Mess Manager

Job Type:
Job Sector:
Food, Beverage
South West
£26,000 to £27,000 per annum
Salary Description:
£26000 - £27000
Job Ref:

Due to internal promotion, Sodexo are currently looking for a Mess Manager at Larkhill Garrison in Wiltshire, close to the city of Salisbury.

The site has public transport links and is close to the M3 motorway.

The Royal Artillery Mess is the most prestigious mess within the Allenby Connaught contract. It is the home Officers mess of the Artillery and as such is the window in to the history of the Artillery Regiment, with Royal Artillery Regiments from around the world and reunions all taking place in the mess.

The successful candidate will be highly attuned to the traditions and ethos of the workings of a military mess as these are in line with how the mess is run. The candidate should be able to carry themselves with an authoritative and confident manner as they will need to be able to converse with senior Artillery officers, with the main one being the Master Gunner. Part of this role will also be to introduce young Officers in to the traditions and history of the Royal Artillery mess and have a good understanding of the historic pictures, silver and artefacts that are housed in the mess, full training will be given for this.

The mess holds numerous functions throughout the year, the majority being military style events so  experience  would be an advantage. The ideal candidate needs to be well organised, articulate and have a can do attitude in this very busy high profile environment, with these attributes the success that this job can bring is very rewarding knowing that they will be part of the fabric of the Royal Artillery Officers’ life.
Package description
£26,000 - £27,000 per annum
Bonus scheme
Pension scheme
Sodexo Discounts scheme

Main responsibilities
Plan and execute high-profile dinners and events in the mess
Leading and developing the mess team
Managing the mess budget
Maintain a strong client relationship
Taking responsibility for compliance requirements (HSE, people, finance, etc.)

Ideal candidateEssential

Demonstrate experience of working in a similar role within the service industry at a comparable level in a company
Good numerical and communication skills, must be able to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication
Management knowledge of health & safety and food safety
Able to work on own initiative within a team environment
Able to demonstrate working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
Proven experience in hospitality sector, including stock management, cash control and customer service
Able to demonstrate attention to detail and adherence to standards
Analyse problems analytically, develop opportunities and implement innovative solutions


IOSH and CIEH qualifications or equivalent
Proven experience of managing client relationships
Proven track record of leading, managing and developing a team
Experience of working in a military environment

About the companyIn the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 37,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their age, disability, gender, transgender, marital or family status, race or ethnicity, religious belief of sexual orientation are welcome to and included within our business.

Contact Details:
Tel: 01276 687 000
Contact: Ryan Candy

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