Head Butcher - Job Description

Sheppy's House of Cider

6th September 2019

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Sheppy’s House of Cider and Fine Foods is a recently re-developed visitor attraction including farm shop, cafe, restaurant and bar.  It is anticipated that the whole facility has the potential to become Somerset’s premier cider destination, serving tourists and locals alike with a first class experience in all public areas, based on a high level of customer care and attention to detail.


The facility is open seven days a week including Bank Holidays.

Closed:  Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day.


This post is for 40 hours per week spread over 5 days on a rota basis, including weekends and Bank Holidays. It is ideal for an experienced butcher with supervisory skills.


We are looking for:


A cheerful and enthusiastic team player who has the following personal qualities:


Excellent inter-personal skills

High standards of presentation personally and in all areas of work

A delightful manner with customers and colleagues alike

A team approach to the day-to-day menial tasks such as cleaning

Ideas and enthusiasm


The successful applicant will have:


Considerable (at least 3 years) butchery experience across all standard carcasses

Ability to manage a small butchery and butchery counter

Ability to manage junior staff and to delegate

Ability to liaise with the Head Chef to manage and minimise waste

High standards of meat presentation

Enthusiasm to grow and develop a good loyal customer base

Ability and willingness to exceed customer expectations

Ability to find trade accounts

Ability to effectively negotiate prices with suppliers and customers

A full clean driving licence

Ability to meet and manage HACCP and quality control procedures

Two good quality references relating to previous employment, attendance, honesty and personality


The post requires you to:


Put customers first and make yourself part of their memorable visit to Sheppy’s Cider

Encourage your colleagues by example to maximise the customer experience and sales

Observe and implement good health and safety and security practices

Be responsible for complying with COSHH regulations

Ensure the butchery is adequately stocked and presented, while avoiding waste

Liaise with the livestock manager about when a bullock is needed/ready for the butchery

Ensure that good cleanliness and hygiene are maintained in the butchery, with appropriate record keeping

Ensure all deliveries are checked and matched with orders

Be responsible for all ordering, pricing and managing margins

Work co-operatively with the Chef, Directors and senior managers and all other staff on a daily basis and in the management and planning of special events

Carry out any other tasks within your ability as requested by senior staff


Support and training will be given in all areas required.


The post-holder will report to the Directors.


You will receive:


On site free parking

20% staff discount on shop products, meals on duty and meals with a family member or friend (no more than one guest).

Enrolment in a pension Scheme with Royal London after a period of three months’ employment.


Terms of Employment:


Employer:                                Sheppy’s Cider Ltd


Hours of work:                        The post will be over 5 days a week, which will include weekends and may  include evenings.


Probation:                                5 months        


Salary Range:                          Salary will depend on experience


Holiday:                                  28 days per annum, including Bank Holidays


Start date:                                By 1st November, 2019


Application Deadline:             22nd September, 2019


Interview Dates:                      23rd, 24th, 25th September, 2019         



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