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We are looking for a Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant this is a varied role which would suit a motivated, enthusiastic team player.

Job Specification

Job title: Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Contract type: Permanent. (The role has potential for being either full or part time.)

Salary: £22,000 + Monday – Friday 8.45 – 17.00

About Leiths School of Food and Wine

Leiths School of Food and Wine, based in West London, W12, is a first-class training school for chefs, attracting students of all ages from all over the world. With its dedicated teaching staff and friendly atmosphere, Leiths guiding principle is to impart enthusiasm for the trade and instil a lasting love of good food and wine.

Thousands of cooking enthusiasts attend our amateur courses each year, which range from Street Food to Sauces. For those with professional ambitions, the Leiths Diploma in Food and Wine is highly respected in the culinary world; notable alumni include Lorraine Pascale, Matt Tebbutt, Gizzi Erskine, Florence Knight and Diana Henry.

Founded by Prue Leith in October 1975, Caroline Waldegrave was the school’s first principal. In 1993 Caroline and Sir Christopher and Lady Jenny Bland purchased the school and Caroline remained at the helm until 2008. Former Leiths graduate and owner of Divertimenti Cookery School Camilla Schneideman replaced her and remains the managing director to this day.

Staff benefit from a free good quality, substantial lunch every day, and the potential opportunity to attend Leiths courses at special rates.

Job Description

We are looking for a Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant this is a varied role which would suit a motivated, enthusiastic team player. As our receptionist you will often be the first point of contact for our customers and as such will play a vital role in providing a great first impression of Leiths.

The successful candidate will be an extremely organised person with good typing, admin and IT skills. They must be a good communicator, have fluent spoken English and a friendly and professional telephone manner. Days are busy so they will need to have good time management skills and be able to work under pressure.

The job will involve answering phone enquiries and you will work as part of the Leiths admin team. In addition to answering the phone, you will be organising kitchen staff rotas, taking course bookings, and welcoming students to the school as required; alongside admin tasks such as typing wine notes, organising course certificates and some P.A. duties for the Leiths senior managers.

Training will be given on all Leiths systems and you will be supported by the Director of Operations and Events.

  • Strong Excel skills and good general computer knowledge
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to work in a busy, sometimes noisy environment


  • Knowledge of basic H.R. admin
  • Knowledge and interest in food

How to apply: Please email your CV and a short statement about what you feel you can bring to the role to info@leiths.com by the closing date of Thursday 18th April 2019. If you meet most, but not all of the job requirements, yet you are keen to learn and feel an affinity with Leiths, we would still encourage you to apply. Early application advised


  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths grade A – C
  • Fluent spoken English
  • Excellent telephone manner and communication skills
  • Organised, efficient and happy to take on administrative tasks
  • Initiative and enthusiasm, with the ability to work individually or as part of a team

Author: Ailie Bishop

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