Café Assistant Manager

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Manager to help with the management and running of the Café.

This progressive family owned rural estate is located at the heart of the South Downs National Park and employs over 200 staff.

The successful applicant will enjoy being part of a hardworking, sociable team and have fantastic customer service skills.  You will have previous supervisory experience, be confident, friendly, and outgoing, with a positive can-do attitude.

Role Overview:

Assistant Manager/Assistant Café Manager – Cowdray Estate –

Full time, 45 hours per week including weekend work.

The Assistant Café Manager role is an integral part of the café management team. Working alongside our Café Manager, Emma; you will be responsible for helping to run this busy enterprise and have responsibility for:

  • Day to day running of the Café & Cowdray Express, to include all training of team members
  • Assisting with managing and training the Café team including arranging our team building activities and events.
  • Maintaining health and hygiene standards
  • Opening and closing the Café including cashing up
  • The ordering system and wastage monitoring.
  • Assisting in developing the Café’s offering and growing the business.

About you – You will:

  • Enjoy being part of a hardworking, sociable team and have fantastic customer service skills.
  • Have experience in catering and hospitality, or high street coffee shop multiples with barista training (desirable).
  • Have experience of high street coffee shop multiples would be welcome
  • Have achieved a Food Hygiene qualification – Level 2 (desirable)
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, customer facing role remaining calm under pressure
  • Possess excellent communication skills, great attention to detail and have proven organisational skills
  • Have previous supervisory experience, to lead, mentor, develop and motivate our café team.
  • Be confident, friendly, and outgoing, with a positive attitude.
  • Enjoy good food and be keen to learn more about where the food comes from, how it is made and how best to enjoy it.
  • Work well under pressure and possess strong interpersonal skills

What we can offer you:

  • The support of our fantastic Café Manager and a warm and friendly team
  • Opportunities to build a career, to learn new skills to grow and develop if you wish to.
  • Subsidised food
  • A comprehensive wellbeing programme such as massage sessions and exercise classes
  • Discount card for our award-winning Farm Shop
  • Calendar of social events to be enjoyed throughout the year

Cowdray Estate

The Estate is steeped in history and heritage. It contains the ruins of one of England most important early Tudor Houses and is the home of British Polo. There is also our award-winning Farm Shop & Café, a championship Golf Course, Holiday Accommodation, Wellbeing Centre and Cowdray House, a luxury event venue which sit alongside the more traditional estate activities including farming, forestry and deer management.

Job Types: Permanent, Full-time

Pay: Up to £32,000 per year


  • Company events
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • On-site parking
  • Store discount
  • Wellness programme

Work Location: In person

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