Sous Chef

Irasshaimase !

Location: Ichiba

Pay rate: £27,000 (after probation £28,000)

Working hours: 45 hours a week 

Job Role: As Sous Chef you will stand second in the Ichiba kitchen hierarchy, which will give you full control over the kitchen and direct responsibility for the food quality produced.

 Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Ensure customer requests and feedback, both verbal and written are responded promptly and efficiently
  • Ensure Mystery Guests Results are achieved to a high standard
  • Be a role model, setting an example to colleagues and acting with discretion at all times.
  • To be actively involved in all colleague related issues and to handle them in a professional manner.
  • Provide necessary leadership, planning and communication skills to ensure the timely delivery of self-set goals.  
  • Build strong relationships with clients and suppliers, including consultants
  • Managing and developing colleagues, scheduling and supervising new team members
  • Determine team staffing needs and recruit staff if and when required
  • To understand the need for training and development of all colleagues. 
  • Take a proactive approach in training colleagues on their responsibilities regarding Fire Safety, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and Customer Service.
  • Appraise colleagues (and managers) annually, providing a succession plan; performance managing colleagues as required.
  • Undertaking operational management of food production, producing high quality dishes
  • Overseeing the preparation and presentation of the menu to meet the agreed standards
  • Make sure that the professional equipment is in good conditions and signal any malfunction before it affects the staff or the clients
  • Maintain Monthly Expenses Budget: keeping record of all expenses on a monthly basis; planning ahead on any projects and/or tasks .
  • Payroll controls, to hit plan – support HR with monthly analysis of controls
  • Food cost controls to be within agreed budgets including stock loss and shrink. 
  • Record and report any ordering costs and cash loss
  • Equipment and dilapidation cost controls reported monthly – manage contracts wisely, spending in a prudent way
  • Report on any accounts or sales exceptional items – monitoring ‘complimentary losses and any site cash discrepancies.
  • Manage food waste to prescribed and agreed limits
  • Control costs on other expenses such as uniform, stationery and travel.

A 2 hour trail shift is required before employment is considered. 

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Japan Centre Ichiba
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Employee Benefits

Join us and you get all these amazing benefits!

  • Employee discount across Shoryu Ramen, Heddon Yokocho, Ichiba and Japan Centre

  • Free staff meal on duty for restaurant colleagues

  • Auto-enrollment pensions scheme

    3% contribution from Now Pensions

  • Perkbox

    Employees get discount from big brand retailers, and enter weekly competitions!

  • Enjoy Benefits

    Salary Sacrifice benefits. E.g. Save money on gym membership, nursery fees, Cycle to work scheme and more!


I am excited to welcome you to the Japan Centre family and share with you my passion for Japanese foods, traditions and heritage from my hometown Fukuoka. 

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