capacity

  • Financial management and reporting

  • Menu planning and pricing


  • Own car

  • Clean Driving license

  • Supporting and training people for the hospitality sector

  • Front of house experience

  • Experience and understanding of social enterprise

And what do we offer in return?

  • A relaxed and welcoming working environment

  • The opportunity to make a success of this new and exciting café

  • Pension scheme

How to apply

If you can see yourself in this role, and love being flexible and challenged, or if you’d like more information on the position, please contact us for an information/application pack. As a company policy we only contact those invited to interview.

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