We’ve got a career for every taste. Management jobs. Check! Chef jobs. Check! Part time and casual jobs. Yep, we’ve got those too! If you want to shape a career that makes your heart beat just that little bit faster. A career you actually want to get out of bed for… then there’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the Compass family. We’re a big business with big opportunities. You could join our ranks on the frontline, in operations, in our office-based central function teams, or at any of our thousands of events. Take a look at what we’ve got to offer
We’re 60,000 talented people bringing you all of the great tasting food, memorable experiences and vital support services that can transform every day into a great day. All of the little things that make the world of difference and boost the wellbeing of millions. From outstanding restaurant experiences, enhancing sporting events and feeding thousands of school children, patients, workers and military personnel, to delivering warm welcomes, clean buildings and safe environments. We’re here to inspire, protect, nourish and energise. To brighten your day.
We are in the business of brightening everyone’s day.
By providing delicious, nutritious meals and food on-the-go, we offer people moments of pleasure, and the energy to enjoy their day. We also provide the services that keep people’s workplaces safe, clean and well-run, creating welcoming spaces.
We are committed to doing all this as responsibly as possible. Our corporate responsibility programme that guides our business as we look to the future. It is helping us to manage emerging risks and uncover opportunities for further growth. By harnessing change, we can respond to new consumer needs and, in so doing, create value for our business and our clients.
Alongside our number one operational priority of Safety First, our corporate responsibility strategy has four pillars: Sourcing, People, Environment and Health.
They breathe life into our brands. They make great things happen. Sometimes, they just make you smile. Every day, in every corner of the country, 60,000 Compass people are brightening the day for our clients and their customers. They’re not just at the heart of our business – they are our business. And we need lots more just like them. We know better than anyone that in a service business your people make more of a difference than anything else. So we pull out all the stops to ensure our training and benefits are unbeatable. That way, we get to attract and retain the best of the best.
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Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Paula tried her hand at the ‘business world’ before deciding, at the age of 27, to go travelling. Her first year abroad was in Brighton, as a student working part time for a little hotel at the sea front. One day, Paula was required to unexpectedly cook for a group of European tourists when the kitchen was closed and from then on she was hooked. She moved to Spain, gaining apprenticeships at Michelin star restaurants Sauc and Evo after endless “pestering” of experienced chefs. One of her head chefs was the late Santi Santamaria, a legend in Catalonia but known for being unfavourable to the idea of female chefs working in his kitchens. Paula will always remember Santi’s face when he first saw her in chef’s whites in his new kitchen.
Later Paula moved to London, working for other Michelin starred restaurants. The work hours were extremely hard with long shifts and no time for personal matters and she always perceived it to be very difficult for a woman to have a family with such a frenetic lifestyle. When Paula was approached to work in contract catering she jumped at the possibility and having a life on the side, allowed by the more traditional work hours and weekends off.
Paula joined Compass when her head chef joined Restaurant Associates, extending the invitation to her. She has now been at Compass for seven years, and worked under some amazing mentors including Matthew Whitby and Ian Human, a group chef, who gave Paula immense support and helped hone and develop her skills. The culmination of her hard work was when she was invited for a second time to show off her pastry skills as part of the Restaurant Associates team to enter into professional baking competition Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.
On Women in Food:
I believe women need to be made aware that there can be equality in the kitchen. Being a chef is a career choice for both men and women, and I believe the women in food scheme supports this idea and encourages more women to enter the industry. I am also extremely proud to be part of the Women in Food Ambassador Programme and I hope this encourages more women to enter the culinary industry.
On Compass Group UK & Ireland:
As soon as I joined Compass, my mentors showed me how to survive in a busy kitchen, often known as the “man’s territory”. They made sure I continually proved myself and gained respect from my colleague chefs. The team I currently work with are called “the family”.
“I have now been with Compass for seven years, having the opportunity to work at two amazing locations. Both are amazing sites where I have been able to develop my skills and have always had the support needed from the company to move forward on my career.
Paula is part of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Women in Food Ambassador programme which aims to support the needs of female chefs and was formed following the launch of the business’ ‘Women in Food’ initiative.