As a social enterprise, our driving principle is to achieve a societal impact. We want to fundamentally change the food system and ensure that everyone has access to delicious and nutritious food.  The surpluses we make from our catering and retail are reinvested to help us achieve our objectives and improve people’s lives.

Vacancies

For all jobs and volunteer roles you’ll get a meal when you’re working with us. Sitting and eating together isn’t just important in the community but for our team too. 

Chair

We’re looking for a new Chair of the board. We would love to hear from you if you’d like to play an instrumental part in our organisation and you have the following experience –

  • Previous experience of Chairing a minimum of one other board – preferably a charity or social enterprise
  • Sound knowledge of financial reporting and governance
  • Experience of funding
  • Good track record of managing significant budgets and reviewing financial plans
  • Good network of contacts in Edinburgh
  • Knowledge of the charity sector
  • Strategic thinker with clear vision
  • Strong public speaker
  • Approachable nature with strong ethical values and inspiring leadership
  • Experience in or knowledge of education and/or health would be an advantage

 

The role of the Chair involves

  • Leading the board and ensuring the right balance of skills required
    • Leading on recruitment of suitable new board members
    • Following up with charity trustees on items or actions outstanding 
    • Encouraging dialogue and participation from board members
    • Developing an ethical culture in line with the values of the organisation. 
  • Promoting good governance and financial planning 
    • Overseeing the legal requirements and annual financial reporting of the organisation
    • Ensuring Companies House information is up to date
    • Working with the accountant, bookkeeper and treasurer to ensure accurate financial documentation is produced
    • Ensuring effective insurance and liability cover is in place
    • Helping to develop budgets and forecasts to enable the smooth financial running of the organisation
    • Overseeing funding and ensuring critical costs are covered
    • Ensuring clarity of financial reporting and P&L
  • Providing supervision and support to the Head of Food Education
    • Weekly call to check in and offer a sounding board / support with any issues
    • Offering training and development where needed
  • Acting as a figurehead or spokesperson where required
    • Attending meetings of political or high-profile nature
    • Speaking at public events where required
    • Developing network of contacts and partnership organisations with Head of Food Education

If you’re interested in applying for the position of Chair then please email chair@edinburghfoodsocial.org and you will be sent the short application form.

Treasurer

  • Previous experience of being a Treasurer, or knowledge of what the Treasurer role entails gained from working with / in at least one other organisation
  • Sound knowledge of financial reporting and governance oversight essential
  • Experience of sourcing funding preferable but not essential
  • Good network of contacts in Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond
  • Knowledge of the charity / social enterprise sector preferable
  • Strategic thinker
  • Accountancy background
  • Approachable nature with strong ethical values and inspiring leadership

Part-time Catering Chef

We have a wonderful opportunity for someone to join our team to play lead on cooking for our catering jobs. 

As a social enterprise, our driving principle is to achieve a societal impact. We want to fundamentally change the food system and ensure that everyone has access to delicious and nutritious food.  The surpluses we make from our catering and retail are reinvested to help us achieve our objectives and improve people’s lives.  We need to take someone on who can help ensure our events are a success. 

This Chef will help our Head of Food pitch and plan menus and they will be responsible for leading teams of Chefs in our kitchen and different event venues. They need to be able to work in the kitchen independently and hold their own at a job. 

We’re looking for someone who is a confident Chef who has a passion for local and seasonal food. They will have experience of working with and preferably leading, other Chefs.

We believe that it’s impossible to make great food without great ingredients and we are always working with local growers, farmers and producers to source fantastic produce to turn into delicious dishes.

Good food is so important to us. We love food and you need to love it too.

Our food revolves around what is available to us during each season and we, therefore, don’t have quite as fixed menus as lots of places.  We also get food donated and so you need to be able to think on your feet and pull together delicious dishes based on what we have. 

Ideally, the candidate will also have some experience of teaching and will be able to help out with occasionally teaching young people in our kitchen or in schools.

We would love to take on someone full-time but unfortunately cannot currently afford to do that so we are recruiting someone to work:

  • 16 hours/2 days per week (with paid overtime for extra events) 
    • Ideally, there will be flexibility with the days to allow for events being possible. 
  • 12 days of annual leave 
  • £28,080 // £ 11,232.00  pro-rata //  £13.50 p/h

As we work with young people the candidate will have to carry out a Disclosure Scotland check. 

Please send a cover letter, copy of your CV and 2 references to catering@edinburghfoodsocial.org if you would like to apply.
Feel free to also get in touch- and pass on your phone number if you would like to discuss the position and find out some more information. 

Event Chefs

As COVID calms down we have more and more catering jobs and community food events coming up and we need Chefs to help us pull them all off.

We are looking for people who can work the occasional day here and there and don’t mind being added to a list of people when we ask when we need extra help for a job. 

We’ve got breakfasts, weddings, canape parties and dinners at community festivals…. 

If you were able to volunteer your time to help us with these events then that would be amazing. Any and all surplus from paid events goes into our community food provision and projects we teach in educationally and nutritionally deprived areas. 

As much as we want to spend as much money on those most in need as we can we also appreciate that Chefs deserve to be paid for their work too. So, if you’re not in a position to volunteer but still have the capacity to help out with events then please get in touch and we can pay you as a freelance Chef.

Our freelance Chef rate will be £11.25- 12.50pp/h depending on experience. 


If you’re interested then please email hello@edinburghfoodsocial.org and provide:
– A copy of your hygiene qualifications  

– A reference (or two if you are looking for freelance work) 

– A brief cover letter with information on your cooking experience (or a CV if you’d prefer) 

– Info on any restrictions you have on days/times you could help etc. 

Waitstaff

We are also looking for people to staff front of house at our events.

If you like working with people and have the capacity to volunteer or work as a freelance member of waitstaff for us then you can join our pool of people we contact when we have events coming up. Freelance wait staff are paid £10p/h. 

We are always trying to make people smile with great food and drinks. Help us improve people’s special days by providing the best front of house experience.

We’re particularly looking for people with their own transport however, this is not essential.

If you’re interested then please get in touch with catering@edinburghfoodsocial.org and:
– Let us know any and all relevant experience 

– Clarify if you’re looking to volunteer or be freelance 

– Info on any restrictions you have on days/times you could help etc.