Head Baker - Bermondsey, London

Bermondsey, London
Competitive Salary plus tips
03 Apr 2024
01 May 2024
Full Time

Head Baker - Bermondsey, London

Head Baker at WatchHouse.



We are looking for a Head Baker with a wealth of experience to join our exciting and diverse bakery team, located in the heart of Bermondsey. This is not your usual Head Baker role, you will be responsible for the whole operation of our Central Production Unit including the preparation and baking of our cakes and pastries. Along with the day-to-day operation, there will be opportunities for product development and pushing our offering forward.

What's in it for you?

  • A wonderful bunch of people that you'll get to work with.

  • A real step up in one's career, managing a large element of the business with more growth plans on the horizon.

  • A share of service charge on top of your base salary.

  • Guaranteed contracted hours every week to suit you.

  • Great shift times - No evenings!

  • Free coffee all day, every day (even on days off).

  • Free lunch on every shift.

  • 30% off food when you aren't working.

  • 30% off our WH retail range.

  • Full training available and opportunities for career growth and development across the business.

Direct Reports

Directly reports into the Head of Food.

Directly managed CPU Team.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Producing high quality cakes and pastries to the standard and deadline.

  • Ensuring the bakery is a well utilised and efficient workspace.

  • Deal directly with suppliers, keep on top of stock levels and ensure that the products produced meet the standards and specifications required by WatchHouse.

  • Managing the performance of 8 to 10 team members and ensuring rota schedules are published and to budget.

  • Performance managing your team .

  • Liaising with suppliers to ensure we are receiving the highest quality products at the best price possible.

  • Rolling out food launches across multiple locations

  • Assisting the Head of Food and Development Chef in any ad-hoc duties, training or planning as and when required for the business.

Key to this role:

  • Previous bakery experience with a passion for producing products to a high quality standard following the clear food specs and recipes set out by the senior food team.

  • To be self-motivated and take initiative within the role, problem solving and troubleshooting where needed.

  • A thinker and a doer, able organise yourself and effectively also contribute positively to a growing business.

  • Enjoys being part of a team but is also able to self-manage

  • Strong work ethic and flexibility

  • Calm and efficient in a busy environment

Professional Qualifications / Experience Preferred:

  • 3 years minimum experience within a professional bakery;

  • Hold an utter passion for food, innovative development and delivery of high standards;

  • Food Hygiene Qualifications;

  • High level of communicative skills - liaising with the food team, your direct reports and key stakeholders in the business;

  • Strong planning and organisational skills with a sense of priority for deadlines and attention to detail.

Working at WatchHouse

At WatchHouse, we are a people first business. We treat everyone with respect. We pride ourselves in creating an environment where diversity is celebrated, equality is insisted and inclusion expected. A company where we believe in having the right person in the role; and personality, individuality and uniqueness top the list of what we are looking for in applications and throughout our hiring process.

We also know that everyone is different, and we value and respect diversity, standing up for equality and standing against any form of discrimination. Decisions about and the treatment of people at work should be based on the individual's abilities, skills, performance and behaviour- these should be assessed against the WatchHouse job description requirements for each individual role.

We are always patient and considerate towards others. Encouraging, approachable and communicate brilliantly. We strive to be the best we can be, by giving and receiving regular and honest feedback in a professional manner. We plan ahead, prioritise and are mindful and respect the time of others. We complete every task to the best of our ability. Always happy to ask for help, work in cohesion with other people/departments and share successes.

We work to make WatchHouse an environment of trust and comradery, where others are inspired to play their part in working effectively together. Building strong relationships with others and demonstrating positive energy. We recognize and value the contribution of others across the business, working together to deliver the Modern Coffee experience to each and every person touched by our business.