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Listed by Heriot-Watt University Student Union


To apply for this role, please send your CV along with a covering letter outlining why you'd be the best person for this role, to


This role is paid £12.45 per hour, which works out to be £22,993 per year.


This role will work 8 hours per day (with 1 hour unpaid lunch break), 5 days per week. Some evening and weekend work will be required (but we'll give you plenty of notice!)


We'll be in touch if we think your application fits with the role, and will invite you to come in for an interview so we can get to know you better.


What’s the job?

We are looking for an energetic, self motivated person to work our bar kitchen. You will work as part of a close team to feed the hungry students in the Union’s eating outlets, providing outstanding customer service and making sure your kitchen is the cleanest in Edinburgh.

The cook will be repsonsible for making sure our kitchen runs smoothly. This will include taking the lead over busy service periods (lunch / dinner) cooking food to order as our students purchase in our outlets, thinking ahead and preparing what you need in advance to make service as slick as possible. From time to time you will also need to cook simple meals for large groups which is served buffet-style. 

This role would also require you to place orders with our suppliers and making sure we don't run out of anything (seriously, you wouldn't want to see what happens if we were to run out of halloumi fries!). We'd also expect you to be able to follow current legislation around food safety including everything and anything to do with allergens.

This is a full time job, so we think it is unlikely that it would be suitable for current students studying at Heriot-Watt. Shifts will be five, eight hour shifts spread across the week with 1 hour of unpaid breaks per day. Flexibility is essential as some early starts and later finishes may be required. Flexibility is expected depending on what we have going on.

Who are we?

We are Heriot-Watt University Student Union. We’re based at Riccarton and our main goal is to make sure that Heriot-Watt students have THE BEST TIME whilst studying here. As well as the kitchen, we have a bar, café, nightclub and shop, plus we work with Students to make their time at Heriot-Watt the best it can be.

You’ll join a friendly, hardworking and professional team and have a real opportunity to make a difference to the food our students eat.

What do you get?

You will be paid £22,993 per year (which is £12.45 per hour), gain invaluable catering experience and get that warm fuzzy feeling knowing you’ve made a genuine difference to someone’s day by providing a tasty meal that keeps them going.

Generous holiday entitlement plus the added advantage that we are also closed over the Christmas and New Year period as well as Easter Weekend.

Is this job for you?

If you answer yes to these questions, then apply now!

  • Can you make a big pot of freshly made soup? Who doesn't love some hearty, freshly made soup?
  • Can you prepare enough macaroni cheese to feed 40 people? We often cater for on-campus Sports Club matches
  • Are you able to cook food to order? This might be frying and plating a burger, or cooking some pasta and sauce
  • Do you work well under pressure? (imagine a busy lunchtime with 20 orders all dropping within 5 minutes of each other!)
  • Can you train and share knowledge with others? We employ a lot of our students who love to learn from experts like you
  • Do you love the industry you a part of? You've got to love food to take on this job!
  • Can you keep up to code regarding food hygience requirements? We're talking temperature checks, stock rotation, allergen management etc.

This is a full-time job, so we don't think it would be suitable for a current student studying at Heriot-Watt.

If you’re not yet sure and want to have an informal chat about the job please contact Stewart MacDonald, Head of Commercial Development on

Sounds great, what next?

If you think this sounds like the job for you then please send your CV along with a covering letter, outlining why you'd be the best person for the job, to


Click here to download the full Job Description

All Year Full Time Not suitable for current students Paid

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