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CURRENT VACANCIES

We always welcome applications from positive, friendly and hard working individuals who want to work somewhere that aligns with their values.

Check out our current vacancies below...

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COFFEE SHOP CREW

Vegetarian, vegan, or not? Join us at the forefront of the vegan revolution. By providing an impeccable offering of our own cafe-made food, speciality coffee and loose leaf teas, all served with brilliant service, we challenge outdated views on vegan food and non-dairy coffee and welcome everyone to enjoy food and drink that is good for them, the planet and for all our non-human friends.

Not only are we a vegan business, we try to operate with the best practices and policies for the whole biosphere, while not sacrificing on taste and customer experience. Our ethics permeate all our decisions and we try to be open and transparent with staff and customers which creates a warm, positive and authentic feel to the cafe.

Interested? You’ll be passionate about ethical food and speciality coffee. Ideally, you’ll have a minimum of 6 months’ experience working in a busy coffee shop, cafe or restaurant though the right attitude, willingness to learn and a desire to work in vegan hospitality will count in lieu of experience. You’ll share all cafe duties with others and get involved in any task associated with running a busy cafe. In return, we will create a vibrant environment where you’ll relish coming to work each day, changing the world, one cappuccino at a time.

   Main Responsibilities:

  • Give a personal, smiley and warm welcome to every customer and serve them with a respect and efficiency that surpasses their expectations

  • To operate safely observing in house Covid-19 precautions and procedures

  • Ensure the cafe is fit for service at all times and leave it in the condition you’d like to find it

  • Ensure that food and drink is stored, prepared and presented according to health and safety legislation and cafe standards at all times

  • Prepare hot drinks including espresso-based coffees and loose leaf teas to perfecting standards in accordance with cafe training (full training offered)

  • Communicate and work well with front-of-house team and kitchen to ensure operations are smooth

  • Champion our home made food and serve it with care, avoiding unnecessary food waste

  • Use and maintain cafe equipment correctly and safely at all times and in accordance with relevant cafe policies and training

  • Perform all cleaning and hygiene tasks required such as cleaning workstations, tables and washing up

  • Restock wholefoods shop section shelves as required

  • Cash handling and using a till

  • Potential opportunity to work in the kitchen too (if desired) and be involved in cafe cooking and baking

 

   Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Exceptional customer service and people skills

  • Experience working in a busy, fast paced cafe or restaurant including preparing food and achieving high levels of cleanliness

  • Barista experience preferred but not essential

  • Current Food Hygiene certificate (not essential)

 

   Personal Qualities:

  • Warm, genuine people manner

  • Be able to work quickly and efficiently under pressure

  • Reliable with an excellent work ethic

  • Be positive and have a ‘can-do’ attitude

  • Ability to multi-task well and recognise shifting priorities at busy times

  • Attention to process, detail and quality

  • Great communication skills

  • Passion for implementing environmentally friendly practices in the workplace

  • Happy to work weekends and some early mornings

  • Willingness to learn, be flexible, pitch-in and embrace change

  • Ability to work well alone as well as in a team

  • Interest in speciality coffee and loose leaf teas and their origins

  • A passion for organic vegetables and ‘real’, ethically sourced food

  • Fluent English speaker, ability to speak another language a benefit

 

   What we will offer you:

  • Training rate of pay of £9.00 per hour, rising to £9.20-£10 after training. Pay is part based on performance; we reward hard work (to our standards) and commitment with further higher rates of pay. Fast promotion to senior position or eventually progression to Manager for the right candidate.

  • A positive and empowering vegan working environment

  • Generous staff discount

  • Full lunch provided, free coffee and unlimited tea (plus leftovers at the end of the day)

  • Flight free holiday travel scheme (extra pay and time for overland travel)

  • Possible free short term accommodation with us, and we can also help find accommodation locally, please ask about this as part of your application

  • Access to occupational training dependent on commitment

  • A permanent job in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, surrounded by mountains, wildlife, Winter sports, mountain biking, trad climbing and hiking

 

To apply, please include your CV and a covering letter detailing how you fit the bill through Vegan Jobs, or via manager@wildcatcafe.co.uk. Interviews will be held week commencing 12 April.

