Head of Recruitment - London

Cote Restaurants
Competitive Salary
Closing date
17 May 2021

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Head of Recruitment - London

Who we are

Our restaurants are inspired by the modern bistros of Paris – authentic French cuisine in a relaxed ambience. Since 2007, we have been delighting our guests with our quality, French inspired menu.  This means the finest attention to detail, from prep to plate.

We put everything we are into everything we do. It starts with a sense of camaraderie, the feeling that we are all in this together. Côte is a place where we empower people to bring their personality and style, all in the service of exceeding our guests’ expectations.  

Developing our people has always been at the forefront of our mind, as it unlocks their potential, as well as driving the success and growth of Côte.  This is more important than ever, given the exciting opportunities ahead for the next chapter of our well-loved brand.

Head of Recruitment – in a nutshell

We are looking for a senior member of the People team to lead Côte’s approach to recruitment & employer brand – someone who can create opportunities from what others might perceive as challenges when it comes to attracting talent in the hospitality sector.

Getting into the detail

Lead the strategic development of Côte’s recruitment & employer brand to ensure we have an industry-leading approach that fully reflects our People Promise & promotes Côte as the place to work in the sector.

Ensure that we leverage every touchpoint of the candidate experience to create brand advocates, irrespective of outcome.

Manage & develop the Recruitment team to deliver high quality processes (including sourcing, assessment, hiring, & recruiting operations) across all channels that balance immediate pressures with longer-term priorities, ensuring that we’re attracting a diverse pipeline of talent & mitigating any risks from immigration laws post-Brexit.

Build new recruitment channels for Côte to explore (e.g. catering colleges, universities, charities supporting people into work, industry events, etc.).

Identify opportunities & represent Côte in sector collaborations to promote careers in hospitality.

Lead senior level searches & others as needed to support business demands.

Strategically partner with the business & the wider People team to fully understand all recruitment needs to ensure processes are user-friendly & efficient, & that hiring managers are equipped with the necessary tools & knowledge, including quality MI & reporting.

You should apply if you are…

An exceptional recruitment specialist, with proven ability to translate workforce requirements & growth plans into a successfully delivered & commercial recruitment strategy, which is fully compliant with UK legislation.

Skilled at developing & delivering successful employer branding, both strategically & tactically.

Knowledgeable of working with applicant tracking systems & candidate relationship management tools.

Experienced in culture change & fully understand the vital role that recruitment plays in that, by enhancing our external reputation, & attracting & selecting the right talent who become loyal brand advocates.

Exceptionally organised, with well-honed project management skills & demonstrable experience of owning & managing multiple complex projects from start to finish.

A strong influencer, who isn’t afraid to speak up, deliver & receive feedback, whilst remaining professional & kind.

A highly skilled communicator with well-honed verbal & written skills, & great attention to detail.

Curious & able to skilfully & respectfully challenge the status quo.

Confident & credible to represent Côte & act as a brand & culture ambassador to your client group & in the wider industry.


Our head office is in Fitzrovia, London, but UK-wide travel will be required & remote working is standard practice.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Chef Recruitment Manager to join our team, recruiting for chefs of all levels within Cote Restaurants. As a Recruitment Manager you will be responsible for day to day Back of House restaurant recruitment, as well as building full kitchen teams for our new openings, as we continue to open more restaurants across the UK. You will also be responsible for implementing new ideas, including recruitment strategy and new methods of candidate attraction. We’re looking for someone who will put their own stamp on our BOH recruitment. The role requires flexibility as we have restaurants situated across all of the UK and you may be required to travel. It is very important that you can build good relationships not only with candidates but also Operations Managers, as you will be dealing directly with both groups of people on a daily basis.

In reward for your hard work, you will enjoy the following benefits (and more!):

  • Structured career development programme
  • Unrivalled career opportunities
  • Performance related incentives
  • Generous company discounts
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Fitness First membership discount
  • Long service gifts

Bring your passion to work. Cote Restaurants; Restaurants for Restauranteurs.       

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