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General Assistant (Pantry)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Introduction

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Making sure that the House is clean and sanitary by undertaking general cleaning duties to the high standard expected. These cleaning duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting the Chef/Assistant chef to ensure that the kitchen, dining room and relevant common areas are kept to the standard of cleanliness required;
  • Washing up after meals;
  • Cleaning fridges and store cupboards;
  • Cleaning other areas of the boarding house as requested (including ablution blocks and pupil rooms);
  • Setting up the dining room in advance of house meals;
  • Bringing food from the kitchen to the dining room and either serving the boys or assisting the boys to serve themselves (depending on the meal) and clearing away the dirty plates and cutlery;
  • Helping the chef to prepare food and present the food

Main Duties

Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), a cycle to work scheme and free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities.

The Ideal Candidate

Skills and Competencies Required

You may enjoy this role, if:

  • You have a flexible approach to work and a ‘can do’ attitude;
  • You have great attention to detail and take pride in your work – you’re keen to deliver the highest possible standards and you understand the impact your work has on boys who are away from home, especially boys who have recently joined the College and who are in unfamiliar surroundings;
  • You enjoy working as part of a team and you are happy to get stuck in and support your colleagues;
  • You enjoy engaging with young people and you are keen to develop good professional relationships with the boys, and you will always act in the boys’ best interests;
  • You have good verbal communication skills;
  • You are punctual and well presented;
  • Ideally you will have worked in a similar role, however this is not essential if you have the right attitude and you are keen to learn


General Assistants are key roles within the College, and have an important part to play in making the boys’ experience of College life the best it can be. As a General Assistant (Pantry) you could be working anywhere within our boarding houses, but it is likely that you will spend most of your time working within the Pantry of a boarding house, helping to provide a full dining room service to our pupils. This includes helping chefs to prep and present food, undertaking general cleaning duties and assisting with Chambers and Messing Teas. 

This position is for 35.5 hours per week as set out below:

Monday - 7.00am - 2.00pm

Tuesday - 7.00am - 2.00pm

Wednesday – Day off

Thursday – 10.00am – 2.00pm

Friday - 7.00am – 10.00am

Saturday - 7.00am - 2.00pm

Sunday – 12.30pm – 8.00pm

About the College

Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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