PLANT BASED CHEF

We’re looking to recruit a productive and pro-active person to assist the Head Chef in creating delicious plant-based food prepared from raw ingredients and to exacting standards. You don't have to be vegan, but you’ll be passionate about vegan cuisine with incredible flavours and baking cakes, biscuits, traybakes and making soups and sandwich fillings from scratch.

Most of our customers are not plant-based and some are skeptical about giving us a try, but every dish is an opportunity to inspire and delight people and maybe even change their view of vegan cooking. To do this we make everything on site using quality organic ingredients grown in the UK as much as possible and offer a small but varied menu including familiar items (e.g. baked beans, hummus) and more adventurous or unusual foods too (e.g. jackfruit based sandwich).

 

You’ll be keen to join our small team and get stuck in with all jobs including thorough cleaning and washing up as well as range of food tasks such as making up sandwiches for the day, cake baking/icing, vegetable prep and making savoury items such as hummus (or other spreads) and soups. Most food is prepared in advance but there may be some simple cooking and plating up to order too.

Once training is complete, there will be days you may be solely responsible for the kitchen, following task lists and ensuring everything is completed to high standards and on time. Previous professional kitchen/food experience is desirable although not essential; an interest in the job, thinking on your feet, enthusiasm to learn, ability to keep up under pressure and the right attitude is equally important. Training can be provided.

You'll work closely alongside our Head Chef, and with the rest of the cafe team to ensure the smooth operation of the cafe in accordance with our policies. You'll be willing to work weekends and daytime shifts with evening shifts for occasional special events.You’ll be proud of The Wildcat’s pioneering and environmentally responsible offering in the Highlands, and will help inspire customers through the food you create.

 

   Main Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and cook a range of plant-based dishes including cakes, soups and sandwich fillings

  • Make up sandwiches each morning

  • Plate up simple dishes on demand when required

  • Support head chef with vegetable prep

  • Share the washing up and cleaning of the kitchen as you work and also at the end of the day

  • Support Head Chef in restocking kitchen shelves and checking and unpacking deliveries

  • Ensure that, food and drink is stored, prepared and presented according to health and safety legislation and cafe standards

  • Contribute to cleaning and maintenance of general cafe space including utility room

  • Utilise and maintain cafe equipment correctly and safely at all times and in accordance with relevant cafe policies

   

   Desirable Skills and Experience: 

  • Current Food Hygiene certificate and knowledge of Cooksafe

  • Experience working in a commercial kitchen or cafe including preparing plant based food achieving high levels of cleanliness

  • Experience baking breads and cakes

 

   Personal Qualities:

  • Passion for great food and flavours

  • Interest in plant-based, organic, ‘real’ food and wider food systems

  • Interest in wholefood plant based nutrition and healthy cooking minimising oil/salt use

  • Ability to multi-task well and adapt workflow during the day as required

  • Attention to process, detail and quality

  • Ability to work quickly and well under pressure without supervision

  • Happy to work Saturdays and early mornings

  • Be positive and have a ‘can-do’ attitude

  • Great communication skills

  • Willingness to learn, be flexible, pitch-in and embrace change

  • Ability to work well alone as well as in a team

  • Passion for implementing environmentally friendly practices in the workplace

  • Ability to manage food to avoid waste

 

   Our offer:

  • A positive and empowering working environment

  • Short term accommodation may be available for those moving to the area, please enquire upon application

  • Free lunch every shift and a generous staff discount on other purchases

  • £9 - £10.50 per hour based on experience and after training

  • Access to occupational training

  • Eco discounts and incentives

  • A job surrounded by mountains, lochs, Winter sports, mountain biking, trad climbing, kayaking and hiking.

 

This is a 4 or 5 day permanent position. To apply, please send us your CV and a covering letter saying how you fit the bill to manager@wildcatcafe.co.uk. Online interviews will be held week commencing Monday 12 April.