Loaf Café Production Manager

Loaf Café and Bakery, 307 Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 4LP

Schedule & Rate of Pay

Closing date

21 June 2021, 11:00:00

Job Type

Permanent contract 40 hours per week

Monday to Sunday Evenings and weekends / Salary £26,000 per annum


Job description

Main Function: 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 across our 6 Cafes. The Production Manager will have a love of food and will assume overall responsibility for operations across the Café and Corporate Catering, ensuring quality standards are maintained in line with our ‘special recipe’ guidelines.  The successful candidate will provide leadership and management to the site and work closely with our Executive team to develop our products financially, socially and responsibly. 

1. Support and manage the Loaf team to maintain high standards in food production and customer service. 

1. Ensure brand standards are adhered to in line with Loaf’s Operating Manual. 

3. Manage the team including appraisals, staff issues, training, delegate on shift. 

4. Plan rotas to reflect forecasted sales to maintain wage percentage target. 

5. Maintain weekly income generation and GP targets. 

6. Stock control including daily orders, stocktake, managing wastage. 

7. Follow Health & Safety, HACCP & COSHH policies and processes. 

8. Provide direct support to Front of House Supervisor, Cook Supervisor & Corporate Catering Manager. 

9. Motivate and lead staff to drive performance.  

10. Oversee the sales process from production to delivery. 

11. Provide opportunities to support and enhance our participants experience on the Loaf Academy. 



Ability to be flexible and adaptable as hours of work will include evenings and weekends as appropriate.  

Ability to supervise staff and work under pressure.  

At least 2 years paid experience managing in a hospitality / food production.  

Experience of managing GP targets against a budget.    


Cooking / baking experience. 

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.