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Kitchen Skills Trainer - Nationwide

German Doner Kebab
£25,000 per annum
Closing date
18 Jan 2022
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Kitchen Skills Trainer - New Restaurant Openings 

A very rare and exciting opportunity to join us here at German Doner Kebab is now available!

Since 1989, German Doner Kebab has been serving fresh, healthy, and nutritious meals featuring doner kebabs. Its goal is nothing less than revolutionising the fast casual restaurant sector, serving amazing food in a warm and comfortable space with quick and friendly service.

The company has begun development in the UK and Ireland with the objective of opening 500 restaurants within 5 years.  Based in Glasgow, German Doner Kebab UK & Ireland is looking to add to its team.

German Doner Kebab UK & Ireland is looking for a Kitchen Skills Trainer to join our New Restaurants Opening Team. Creating an outstanding guest experience will be at the heart of what you do every day and it’s important that you share our values and standards for excellence to enable us to deliver fantastic results and an overall excellent guest experience.

Job Role:

  • Assist with the intense roll out plan of our new restaurant openings across the UK over the next 5 years.
  • Help organise and plan Training Plans for New Restaurant Openings including on & off-site training and post opening support.
  • Confirm all restaurant management, including BOH Supervisors, are fully trained and qualified.
  • Assure the restaurant BOH stations are set up for training and operation.
  • Assure all necessary training materials are available for all trainees.
  • Directly train and/or support the franchisee team to train all prep and kitchen team members.
  • Ensure all assigned team members have the knowledge and demonstrated skills necessary to perform their role.
  • Document training status of all assigned team members.
  • Support the franchisee and/or restaurant manager to use performance management on the assigned team members during training and during practice sessions to develop their capabilities to achieve the required minimum performance standards.
  • Lead BOH training and practice sessions together with the restaurant management team and/or BOH Supervisors.
  • Develop the restaurant management team and/or BOH Supervisors capabilities to provide on-going training to new team members.
  • Work closely with the NRO Manager and The People Capability Leader. Ensuring high brand and operational standards are consistently achieved
  • Engage the team and by using different platforms and be a brand ambassador.
  • Analysing potential gaps in learning and proposing solutions across GDK.
  • Help run and support training sessions to support our teams across the brand.
  • Ensure Health and Safety and Food Safety and Hygiene procedures are maintained and followed appropriately
  • Help to induct new Team Members, Team Leaders, Assistant Managers and Restaurant General Managers.
  • Create and deliver new training materials for workshops and courses
  • Assist with the delivery of brand initiatives, such as new product & systems roll out and support with special events.
  • Help manage projects within agreed deadlines and ensure they are executed to a high standard.

The Ideal candidate:

  • Experience within the hospitality industry is a must and a passion for training!
  • Have a comprehensive, knowledgeable, and experienced of working within high volume kitchens.
  • Outgoing, a problem solver, a hard working individual that is not afraid to get stuck in, enjoy a fast-paced environment, organised and can think outside the box.
  • Has an aptitude to train, coach and develop individuals and groups.
  • Has the ability to give open and honest feedback in a constructive and supportive manner.
  • Demonstrates high standards and brand awareness.
  • Has the ability to communicate clearly & effectively with all our team and franchisees.
  • Be able to manage training timelines to ensure alignment with the opening.
  • Be able to adapt to fast changing situations
  • Be able to train with a blended capacity
  • Previous experience working in a franchisee environment is preferable but not essential.
  • Be confident and influential, with the ability to get things done whether asked to work individually or as part of a team.
  • Ability to adapt training their communication and training styles to fit the needs of the team: inclusive of E Learning, 1-1, practical group sessions and training workshops.
  • Be a brand ambassador for GDK
  • Ensure Health and Safety, Food Safety and Hygiene procedures and standards are fully trained to the GDK standard and followed appropriately.
  • Assist in the development of training processes and operational material and provide feedback to Leadership Team, inclusive of any issues that may prevent any restaurant openings. We need to set team for success
  • Have an ability to identify, attract, retain, and develop strong talent, whilst creating an environment for team members to learn and grow.
  • You will need to be able to multitask and have a very keen eye for detail for this position.
  • You will need to be flexible and will be able to think on your feet.
  • Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends when needed with overnight stays in line with nature of the role.
  • Must have a full, clean valid driver’s licence.
  • Must be able to travel all over the UK.

Got what it takes?

We are looking for energetic, engaging, and motivated individuals who are passionate about training, development and people and that love working within restaurants!


German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab across the globe! Our gourmet kebabs are freshly prepared by our passionate and friendly team in front of our customers eyes. They are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces. 

We opened our first restaurant in Berlin back in 1989 and spent the next decade perfecting our game-changing kebabs and our processes. Fast forward to 2022 and we now operate over 100 restaurants across the UK, Europe, United States, Canada and the Middle East, with further global expansion in the pipeline for this year and beyond! We are currently the fastest growing restaurant brand in the fast-casual dining sector and are looking to double the number of UK restaurants this year. That’s where you come in!

We can’t provide expectation-defying kebabs and unrivalled guest experiences without great people! The time to join us is now as we try to change the world, one kebab at a time. 

Kebabs. Done Right.

Our menu offers a unique experience in flavour and taste. 

  • Succulent  - slow cooked high-quality meats
  • Unique - signature sauces
  • Delicious - handmade toasted breads
  • Fresh - salads freshly prepared each day

We pride ourselves on the freshness and quality that we provide, so our kitchen is the hero of each restaurant. All GDK restaurants are kitted out with an open kitchen design, allowing our guests to watch our kebab theatre in action.!

We are guest obsessed at GDK and go above and beyond to provide every customer with the best experience possible, all centred around our quality kebabs.

As our brand grows, we have every faith that you’ll be an asset to us all here at GDK! Whether you’re looking for a part-time job whilst studying, or if you can see yourself sitting in our board room someday, we are committed to developing career pathways for our team. We are also currently developing an exciting eLearning platform to support everyone on their GDK journey. 

Join our team. Exciting times ahead.

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