Loaf Cafe, 307-309 Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 4LP

Schedule & Rate of Pay

Closing date

31 December 2021, 12:00:00

Job Type


40 hours per week, £22,000 per annum


Job description

Loaf Catering is a social enterprise delivering outside catering for events across Greater Belfast. Our flagship building Loaf Café on the Grosvenor Road is home to our food preparation and production unit for all outside catering and supply to our other sites; The Bobbin Café in Belfast City Hall, Loaf Pottery in Crawfordsburn and our newest addition the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. All our profits support people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Cook to join our team. The successful candidate will have the ability to produce high quality home made food whilst leading the food production team in a fast paced, high volume catering environment. All roles within Loaf Catering support training and employment opportunities for local people with learning difficulties.



1. Ability to be flexible and adaptable and to work evenings, weekends and public holidays on a rota basis as required.

2. Ability to work on own initiative and without direction.

3. A can-do attitude and able to work in a team.

4. Hard working with a willingness to learn.

5. NVQ Level 2 Catering and Hospitality or equivalent eg City and Guilds.

6. Essential Food Hygiene Certificate.

7. Sound knowledge of Health and safety Procedures including COSHH and HACCP.


1. Bakery or Patisserie qualification.

2. A1 / A2 Assessor Award or prepared to work towards same.

3. Intermediate food Hygiene Certificate or willing to work towards same.

4. Experience of working with adults with a learning disability.

5. Sound knowledge and experience of catering for customers with different dietary requirements.

About us

We're a social enterprise based in Belfast but working across Northern Ireland to support people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future. Loaf Catering is our catering business which delivers outside catering to businesses, functions etc. We run six cafes four are in Belfast - The Bobbin in City Hall, Loaf on Grosvenor Road and the cafes at Ulster Museum and the Folk at Transport Museum at Cultra.

We also have a cafe at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. Loaf Pottery our sixth site is our pottery, pizzeria and coffee shop in Crawfordsburn where we offer wood fired pizzas and our range of beautiful handthrown pottery.

For every £1 invested in NOW Group 2019/20 we generated £20 in social value.

Support people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future.

We challenge convention, ourselves and each other. We have the strength, willingness and determination to initiate, make things happen and to carry them through.

We are all champions of NOW Group. We take personal responsibility for achieving our objectives. We act with openness, integrity and trust. We ask for help, admit to our mistakes and put things right.

We are one company across all services and locations. We work towards a common goal through cooperation and teamwork. We are all NOW Group people and treat each other with respect regardless of status.

Our services change lives. We listen to our participants*, their families and communities and use continuous improvement to deliver results. We are relentless in our pursuit of success and excellence. (*also external and internal customer)

We are a business committed to doing the right thing for our staff, the environment and society. We run a catering business that uses and sells no single use plastic and all our packaging is compostable. We do not use single use plastic in our head office and all our staff have been supplied with either a reusable water bottle or coffee cup. We run wellbeing initiatives which include a health cash plan, stakeholder pension scheme (5% employer contribution), Bike to Work scheme, flexible/agile working. We offer opportunities for our staff to volunteer at the social and other events that we run for our participants. We only want the best, most motivated people in NOW Group. Everything we do is focused on supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs with a future. It’s in our DNA. We are socially focused and expect our staff to be entrepreneurial. We are constantly changing, evolving and innovating so expect change.

Professional & personal development opportunities.