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Catering Assistant

Salary: £21,255 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (exclusive of meal breaks)

Contract Type: Permanent, subject to six months’ probation




Selwyn College wishes to appoint a Catering Assistant to join our friendly Catering Department.


Reporting to the College Butler and Hall Supervisors, the successful applicant will carry out a variety of tasks in the Servery, Dining Hall and Fellows High Table and will support the Head of Catering to meet College objectives.


Applicants must be polite, friendly, reliable and well-presented and have a passion for delivering the highest standards of customer service.  Our Catering Department has a 5 Star food hygiene rating and all of our waiting staff must be able to work to a high standard of cleaning and hygiene.  Previous experience of working in a catering environment is desirable, although training will be provided. If you are interested in working with our friendly and dedicated team and gaining exceptional catering and hospitality experience in a high-profile and historic setting, we would be excited to meet you.


If you are considering a move to University of Cambridge college hospitality, please take a look at the video on our vacancies page, which provides an insight into the variety of experiences available to those working in this exciting sector:


The College offers excellent benefits, including:

  • Generous occupational pension scheme
  • A free meal on duty
  • Free use of the College gym
  • Free on-site parking
  • Pleasant working environment
  • University of Cambridge staff card (for a small charge), which offers a wide variety of perks and local discounts
  • Access to the College Library and University Library
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Healthcare benefits*

*subject to completion of probationary period


Our beautiful grounds are generally open to visitors without appointment, so if you would like to have a look around Selwyn prior to submitting your application, you are very welcome to call in at the Porters’ Lodge. If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact us at the email address below and we will be happy to arrange an informal chat with our College Butler.


Selwyn College is home to students of all backgrounds from the UK and across the world. We are proud of our diversity. We are keen to receive applications from people who may be under-represented in our community.



Job Description (.pdf)

Application Form (.docx)


How to Apply

Send a completed application form via email to (Please do not send a CV unless this is accompanied by a completed application form.)

Closing Datenoon, Friday 30 June 2023*

Interview:  TBD

*Please note this is being run as a rolling recruitment process. We will be assessing applications, shortlisting and offering interviews as the applications are received, so we strongly encourage early applications.