Kitchen Assistant Full/Part Time

Working at Buckfast Abbey

Job Title: - Kitchen Assistant Full/Part Time

Location: Buckfast Abbey, Devon

Contract Type: Full time/Part time Permanent

Salary: £8.51 per hour (aged 18 to 20 yrs) / £9.56 per hour (aged 21 and over)

Hours of Work: Flexible hours. To include evenings and weekends   

To apply: please submit a CV to 



Located at the centre of a picturesque valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Buckfast Abbey is home to a community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks, who live their lives of prayer, work, and study according to the ancient rule of St Benedict. 

The heart of our site is the Abbey Church and Monastery – the place in which the Monastic Community lives and prays at various times throughout the day. Our site is historic – the original Abbey being founded in 1018 AD. 

Today, our site is a flourishing complex of buildings which the monks have continually developed to aid them in realising their vision for Buckfast - to be a national centre of witness to God, and the Roman Catholic faith. To that end, the community places a great value upon hospitality, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

Our site includes beautiful gardens, a restaurant, multiple retail outlets, a conference centre, and a broad range of guest accommodation. To aid them in operating and maintaining the site, the community employs over a hundred members of staff, and offers a variety of interesting and rewarding career opportunities.


Aim of the role

As a Kitchen Assistant, working mainly in Northgate Hotel, with some cover provided to other kitchens across the Abbey, your key objective is to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness and tidiness, according to current health and food hygiene legislation, at all times. 

 Development opportunities are available to candidates seeking progression in kitchen or hotel environment. 

Main Responsibilities 

The following list is not exhaustive but gives an example of the main duties expected.

  • Thorough cleaning of designated areas, sweeping and mopping of floors, ensuring that all surfaces are hygienically cleaned as requested. 
  • Cleaning of fridges, shelving, food preparation areas, cupboards and trolleys.
  • Prepare the dishwasher for the days’ use by checking that it is in working order and has sufficient chemicals for the day’s operation.  Report faults or dishwasher cleaning products required.
  • Ensure that all dirty crockery and cutlery is cleared off the service hatch area; wash in the appropriate manner; once cleaned, stack all items safely on the correct shelves or send clean crockery, cutlery and glassware to the appropriate outlet as required by the waiting staff. 
  • Ensure machines and equipment are kept clean and that all cleaning schedules are followed.
  • All rubbish and food waste must be removed and disposed of correctly.

Person specification - Essential qualities

  • Relevant experience in a catering environment. 
  • An effective team player.
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • Knowledge of handling and operation of equipment.
  • Working knowledge of health and safety procedures.
  • Attention to detail. 
  • An empathy with the Catholic ethos of the site.

Person Specification – Desirable qualities

  • Intermediate/Advanced Food Hygiene qualification.

Our Values, Ethos and Culture

Confidentiality: As an employee, you must maintain confidentiality of information about other employees as well as the intellectual property of Buckfast Abbey and be aware of the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Standards of Professional Conduct: We expect all employees to maintain the highest standards of conduct at all times, acting as a positive ambassador for the Abbey. The Employee Handbook sets out these expectations. Copies are available for every new employee.

Health & Safety: All employees should be aware of the responsibility placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment. Further information relating to this is detailed on the Health and Safety signage around the site. Our efforts to promote and operate within an effective safety culture can only succeed with the full co-operation of all its employees.  

Equality & Diversity: All employees are required to treat all co-workers and visitors to our site equally, respectfully and with dignity, regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and personal partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All employees must abide by these principles and comply with our policies and strategies that underpin this ethos. 

Safeguarding: Employees should be aware of their responsibility to report any unacceptable behaviour / safeguarding issues in a confidential and timely manner to the Independent Safeguarding Co-ordinator. 

Training and Professional Development: To attend all training courses as required and proactively engage in our personal development processes.

Communication: To attend staff and team meetings; this includes 1-2-1 meetings with line management. To keep appropriate, clear, accurate and timely records as required of the role and in line with our policies and legislation. 

Team working: To liaise with, co-operate with and support all employees in a positive way that fosters good working relationships and collaboratively meets our objectives.

Flexibility: Employees may be asked to undertake other duties, as appropriate, which are considered reasonable and equal to the post as described above. 

Culture: Buckfast Abbey is a place of community, where everyone will show respect and dignity towards each other, towards all members of the Monastic Community and guests, be approachable and friendly and have empathy with the Catholic ethos of the site. 

To apply, please submit a CV to 

Download an application form here

Please send it to: 

HR Department
Buckfast Abbey