View Vacancy – KL – Head Chef – Residence, AO

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  • Posted 9 months ago

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Residence and Support Staff)


Main purpose of job:

To manage and deliver all catering requirements at the Residence of the British High Commissioner Kuala Lumpur.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

  • Prepare and cook all dishes for events held at the Residence including small lunches, large dinners, buffets and receptions;
  • Monitor stock levels of basic ingredients and purchase stock as required;
  • Operate commercial cooking equipment such as stoves, cookers, fryers and hotplates;
  • Possess a basic knowledge of HACCP guidelines and FCO Food Safety guidance;
  • Possess minimum level Food Hygiene certificate or equivalent;
  • Ensure that food supplies are stored properly and used resourcefully;
  • Make sure that the kitchen is clean and organised at all times;
  • Order and check food deliveries ensuring good budget control;
  • Keep accurate documentation of all menu’s including all allergen advice;
  • Provide appropriate menu choices including accurate costings for a variety of events when required;
  • Responsible for R&D, creating new dishes or menu;
  • Supervise Assistant Chef and create a learning environment;
  • Hire and supervise casual kitchen staff when required;
  • Accurately account for kitchen budget;
  • Work and communicate with external vendors regarding kitchen maintenance and recycling system.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • Government Procurement Card
  • Line management of Assistant Chef, to include appraisal process and performance monitoring.

  • Experience in a fast moving commercial kitchen.
  • Experience of devising menu’s and working to budgets.
  • Evidence of successful completion of catering course from reputable catering or general college. 
  • Basic food hygiene certificates. 
  • A passion for food and food preparation. 
  • A good palate.
  • An eye for detail and good presentation skills.
  • A desire to learn.
  • An interest in sustainability.
  • Basic food allergens and dietary knowledge.

Language requirements: 


  • English
  • Bahasa Melayu

Level of language required:

  • Advanced
  • Basic

  • Experience of, or interest in, the role of hot and cold kitchen chef. 
  • A preparation and cooking test will be given at interview. 

Changing and Improving, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Working Together

21 June 2023

Administrative Officer (AO)

Fixed Term, Full-time


12 months

Asia Pacific


Kuala Lumpur

British High Commission



MYR 4,450

7 August 2023

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

The British High Commission is proud of its L&D offer to staff. We work hard to ensure staff have the skills needed to do their job and the opportunities to develop professionally. There are a wide range of options available for personal development including training courses, coaching and mentoring, job-shadowing, presentations and learning sets. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the Diplomatic Academy and Civil Service Learning.  Staff are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all the available opportunities.  All new staff undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, and information management.

Working Patterns:

There are conditioned hours for this job, they can be worked flexibly and geared towards hospitality requirements e.g. on a day with a dinner, to start later given the evening function and annual ad hoc weekend such as Remembrance Day.

Please note that your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen. 

All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the online application form completely including the employment and educational details, experience, professional skills and behaviour-based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the applications and incomplete form in any respect may not be considered while shortlisting for the  next stage.
Only shortlisted candidates for interview will be contacted. Interviewees will be assessed on the core behaviours/qualifications listed above. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via the system in due time. Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.  If during the reserve period of 6 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate”. 

Indicated start date is provisional and subject to successful completion of reference and security checks.

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